Flower, Jones and Round 1996      Category: Araphid
TYPE SPECIES: Stauroforma exiguiformis (Lange-Bertalot) Flower, Jones and Round




CLASS: Fragilariophyceae
  ORDER: Fragilariales
    FAMILY: Fragilariaceae

  1. Valves lack rimoportulae
  2. Striae meet in central valve face
  3. Central area absent

Frustules of Stauroforma are small, with an elliptic to lanceolate valve outline. The valves not centrally expanded. Rimoportulae are absent in species of Stauroforma. The striae are continuous across the valve face, although this feature may be difficult to resolve in the light microscope. Frustules are linked together into linear colonies. Spines may be present or absent.

Stauroforma is composed of species formerly considered within Fragilaria virescens. Stauroforma lacks rimoportulae, which distinguishes it from Fragilariforma.

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Spaulding, S., and Edlund, M. (2008). Stauroforma. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved April 21, 2018, from

Contributor: Sarah Spaulding | Mark Edlund - December 2008