Adlafia Guide
Credit: Marina Potapova
  1. Terminal raphe fissures strongly bent
  2. Externally, areolae covered by hymenes
  3. Striae radial, uniseriate

Adlafia is a genus characterized by small cells, usually less than 25 ┬Ám in length. The valve shape is linear to linear-lanceolate. Adlafia is distinguished by terminal raphe fissures that are strongly bent and angular. The shape of the valve ends may be blunt, rostrate, or subcapitate. Striae are radial. Externally, the areolae are covered by hymenes. The striae are uniseriate. Species in this genus are also characterized by the solitary growth of cells.

Adlafia is comprised of species formerly in Navicula, including A. muscora (Kociolek and Reviers) Moser, and A. bryophila (Petersen) Moser. Adlafia species are characteristic of aerophilic habitats, especially growing in and around wet mosses. Some species are found in oligotrophic lakes. In general, species of Adlafia are widespread across North America, but often rare within a given assemblage.