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Polystyrene Microspheres

Caption: The researchers used fluorescently labelled polystyrene microspheres to show how ingested microplastics were retained within the body tissues of the common shore crab, Carcinus maenas. Multiphoton imaging suggested that most microspheres were retained in the foregut after sticking to hair-like "setae" structures within the crabs.

Credit: Andrew Watts

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