Nitzschia desertorum

Hustedt 1949      Category: Nitzschioid
BASIONYM: Nitzschia desertorum Hustedt 1949

Nitzschia communis


Nitzschia dissipata

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Pat Kociolek - March 2011
Length Range: 13-22 µm
Width Range: 3-4 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 25-26


Valves are elliptical-lanceolate with short, rostrate, narrowly round apices. Fibulae small, but distinct, 14-16 in 10 µm. Striae are punctate and resolvable with LM.

Krammer and Lange-Bertalot (1988) note that the central two fibulae are equidistant from one another, but this is not evident in the US populations. North American populations are more narrow than indicated by Krammer and Lange-Bertalot.

Original Description

Basionym: Nitzschia desertorum
Author: Hustedt 1949
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm:

Original Description

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Kociolek, P. (2011). Nitzschia desertorum. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved September 28, 2016, from

Species: Nitzschia desertorum

Contributor: Pat Kociolek

Reviewer: Rex Lowe


Hustedt, F. (1949). Diatomeen von der Sinai-Halbinsel und aus dem Libanon-Gebiet. Hydrobiologia 2(1): 24-55.

Krammer, K. and Lange-Bertalot, H. (1988). Bacillariophyceae. 2. Teil: Bacillariaceae, Epithemiaceae, Surirellaceae. In: Ettl, H., J. Gerloff, H. Heynig and D. Mollenhauer (eds.) Susswasserflora von Mitteleuropa, Band 2/2. Gustav Fisher Verlag, Jena.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Nitzschia desertorum CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 48272

Autecology Discussion