Amphipleura pellucida

(Kütz.) Kütz. 1844      Category: Symmetrical biraphid
BASIONYM: Frustulia pellucida Kütz. 1833

Adlafia multnomahii


Amphora bicapitata

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: Kütz. 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 April 24, 2018, 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)

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California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

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NCBI Genbank Taxonomy

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North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 6001

Autecology Discussion

EMAP Assessment

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) study was completed during the years 2000-2004 (see citations at bottom of this page). Over 1200 streams and rivers in 12 western states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) were selected for sampling based on a stratified randomized design. This type of design insures that ecological resources are sampled in proportion to their actual geographical presence. Stratified randomized design also allows for estimates of stream length with a known confidence in several “condition classes” (good or least-disturbed, intermediately-disturbed, and poor or most-disturbed) for biotic condition, chemistry and habitat.

EMAP Distribution

Amphipleura pellucida

EMAP Response Plots

Amphipleura pellucida

EMAP citations

Results are published in:

Johnson, T., Hermann, K., Spaulding, S., Beyea, B., Theel, C., Sada, R., Bollman, W., Bowman, J., Larsen, A., Vining, K., Ostermiller, J., Petersen, D. Hargett, E. and Zumberge, J. (2009). An ecological assessment of USEPA Region 8 streams and rivers. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 8 Report, 178 p.

Stoddard, J. L., Peck, D. V., Olsen, A. R., Larsen, D. P., Van Sickle, J., Hawkins, C. P., Hughes, R. M., Whittier, T. R., Lomnicky, G. A., Herlihy, A. T., Kaufman, P. R., Peterson, S. A., Ringold, P. L., Paulsen, S. G., and Blair, R. (2005). Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) western streams and rivers statistical summary. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Report 620/R-05/006, 1,762 p.

Stoddard, J. L., Peck, D. V., Paulsen, S. G., Van Sickle, J., Hawkins, C. P., Herlihy, A. T., Hughes, R. M., Kaufman, P. R., Larsen, D. P., Lomnicky, G. A., Olsen, A. R., Peterson, S. A., Ringold, P. L., and Whittier, T. R. (2005). An ecological assessment of western streams and rivers. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Report 620/R-05/005, 49 p.