Navicula lineola var. perlepida

Taxon ID: 92
Author: Grunow 1884   
Basionym: Navicula perlepida



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Observations: Sarah Spaulding and Rhea Esposito
Length: 11-23 µm
Width: 1.6-2.8 µm
Striae: 90-110 in 10 µm


Valves linear with rounded to slightly rostrate ends. Valves are extremely lightly silicified. Central sternum is positioned within a thickened linear rib that extends along the apical axis. Raphe is not visible in the light microscope. Striae are not visible in the light microscope. SEM: Externally, valves possess a simple linear raphe. Both proximal and distal raphe terminations are straight. Striae number greater than 90-110 in 10 µm. Striae are composed of simple round to elliptical areolae. Internally, the valves possess a straight termination of the distal raphe. An isolated punctum is present at the raphe termination.

Morphology: Naviculoid
Distribution: Widespread




This taxon does not belong in the genus Navicula Bory, as circumscribed by Cox (1979). The genus that it shares affiliation with is not clear, therefore we leave it within Navicula at the present time. Our specimens have amazingly fine striae at 90-110 striae in 10 µm, a density far finer than that visible in the light microscope. We are not aware of any other diatom with such fine striation, although no other reports of N. lineola var. perlepida include SEM observations. This finely silicified diatom is abundant in Lake Frxyell and Lake Bonney sediments, dominating the total number of cells in core sections indicative of carbonate rich, low lake stand conditions (Whittaker et al., in press). However, this diatom is so fine and difficult to see it may be easily overlooked. Furthermore, the frustules easily adhere to debris and most cell counts are likely underestimates of the abundance. Witkowski (2000) reports this diatom as a marine species common in the Arctic Ocean, yet we see it frequently in inland, but quite saline, lakes. Roberts and McMinn (1999) described Navicula adminii from the Vestfold Hills. Comparison of their pictures with unpublished material from the Vestfold Hills (Van de Vijver, unpublished results) and our material reveals that N. adminii is identical to our N. lineolae var. perlepida under the light microscope. We have not, however, examined the original type material in the SEM and it is possible that the Antarctic specimens should be separated and placed under the name N. adminii. SEM images provided by T. Whittaker and J. Croall.


McMurdo Dry Valleys Waterbodies with Navicula lineola var. perlepida

  • Blue Lake
  • Bowles Creek
  • Canada Stream
  • Clear Lake
  • Green Lake
  • Lake Fryxell
  • Lost Seal Stream
  • McMurdo Hut Ridge
  • Picture Pond
  • Pond by Blue Lake
  • Pond by Clear Lake
  • Pony Lake
  • Von Guerard Stream

Original Type Description

Author: Grunow 1884

Original Description:


New combination

Author: Cleve 1894



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Publications (by year):

  • Esposito et al. 2008. Botany 86: 1378-1392. [citation 137(134)]

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