Nitzschia minuta

Bleisch in Rabenhorst 1860      Category: Nitzschioid
BASIONYM: Nitzschia minuta Bleisch in Rabenhorst 1860
SYNONYM(S): Nitzschia  communis var. minuta  (Bleisch) Mayer 1913 

Nitzschia microcephala


Nitzschia oregona

LM scalebar = 10 µm = 80 pixels.


Contributor: Pat Kociolek - September 2011
Length Range: 20-36 µm
Width Range: 4.0-5.5 µm
Striae in 10 µm: Striae 36-39, fibulae 13-15


Valves with parallel sides, tapering gently to narrowly rounded apices. Fibulae irregular in size and spacing. A central nodule is present. Striae are evident but difficult to count.

Original Description

Basionym: Nitzschia minuta
Author: Bleisch in Rabenhorst 1860
Length Range: µm
Striae in 10 µm:

Original Description

Original Images

Cite This Page:
Kociolek, P. (2011). Nitzschia minuta. In Diatoms of the United States. Retrieved March 22, 2017, from

Species: Nitzschia minuta

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. (1860). Die Algen Sachsens resp. Mittel-Europa’s. Decas 95-96. no. 943-953 etc. .

Links & ID's

Index Nominum Algarum (INA)

Original INA

California Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Nitzschia minuta CAS

North American Diatom Ecological Database (NADED)


Autecology Discussion