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Navicula margalithii

Lange-Bert. 1985      Category: Symmetrical biraphid

Navicula lundii


Navicula notha

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Loren Bahls - January 2016
Length Range: 35-68 µm
Width Range: 6.5-9.0 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 12-13


Valves are linear-lanceolate with wedge-shaped ends.The raphe is straight and filiform. The axial area is very narrow and linear. The central area is small and asymmetric. Proximal raphe ends are tear-shaped and straight. Striae are radiate and somewhat sinuous at the valve center, becoming parallel and straight, and then convergent near the apices. Central striae in larger specimens are sometimes alternately long and short. Areolae number about 32 in 10 µm.

This taxon is very similar to Navicula recens and differs mainly in valve size and salinity tolerance. It should not be ruled out that they are conspecific, with the larger size specimens that we call N. margalithii simply a morphological manifestation of the more electrolyte-rich waters in which they are found.

Original Description

Author: Lange-Bert. 1985
Length Range: 30-70 µm
Width Range: 8-10 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 9-12

Original Description

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Bahls, L. (2016). Navicula margalithii. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved May 23, 2018, from

Species: Navicula margalithii

Contributor: Loren Bahls

Reviewer: Marina Potapova


Krammer, K. and Lange-Bertalot, H. (1985). Naviculaceae Neue und wenig bekannte Taxa, neue Kombinationen und Synonyme sowie Bemerkungen zu einigen Gattungen. Bibliotheca Diatomologica 9:5-230, 43 pls.

Krammer, K. and Lange-Bertalot, H. (1986). Bacillariophyceae. 1. Teil: Naviculaceae. In: Ettl, H., J. Gerloff, H. Heynig and D. Mollenhauer (eds.) Süsswasserflora 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.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Navicula margalithii CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 46741

Autecology Discussion

This taxon prefers electrolyte-rich waters. The specimens on this page are from a stream in Wyoming that has a specific conductance of 18,100 µS/cm and a chloride content of 60 mg/L. Common diatom associates at this site include Haslea spicula, Mastogloia pumila, and Tryblionella compressa. Lange-Bertalot (2001) reports N. margalithii from saline, electrolyte-rich springs in the Negev Desert of Israel and Tunisia. In contrast, Navicula tripunctata and N. recens prefer fresh to brackish waters.


Stockade Beaver Creek below Salt Creek, Weston County, Wyoming: home of Navicula margalithii.

Credit/Source: State of Wyoming DEQ

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 margalithii

EMAP Response Plots

Navicula margalithii

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.