I am two dozen and four sheaves of tree
I am an overview of dinoflagellate biology.
The symbiote that tells the ecologist
when something's awry
The murderer of fish, and of the
ruiner of the fishing economies on the
American pacific coast.
The thecate, armoured like cataphracts.
The athecate, naked and small,
lacking the amphiesma,
that would keep me from death.
I am the heterotroph,
feeding off of my fellows –
a predator, a parasite.
I am the obligate autotroph.
Photosynthetic, I provide for myself,
and the marine food web is based upon my efforts.
The mobility you see is a result of my defining feature;
a pair of flagella,
leading me into what
is lying directly ahead;
the other lateral,
sending me spinning
into tangents unexplored.
It's by no means the most complex arrangement,
but I'm satisfied with my way.
I am algal, a large group of protists,
I am not the intermediate step
between prokaryotes and eukaryotes.
I am no longer just a student.