Lanceolate refers to a “leaf shape” and may range from wide to narrow or fusiform.
Barber, H.G. and Hayworth, E.Y. (1981). Guide to the Morphology of the Diatom Frustule.
Freshwater Biological Association, 112 pp.
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The valve margins of Navicula tripunctata are narrow lanceolate.