POLYMORPHISM IN MASTOGLOIA1

Authors


  • 1

    Contribution No. 73, Great Lakes Research Division, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Michigan 48104.

SUMMARY

Cells in a -wild population of a species belonging to the diatom germs Mastogloia may form frustules of 2 strikingly different morphologic types during their vegetative life cycle. Total conversion from coarsely structured morphologic form to a more finely structured form takes place during a single division; hence no inter gradations between the 2 forms are evident. Intact frustules with 1 valve of each type leave no reasonable doubt of the ability to make the change.

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