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Protists can reproduce both by asexual and sexual methods.

1. Asexual Reproduction:

This is the most common method of reproduction in protists. Asexual reproduction takes place in favourable condition. Asexual reproduction involves only one parent, the offspring produced by this method are all alike genetically to the parent and are termed as clones.

It is of following types

  • Binary fission: - Two daughter cells are formed by the division of one mother cell. After this each daughter cell grows to form a normal organism. After binary fission, each daughter cell becomes an independent organism. It may be irregular as in… (353 more words) …

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Division - Chrysophyta/Bacillariophyta - Class - Bacillariophyceae – Diatoms

The members of Division - Bacillariophyta are known as Diatoms. Diatoms means-“Cut in to two”. This name is based on the cell wall of diatoms which is divided in to two parts. They have Holophytic mode of nutrition because they possess chloroplast.

Example of Diatoms - Navicula, Cyclotella, Pinnularia

  • Habitat: They are found in fresh water as well as in marine environments. They are microscopic and float passively in water currents (plankton).

  • Forms: Unicellular organisms with unique double shells made of silica, which are often strikingly and characteristically marked. The shells of diatoms are like small boxes with lids, one… (217 more words) …

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