Kociolek & Stoermer 1987 Category: Asymmetrical biraphid
TYPE SPECIES: Reimeria sinuata Kociolek & Stoermer
Valves of Reimeria are symmetrical to the transapical axis and asymmetrical to the apical axis. The dorsal margin is slightly arcuate. The ventral margin is markedly expanded, or tumid, at the central area. Apical porefields are present at both poles on the ventral margin and bisected by the terminal raphe ends. The axial area is narrow. A single stigma is positioned on the dorsal side of the central area. Distal raphe ends are deflected toward the ventral margin.
Reimeria contains a few species, two of which are broadly distributed across North America in benthic habitats. Older literature contains this group within the Cymbella sinuata complex.
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Spaulding, S., and Edlund, M. (2009). Reimeria. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved June 17, 2013, from http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/taxa/genus/Reimeria
Reviewer: Sam Rushforth