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Cavinula pusio

(Cleve) Lange-Bert. in Werum and Lange-Bert. 2004      Category: Symmetrical biraphid
BASIONYM: Navicula pusio Cleve 1895

REPORTED AS: Navicula pusio (Krammer and Lange-Bertalot 1986, p. 195, plate 70, figs. 19-21) 

Cavinula pseudoscutiformis


Cavinula scutelloides

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Loren Bahls - October 2012
Length Range: 19-23 µm
Width Range: 9.2-10.8 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 30-36 in 10 µm at the valve center, including short striae; a little closer at the apices


Valves are elliptic with wide, rostrate apices. The axial area is very narrow, hardly wider than the raphe. The central area is narrow and rectangular in the apical axis. Raphe branches are pin-shaped and widen gradually from the apices toward the proximal ends, which are distinctly inflated. Distal raphe ends are bent in opposite directions (confirmed under SEM). Striae are radiate throughout. Alternately long and short striae surround the central area. Areolae are round, fine and difficult to resolve in LM.

Original Description

Basionym: Navicula pusio
Author: Cleve 1895
Length Range: 16 µm
Width Range: 7 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 30

Original Description

V. elliptical, with broad rostrate ends. L. 0,016; B. 0,007 mm. Axial area very narrow. Central area small. Striae very fine, about 30 in 0,01 mm. radiate at the ends, in the middle alternately longer and shorter, closer towards the ends. - Pl. II f. 3.

Original Images

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Bahls, L. (2012). Cavinula pusio. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved May 24, 2018, from

Species: Cavinula pusio

Contributor: Loren Bahls

Reviewer: Sarah Spaulding


Cleve, P.T. (1895). Synopsis of the Naviculoid Diatoms, Part II. Kongliga Svenska-Vetenskaps Akademiens Handlingar 27(3):1-219.

Krammer, K. and Lange-Bertalot, H. (1986). Bacillariophyceae. 1. Teil: Naviculaceae. In: Ettl, H., J. Gerloff, H. Heynig and D. Mollenhauer (eds.) Süsswasserflora von Mitteleuropa, Band 2/1. Gustav Fisher Verlag, Jena. 876 pp.

Werum, M. and Lange-Bertalot, H. (2004). Diatoms in springs, from Central Europe and elsewhere under the influence of hydrogeology and anthropogenic impages. Iconographia Diatomologica 13: 1-417.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Cavinula pusio CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 195012

Autecology Discussion

Cavinula pusio has been collected from five springs and small headwater streams in the northern Rocky Mountains. Krammer & Lange-Bertalot (1986) describe it as an uncommon northern-alpine species in Europe, where it prefers oligotrophic waters with low electrolyte content.