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Discostella pseudostelligera

(Hust.) Houk and Klee 2004      Category: Centric
BASIONYM: Cyclotella pseudostelligera Hust. 1939

Diprora haenaensis


Discostella stelligera

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Rex Lowe - January 2015
Diameter: 3.7-6.5 µm
Rows of areolae in 10 µm: 22-24


Valves may be flat, or may have a convex or concave center. Valves have a distinct central area with a stellate or “floral” pattern of elongate or puncta-like areolae. The central area is surrounded by a marginal ring of radiate striae. The radiate striae may be bifurcated by ribs, or may have an irregular radiate pattern due to insertion of shorter striae near the valve margin. The marginal fultoportulae have expanded, hood-like external projections. These structures may be spaced on every 3 to 7 ribs. The marginal fultoportulae are best observed by fine focusing (optically dissecting) the valve. The central stellate areolae may not be present on all specimens; specimens with such morphology are sometimes referred to Discostella woltereckii Hustedt (Belcher et al. 1966).

Original Description

Basionym: Cyclotella pseudostelligera
Author: Hust. 1939
Diameter: 7-8 µm
Rows of areolae in 10 µm: 18

Original Description

Cyclotella pseudostelligera nov. spec. Schalen kreisrund, 7-8 µ im Durchmesser, nur wenig konzentrisch gewellt, fast flach. Mittlefeld 1/2 des Schalendurchmessers, mit einem zentralen Ring winziger Punkte oder kurzer Striche und einem isolierten Punkt in der Mitte dieses Ringes. Randzone zart radial gestreift, Streifen etwa 18 in 10 µ, ohne Höcker oder stärkere Rippen, aber innerhalb des Schalenrand des mit einem Kranz auffallend kräftiger Dornen. Fig. 1, 2.

Original Images

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Lowe, R. (2015). Discostella pseudostelligera. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved May 20, 2018, from

Species: Discostella pseudostelligera

Contributor: Rex Lowe

Reviewer: Mark Edlund, David R.L. Burge


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Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA
Transfer INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Discostella pseudostelligera CAS

NCBI Genbank Taxonomy

Discostella pseudostelligera NCBI

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 2506002

Autecology Discussion

This species is of wide-spread occurrence and is common in the summer plankton nutrient-rich of midwestern streams.

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

Discostella pseudostelligera

EMAP Response Plots

Discostella pseudostelligera

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.