Lange-Bertalot 1997      Category: Symmetrical biraphid
TYPE SPECIES: Mayamaea atomus (Kützing) Lange-Bertalot




CLASS: Bacillariophyceae
  ORDER: Naviculales
    FAMILY: Naviculaceae

  1. Cells small
  2. Axial area thickened
  3. Raphe straight

Frustules of Mayamaea are small. The axial area is thickened and contains a straight raphe. Sometimes the axial area is all that remains from an acid preparation. The striae are uniseriate.

Mayamaea includes the former Navicula atomus and its affiliates. Mayamaea species are found in ephemeral habitats as well as waters high in nutrient waste. Mayamaea species may reach high abundance in some polluted habitats.

Cite This Page:
Spaulding, S., and Edlund, M. (2008). Mayamaea. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved April 19, 2018, from

Contributor: Sarah Spaulding | Mark Edlund - December 2008
Reviewer: Sam Rushforth - June 2010