cell was taken from a sponge that had been suspended in the lake to allow it to become colonized by microbes. The lake contains many species of this genus. The diatom species in Mono Lake have been described in - Kociolek, JP and Herbst, DB. 1992. Taxonomy and distribution of benthic diatoms from Mono Lake, California. Tansactions of the American microscopical Society, 111: 338-255. Differential interference contrast optics.