Nitzschia liebethruthii

Rabenhorst 1864      Category: Nitzschioid
BASIONYM: Nitzschia liebethruthii Rabenhorst 1864

Nitzschia kurzeana


Nitzschia linearis

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Pat Kociolek - September 2011
Length Range: 9-21 µm
Width Range: 3.0-6.0 µm
Striae in 10 µm: 24-26


The valves are linear lanceolate, with margins more or less parallel, although some specimens may be incised slightly at mid-valve. The apices are attenuated, but not protracted, and are narrowly rounded. A central gap in the fibulae, or central nodule, is present. The fibulae are distinct, with a density of 12-14 in 10 µm. The striae are distinctly punctate.

Original Description

Basionym: Nitzschia liebethruthii
Author: Rabenhorst 1864
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm: 20

Original Description

Fibulae density: 10/10 µm.

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Kociolek, P. (2011). Nitzschia liebethruthii. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved October 23, 2016, from

Species: Nitzschia liebethruthii

Contributor: Pat Kociolek

Reviewer: Kalina Manoylov


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.

Rabenhorst, L.G. (1864). Flora Europaea Algarum aquae dulcis et submarinae. Sectio I. Algas diatomaceas complectens, cum figuris generum omnium xylographice impressis. Eduardum Kummerum, Lipsiae 359 pp.

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Nitzschia liebethruthii CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)

NADED ID: 48156

Autecology Discussion

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

Nitzschia liebethruthii

EMAP Response Plots

Nitzschia liebethruthii

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.