Greville 1865 Category: Centric
TYPE SPECIES: Skeletonema costatum Cleve
Valves of Skeletonema are very lightly silicified and often collapse when dried, or dissolve with standard processing methods. The marginal fultoportulae are positioned at the base of each connecting or tubular process. This process links frustules into long colonies. A single rimoportula is located at the base of the connecting process.
Skeletonema grows primarily in marine and estuaries. Species within the genus are know to form large blooms in eutrophic and saline inland lakes and large rivers. Specimens of Skeletonema may be overlooked in samples due to their very light silicification.
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Spaulding, S., and Edlund, M. (2008). Skeletonema. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved December 12, 2013, from http://westerndiatoms.colorado.edu/taxa/genus/Skeletonema