Cymbopleura anglica

(Lagerstedt) Krammer 2003      Category: Asymmetrical biraphid
BASIONYM: Cymbella anglica Lagerstedt 1873

REPORTED AS: Cymbella naviculiformis (Patrick and Reimer 1975, p. 31) 

Cymbopleura amphicephala


Cymbopleura angustata

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 40 pixels.


Contributor: Loren Bahls - July 2012
Length Range: 39-52 µm
Width Range: 13.0-18.2 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 10-12 on the dorsal side in the valve center, slightly higher density on ventral side and near apices


Valves are elliptic and slightly to moderately dorsiventral. Apices are rostrate to subcapitate and bluntly rounded. The axial area is narrow and expands gradually towards a large, rounded central area. The raphe is lateral and becomes filiform near the proximal ends, which are somewhat inflated and deflected toward the ventral margin. Distal raphe ends are deflected dorsally. Striae are slightly radiate throughout the valve and somewhat more closely spaced on the ventral side and near the apices. Areolae are easily resolved in LM and number 24-28 in 10 µm.

Original Description

Basionym: Cymbella anglica
Author: Lagerstedt 1873
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm:

Original Description

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Bahls, L. (2012). Cymbopleura anglica. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved April 26, 2018, from

Species: Cymbopleura anglica

Contributor: Loren Bahls

Reviewer: Sam Rushforth


Krammer, K. (2003). Cymbopleura, Delicata, Navicymbula, Gomphocymbellopsis, Afrocymbella. Diatoms of Europe. Diatoms of the European Inland Waters and Comparable Habitats 4: 1-530.

Lagerstedt, N.G.W. (1873). Sötvattens-Diatomaceer från Spetsbergen och Beeren Eiland. Bihang till Kongliga Svenska Vetenskaps-Akademiens Handlingar 1 (14): 1-52, 2 pls.

Patrick, R.M. and Reimer, C.W. (1975). The Diatoms of the United States, exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii, V. 2. 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)

Cymbopleura anglica CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 44599

Autecology Discussion

Cymbopleura anglica is uncommon in lakes and ponds and in streams below lakes and ponds in the northern Rocky Mountains of Idaho and western Montana. Here it prefers cool and somewhat alkaline oligotrophic waters with low electrical conductance (see table below). Krammer (2003) reports this species as widely distributed in nordic-alpine and subarctic areas of Europe, where it prefers oligotrophic waters with lower electrolyte content.


Abundance-weighted means of selected water quality variables measured concurrently with the collection of samples containing Cymbopleura anglica.

Credit/Source: Montana Diatom Database

Medicine Grizzly Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana: home of Cymbopleura anglica.

Credit/Source: Loren Bahls