Navicula leptostriata

E.G.Jørg. 1948      Category: Symmetrical biraphid

REPORTED AS: Navicula heimansii (Van Dam and Kooyman 1982) 

Navicula lanceolata


Navicula libonensis

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Loren Bahls - March 2012
Length Range: 33-39 µm
Width Range: 4.9-5.7 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 19-20


Valves are narrowly lanceolate with acutely rounded, subtly protracted apices. Valves are lightly silicified and features tend to be faint and difficult to resolve. The raphe is filiform. Proximal raphe ends are very close and deflected to the primary side. The axial area is very narrow. The central area is small, transversely widened, and asymmetrical with irregular borders. Striae are curved and strongly radiate near the valve middle, becoming strongly convergent near the apices. Areolae are very close together and cannot be distinguished in LM.

Original Description

Author: E.G.Jørg. 1948
Length Range: 18.5-31.5 µm
Width Range: 4-5 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 20-23, 25 towards the apex

Original Description

N. leptostriata nov. sp., pl. II, fig. 25. The frustule narrow lanceolate with slightly prominent ends. Length 18.5-31.5 µ, 4-5 µ. Axial area very narrow, central area small, round. Transversal striae very faint, radial, convergent towards the apex, 20-23 in 10 µ, 25 towards the apex.

Østrup (1910) found a species in Madum Sø which, on examining his original slide, I have convinced myself is identical with N. leptostriata. Østrup placed his find to N. nuda Pant. in Pantocsek 1886-93 II p. 51; table VI, fig. 108. In my opinion N. leptostriata has nothing to do with this one. N. nuda is somewhat larger, 37.5 µ long and 7 µ wide and lacks striae. The striae on N. leptostriata are very faint in styrax but more distinct in realgar. N. nuda is also stated as having been found in brackish water.

Dominant in Madum Sø, in smaller numbers in Skørsø, Grovsø and Øjesø. pH: 5.0-6.8, acidophilous.

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Bahls, L. (2012). Navicula leptostriata. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved April 19, 2018, from

Species: Navicula leptostriata

Contributor: Loren Bahls

Reviewer: Sam Rushforth


Jørgenson, E.G. (1948). Diatom communities in some Danish lakes and ponds. Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, Biologiske Shrifter 5(2): 1-140.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Navicula leptostriata CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 46095

Autecology Discussion

Navicula leptostriata has been recorded from eight streams and small lakes in the northern Rocky Mountains, where it is typically associated with Navicula notha. The mean pH at these locations is 7.5 and the mean specific conductance is 154 µS/cm.


Summit Lake, Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta: home of Navicula leptostriata.

Credit/Source: Photo courtesy of Barb Johnston, Parks Canada.

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

Navicula leptostriata

EMAP Response Plots

Navicula leptostriata

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.