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Aulacoseira lirata

(Ehrenb.) R.Ross in B.Hartley 1986      Category: Centric
BASIONYM: Gaillonella lirata Ehrenb. 1843
SYNONYM(S): Melosira lirata (Ehrenb.) Kütz. | Melosira distans f. lirata (Ehrenb.) O.Müll. | Aulacoseira distans var. lirata (Ehrenb.) Simonsen 

Aulacoseira italica


Aulacoseira muzzanensis

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 40 pixels.


Contributor: Jonathan English | Marina Potapova - February 2011
Diameter: 6-23 µm
Mantle Height: 5-14 µm
Rows of areolae in 10 µm: 7-13


Frustules are thick, cylindrical and form short colonies. Valves 6-23 µm in diameter, with a mantle height of 5-14 µm. The ratio of the mantle height to valve diameter is close to 1. The mantle has straight sides. The valve face is flat. Rows of coarse round or elliptical pervalvar areolae are straight, parallel to the pervalvar axis or slightly curved to the right (dextrorse) and number 7-13 in 10 µm. There are 7-10 areolae in 10 µm within a row, some areolae may be missing. The areolae closest to the collum are often the largest. The valve face is unornamented except for one row of marginal areolae. Spines are branching at their apices. The ringleiste is solid and variable in thickness, from moderately shallow to rather deep.

Original Description

Basionym: Gaillonella lirata
Author: Ehrenb. 1843
Diameter: µm
Rows of areolae in 10 µm:

Original Description

G. lirata, habitu G. granulatae, lineis validioribus liratim continuis.

Original Images

Cite This Page:
English, J., and Potapova, M. (2011). Aulacoseira lirata. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved May 22, 2018, from

Species: Aulacoseira lirata

Contributor: Jonathan English | Marina Potapova

Reviewer: Sarah Spaulding


Camburn, K.E. and Kingston, J.C. (1986). The genus Melosira from soft-water lakes with special reference to northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. In: Diatoms and Lake Acidity, J.P. Smol, R.W. Battarbee, R.B. Davis & J. Meriläinen (eds), Dr W. Junk Publishers, Dordrecht. pp. 17-34.

Ehrenberg, C.G. (1843). Verbreitung und Einfluß des mikroskopischen Lebens in Süd- und Nord-Amerika. Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, 1841: 291-445, 4 Tafel.

Florin, M.B. (1981). The taxonomy of some Melosira species, a comparative morphological study. II. Proceedings of the 6th Symposium on recent and fossil diatoms, Budapest, Hungary. Koeltz, Koenigstein, Germany.

Hartley, B. (1986). A check-list of the freshwater, brackish and marine diatoms of the British Isles and adjoining coastal waters. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 66: 531-610.

Krammer, K. (1991). Morphology and taxonomy of some taxa in the genus Aulacoseira Thwaites (Bacillariophyceae). I. Aulacoseira distans and similar taxa. Nova Hedwigia 52(1-2):89-112.

Siver, P.A. and Kling, H. (1997). Morphological observations of Aulacoseira using scanning electron microscopy. Can. J. Bot. 75: 1807–1835.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Aulacoseira lirata CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 10012

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

Aulacoseira lirata

EMAP Response Plots

Aulacoseira lirata

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.