Lindavia bodanica

(Eulenst. ex Grunow) Nakov, Guillory, M.L.Julius, E.C.Ther. and A.J.Alverson 2015      Category: Centric
BASIONYM: Cyclotella bodanica Eulenst. ex Grunow in Schneider 1878
SYNONYM(S): Puncticulata bodanica (Eulenst. ex Grunow) Håk. | Handmannia bodanica (Eulenst. ex Grunow) Kociolek and Khursevich | Cyclotella comta var. bodanica Grunow 

Lindavia antiqua


Lindavia comensis

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 40 pixels.


Contributor: David R.L. Burge | Mark Edlund - January 2017
Diameter: 18-38 µm
Rows of areolae in 10 µm: 10-14 based on circumferential density


Valves are disc-shaped with a concentrically undulate valve face, with the center valve either weakly convex or concave. The ornamentation of the valve face is divided into two distinct parts, the alveolate striae at the margin and a punctate central area. The punctate central covers 2/3 of the valve face (in relation to the diameter) The areolae of the valve center are arranged in a three patterns; 1) at the center of the valve a rosette surrounded by an annulus, 2) rows of areolae radiate from the annulus, or 3) random scattering of areolae. The alveolate striae are often bifurcate at the valve margin with occasional branching of the costae. The alveolate striae often are grouped in pairs, sometimes as 3, and separated by a thickened rib at the margin. The alveolate striae generally terminate evenly to form a distinct boundary to the central ornamentation. Some striae, however, terminate at rimoportulae (2-5 per valve) within the striated portion of the valve face. The number of rimoportuale is size dependent, with larger valves bearing more rimoportulae than smaller valves.

This species is associated with a group of closely related taxa within the L. bodanica-complex, and the identity of members of this group has been the focus of several studies (Håkansson 1988, Houk et al. 2010, Nakov et al. 2015). While there are many reports using the name L. bodanica (or Cyclotella bodanica) as an environmental indicator, few provide verifiable light micrographs or those that do confuse L. bodanica with other species in the complex (Foged 1981, Saros and Anderson 2014).

Original Description

Basionym: Cyclotella bodanica
Author: Eulenst. ex Grunow in Schneider 1878
Diameter: < 60 µm
Rows of areolae in 10 µm: 11

Original Description

Original Images

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Burge, D., and Edlund, M. (2017). Lindavia bodanica. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved April 22, 2018, from

Species: Lindavia bodanica

Contributor: David R.L. Burge | Mark Edlund

Reviewer: Sarah Spaulding


Foged, N. (1981). Diatoms in Alaska. Bibliotheca Phycologica, Band 53, J. Cramer, Vaduz, 317 pp.

Grunow, A. (1878). Algen und Diatomaceen aus dem Kaspischen Meere. In: O. Schneider (ed.), Naturwissenschafte Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Kaukasusländer, auf Grund seiner Sammelbeute. Dresden, pp. 98-132, pls. 3-4.

Håkansson, H. (2002). A compilation and evaluation of species in the genera Stephanodiscus, Cyclostephanos and Cyclotella with a new genus in the family Stephanodiscaceae. Diatom Research 17: 1-139. 10.1080/0269249X.2002.9705534

Kling, H.J. and Håkansson, H. (1988). A light and electron microscope study of Cyclotella species (Bacillariophyceae) from central and northern Canadian lakes. Diatom Research 3:55-82. 10.1080/0269249X.1988.9705017

Nakov, T., Guillory, W.X., Julius, M.L., Theriot, E.C. and Alverson, A.J. (2015). Towards a phylogenetic classification of species belonging to the diatom genus Cyclotella (Bacillariophyceae): Transfer of species formerly placed in Puncticulata, Handmannia, Pliocaenicus and Cyclotella to the genus Lindavia. Phytotaxa 217 (3): 249–264. 10.11646/phytotaxa.217.3.2

Reavie, E.D. and Kireta, A.R. (2015). Centric, Araphid and Eunotioid Diatoms of the Coastal Laurentian Great Lakes. Bibliotheca Diatomologica 62:1-184.

Saros, J.E. and Anderson, N.J. (2015). The ecology of the planktonic diatom Cyclotella and its implications for global environmental change studies. Biol Rev. 90(2): 522-541. 10.1111/brv.12120

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Transfer INA
Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Lindavia bodanica CAS

NCBI Genbank Taxonomy

Cyclotella bodanica NCBI

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 208004

Autecology Discussion

Lindavia bodanica is a planktonic diatom found in low conductivity lakes. For example, L. bodanica is common from larger, low conductivity (<60 µS), oligo-mesotrophic (chl a <2.5 ppb), circumneutral lakes of Canada (Kling and Håkansson 1988). In the Laurentian Great Lakes it is found most abundant in Lake Superior (Reavie and Kireta 2015).


Size series of L. bodanica, scale bar = 10 µm

Credit/Source: Specimens found by: Allison, Bianca, Christian, Dylan, Emily, Emily S., Ethan, Hailey, Henry, Katrina, Kylie, Lucas, Mady, Nicholas, Nora, Orion, and Thomas, all young citizen scientists at the Science Museum of Minnesota Members Behind the Scenes event on January 16, 2017.

Initial valves of L. bodanica, scale bar = 10 µm

Credit/Source: Specimens found by: Max, a young citizen scientists at the Science Museum of Minnesota Members Behind the Scenes event on January 16, 2017.