Lewis 1864 Category: Eunotioid
TYPE SPECIES: Actinella punctata Lewis
Cells of Actinella grow singly, or in small colonies that are joined by mucilage secreted at the narrow ends of the cells.
The species Actinella punctata is the only species known from North America. Nearly all records of A. punctata are from acid waters in eastern and southeastern North America. Actinella is differentiated from Eunotia by asymmetry about the transapical axis. A large number of species are know from South America and Australasia.
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Spaulding, S., and Edlund, M. (2009). Actinella. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved June 18, 2013, from http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/taxa/genus/Actinella
Reviewer: Sam Rushforth