Amphipleura pellucida

(Kützing) Kützing 1844      Category: Symmetrical biraphid
BASIONYM: Frustulia pellucida Kützing 1833

Actinocyclus normanii


Amphora copulata

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 40 pixels.


Contributor: Carrie Graeff - March 2012
Length Range: 68-105 µm
Width Range: 7.0 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 48


Valves linear-lanceolate and very narrow, tapering gently into rounded apices. Apices are slightly constricted. Raphe branches are greatly shortened and increase in length only slightly as the length of the valve increases. A long, low-profile median rib is present through most of the valve. At the raphe branches, two longitudinal ribs surround the raphe. At the distal raphe end, a porte-crayon structure of moderate size and shape is present. A thickened nodule is not evident at the internal central area. Striae are extremely fine and visible only under optimal objective lenses and illumination in the light microscope. Well-organized longitudinal striae are also present, but are not resolvable in the LM. External distal and proximal raphe ends are straight.

Original Description

Basionym: Frustulia pellucida
Author: Kützing 1833
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm:

Original Description

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Cite This Page:
Graeff, C. (2012). Amphipleura pellucida. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved August 28, 2016, from

Species: Amphipleura pellucida

Contributor: Carrie Graeff

Reviewer: Sarah Spaulding


Kützing, F.T. (1833). Synopsis Diatomacearum oder Versuch einer systematischen Zusammenstellung der Diatomeen. Linnaea 8(5): 529-620, pls. XIII-XIX.

Kützing, F.T. (1844). Die kieselschaligen Bacillarien oder Diatomeen. Nordhausen. 152 pp., 30 pls.

Patrick, R.M. and Reimer, C.W. (1966). The Diatoms of the United States exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii, V. 1. Monographs of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 13.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Amphipleura pellucida CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 6001

Autecology Discussion