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Volvox 1

Volvox 1
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Volvox aureus - Gelatinous balls consisting of thousands of tiny green algae in colony connected to each other by fine strings of plasm. Daughter colonies are enclosed.

Volvox 2

Volvox 2
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Volvox aureus - The structure of a hollow globe with green cells on the surface can clearly be discerned.

The volvox globe can spin with the help of specialised cilia cells. Beginning of multicellular stage and division of labour; the price to be paid (in consequence) is mortality.

Volvox 3

Volvox 3
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Volvox aureus - Asexual reproduction by pinching the daughter globe into the centre.

It is still dark green because it is crammed with cells containing chlorophyll. After splitting up and releasing her daughters the mother ball will die.