Navicula cari

Ehrenberg 1836      Category: Symmetrical biraphid
BASIONYM: Navicula cari Ehrenberg 1836
SYNONYM(S): Navicula cincta var. cari (Ehrenberg) Cleve 1895 
REPORTED AS: Navicula graciloides (Patrick and Reimer 1966, p. 516, plate 49, figs. 9-10) 

Navicula capitatoradiata


Navicula caroliniae

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 40 pixels.


Contributor: Loren Bahls - July 2012
Length Range: 27-52 µm
Width Range: 6.3-9.0 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 10-13


Valves are lanceolate to linear-lanceolate with obtusely rounded to acutely rounded apices. The axial area is very narrow. The central area is laterally expanded and rounded to nearly rectangular. The raphe is filiform with weakly expanded proximal ends that are deflected slightly in the same direction and widely separated. Striae are curved and strongly radiate near the valve center, becoming straight and parallel to convergent near the apices. Areolae are indistinct and number 32 or more in 10 µm.

Original Description

Basionym: Navicula cari
Author: Ehrenberg 1836
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm:

Original Description

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Bahls, L. (2012). Navicula cari. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved August 29, 2016, from

Species: Navicula cari

Contributor: Loren Bahls

Reviewer: Marina Potapova


Ehrenberg, C.G. (1836). Mittheilungen über fossile Infusionsthiere. Bericht über die zur Bekanntmachung geeigneten Verhandlungen der Königlich-Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin 1836:50-54.

Krammer, K. and Lange-Bertalot, H. (1986). Bacillariophyceae. 1. Teil: Naviculaceae. In: Ettl, H., J. Gerloff, H. Heynig and D. Mollenhauer (eds.) Susswasserflora von Mitteleuropa, Band 2/1. Gustav Fisher Verlag, Jena. 876 pp.

Lange-Bertalot, H. (2001). Navicula sensu stricto, 10 genera separated from Navicula sensu lato, Frustulia. Diatoms of Europe 2: 1-526.

Patrick, R.M. and Reimer, C.W. (1966). The Diatoms of the United States exclusive of Alaska and Hawaii, V. 1. Monographs of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 13.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Navicula cari CAS

NCBI Genbank Taxonomy

Navicula cari NCBI

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 46169

Autecology Discussion

Navicula cari is widely distributed in lakes, but also in creeks and rivers, throughout the Northwest United States. Here it prefers alkaline, nutrient-rich waters with average to higher conductivity and elevated concentrations of sulfate (see table below). It is usually present in low numbers.


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

Credit/Source: Montana Diatom Database

Lake Levale, Bob Marshall Wilderness, Montana: home of Navicula cari.

Credit/Source: Loren Bahls