1Characterized by opposite or alternating polarity.
- All cells in the colony are heteropolar, and all setae are directed toward one end of the chain.
- Valves bilaterally symmetrical, isopolar and circular, or heteropolar and subcircular or ± elliptical, with one pole smoothly rounded and the other very slightly pointed.
- A typical heteropolar magnetic bearing system is shown in the figure below.
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