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Gomphonema ventricosum

W.Greg. 1856      Category: Asymmetrical biraphid

Gomphonema variostriatum


Gomphosinica geitleri

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Pat Kociolek - January 2011
Length Range: 33-47 µm
Width Range: 10-12 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 11-12


Valves are lanceolate-clavate, broadest at the center with a broadly-rounded headpole and rounded footpole. The axial area is narrowly lanceolate, forming a distinct, mostly irregular elliptical central area. A single stigma is present. The central area is formed by 4-5 shortened striae on either side. The raphe is weakly undulate and lateral. Striae are punctate, uniseriate, and radiate (becoming parallel in some specimens). The apical pore field is distinct and bi-lobed. Septa are frequently observed.

Original Description

Author: W.Greg. 1856
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm: 30-32

Original Description

Gomphonema ventricosum, W. G. – This well-marked species occurs in a gather from the banks of the Spey, near Elchies, different from that which I have spoken of as the Elchiies gathering. The middle part of is much expanded, and both extremities are obtuse and rounded, the longer limb being a little expanded at the apex. It is short and broad in proportion, and very uniform in its characters. Length about 0014 inch. Striae about 30 or 32 in 001”. Dr. Greville has recently (April, 1855) found this species tolerably frequent in several gatherings made by him near the Bridge of Allan.

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Kociolek, P. (2011). Gomphonema ventricosum. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved May 22, 2018, from

Species: Gomphonema ventricosum

Contributor: Pat Kociolek

Reviewer: Marina Potapova


Gregory, W. (1856). Notice of some new species of British Fresh-water Diatomaceae. Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science, new series, London 4:1-14, pl. I.

Kociolek, J.P. and Stoermer, E.F. (1987). Geographic range and variability of the diatom (Bacillariophyceae) Gomphonema ventricosum Gregory. Nova Hedwigia 45: 223-236.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Gomphonema ventricosum CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 30731

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

Gomphonema ventricosum

EMAP Response Plots

Gomphonema ventricosum

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.