SPECIES starting with "b"


Bacillaria paradoxa

  1. Valves linear to linear-lanceolate
  2. Keel placed along center of valve

Nitzschioid - Valves are isopolar, linear to linear-lanceolate, sometimes with slightly undulate margins, tapering to narrow apices. The keel is located in the center of the valve.

Biremis circumtexta

  1. Valves lanceolate
  2. Axial area wide, lanceolate
  3. Striae marginal
  4. Areolae visible under LM
  5. On one side of valve, a row of areolae next to raphe

Symmetrical biraphid - Valves are lanceolate with slightly protracted apices. The axial area is wide and lanceolate. Areolae within striae are easily observed under LM. A longitudinal row of areolae is adjacent to the raphe slits on the primary valve side. A conopeum is visible as a longitudinal line crossing the striae.

Boreozonacola hustedtii

  1. Valves triundulate
  2. Striae radiate in middle
  3. Central area circular

Symmetrical biraphid - Boreozonacola hustedtii has triundulate valves with a circular central area. Striae are radiate in the middle.

Boreozonacola olympica

  1. Valves linear, sides parallel or slightly concave
  2. Striae parallel in central valve
  3. Central area small, elliptical

Symmetrical biraphid - Boreozonacola olympica has linear valves with parallel or slightly concave sides. Striae are parallel in the center part of the valve. The central area is small and elliptical.

Brachysira brebissonii

Anomoeoneis serians var. brachysira

  1. Valves rhombic-lanceolate to elliptical-lanceolate
  2. Striae weakly radiate
  3. Raphe positioned within two longitudinal ribs
  4. Papillae may be present or absent

Symmetrical biraphid - Valves are rhombic-lanceolate to elliptical-lanceolate in valve outline. Striae are weakly radiate across the entire valve face. The raphe is positioned within two external ribs on the valve face. The ribs terminate at the edge of the central area and the apices. The areolae are irregular in shape and spacing, creating a “wave-like” appearance of the striae. The orientation and size of areolae, creates a series of wavy longitudinal hyaline zones. Central area is small and circular to slightly oval. Valves may vary in the development of external ribs.

Brachysira hannae

  1. Rhombic valve with straight sides
  2. Length to width ratio 2:1 to 3:1
  3. Alternating long and short striae near the central area

Symmetrical biraphid - Valves are rhombic with straight margins. The valve length is two to three times the valve width. Within each stria, the orientation and irregular size of the areolae creates a wavy appearance of the striae. Striae at the center valve margin are short, and not interrupted.

Brachysira microcephala

  1. Valves with protracted subcapitate to capitate apices
  2. Central striae radiate
  3. Central area small, asymmetrically rounded
  4. Areola shape variable

Symmetrical biraphid - Valves are lanceolate to rhombic-lanceolate with protracted, capitate apices. Central striae radiate at the center to parallel at the apices. Areolae are variable in shape and arranged in a series of two to three longitudinal hyaline zones. The central area is small and asymmetrically rounded. Valves with apiculate rounded apices are considered to be a different morphotype.

Brachysira neoacuta

  1. Valves narrowly lanceolate
  2. Striae strongly radiate at the center
  3. Areolae distinctly rectangular
  4. Distal raphe unilaterally curved

Symmetrical biraphid - Valves are narrowly lanceolate, with a length to width ratio of approximately 5:1. The striae are strongly radiate at the center, becoming parallel at the apices. Irregular striae are present near the central area. Areolae are distinctly rectangular and range 2-4 per stria. The distal raphe is distinctly unilaterally curved.

Brachysira serians

Anomoeoneis serians
Navicula serians

  1. Valves lanceolate
  2. Striae slightly radiate to parallel
  3. Central area asymmetrically rounded
  4. Raphe straight at distal valve

Symmetrical biraphid - Valves are lanceolate. The striae are slightly radiate to parallel. The axial area is linear and distinct. The central area is asymmetrically rounded. The raphe is positioned between two external longitudinal ribs. The raphe is straight with undifferentiated proximal fissures and deflexed T-shaped distal fissures. Areolae are rectanglular and elongated in the transapical axis.

Brebissonia lanceolata

  1. Valves symmetrical, lanceolate
  2. Striae in the center parallel, becoming radiate toward the ends
  3. Central nodule elongate
  4. Apical pore fields present

Asymmetrical biraphid - Brebissonia lanceolata has large lanceolate to lanceolate-elliptic valves, with slightly protracted, broadly rounded to attenuate ends. Striae are parallel in the center of the valve, becoming radiate toward the ends. The elongate central nodule results in a large gap between proximal raphe ends.