Geissleria punctifera

(Hust.) Metzeltin, Lange-Bert. and García-Rodríguez 2005      Category: Symmetrical biraphid
BASIONYM: Navicula punctifera Hust. 1952

REPORTED AS: Navicula aikenensis (Patrick 1959) | Geissleria aikenesis ((Patrick) Torgan and Oliveira 2001) | Geissleria schmidiae (Lange-Bertalot and Rumrich in Rumrich et al. 2000) 

Geissleria lateropunctata


Gliwiczia calcar

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Marina Potapova - December 2010
Length Range: 16-27 µm
Width Range: 6.0-8.5 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 16-18


Valves are lanceolate with subrostrate broadly rounded ends, 6.0-8.5 µm wide and 16-27 µm long. The raphe is straight and filiform. The axial area is narrow and linear. The central area is small, formed by one shortened stria on each side of the valve, with an isolated stigma. Striae are uniseriate, radiate, 16-18 in 10 µm. Areolae are apically elongated, 65-70 in 10 µm. Subpolar areolae, or annulae, are larger than areolae on other parts of the valve. The annulae form three rows at each pole.

Original Description

Basionym: Navicula punctifera
Author: Hust. 1952
Length Range: 15-23 µm
Width Range: 6-9 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 16-18

Original Description

Valvae elliptico-lanceolatae apicibus obtuse rostratis, 15— 23 μ longae, 6—9 μ latae. Rhaphe directa, area axialis anguste linearis, area centralis parva, rotundata vel irregulariter dilatata. Striae transapicales radiantes, 16—18 in 10 μ, in media parte interdum striis brevioribus intercalatis, delicatissime lineolatae vel punctatae. Area centralis uno latere cum poro singulo.

Original Images

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Potapova, M. (2010). Geissleria punctifera. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved April 24, 2018, from

Species: Geissleria punctifera

Contributor: Marina Potapova

Reviewer: Sam Rushforth


Hustedt, F. (1952). Neue und wenig bekannte Diatomeen. IV. Botaniska Notiser 1952:366-410.

Patrick, R.M. (1959). New species and nomenclatural changes in the genus Navicula (Bacillariophyceae). Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 111, 91-108.

Rumrich, U., Lange-Bertalot, H. and Rumrich, M. (2000). Diatoms of the Andes. From Venezuela to Patagonia/Tierra del Fuego and two additional contributions. Lange-Bertalot, H. (ed.), Iconographia Diatomologica. Annotated Diatom Micrographs. Vol. 9. Phytogeography-Diversity-Taxonomy. Koeltz Scientific Books, Königstein, Germany, 9:673 pp.

Torgan, L.C. and Oliveira, M.A. . (2001). Geissleria aikenensis (Patrick) Torgan et Oliveira comb. nov.: morphological and ecological characteristics. Economou-Amilli, A. (ed.) Proceedings of the 16th International Diatom Symposium, Athens, University of Athens, p.115-121.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Geissleria punctifera CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 210013

Autecology Discussion