• Category
  • Length Range
    5.5-10.0 µm
  • Width Range
    4.9-9.3 µm
  • Striae in 10 µm
    16-24 in the center valve



Valves are nearly round. Areolae are approximately 36 in 10 μm. The axial area is narrow and linear and extends onto the valve margins at the apices; the central area is small and nearly indistinguishable from the axial area. The raphe is filiform with slightly expanded central raphe ends. The striae are punctate and strongly radiate. Striae are incomplete in the central valve, that is, several are short and do not extend from the central area to the valve margin. The stria density increases towards the apices. The external openings of the areolae are round. Internally, the areolae are elongated. Internally, the raphe slit is narrow at proximal and terminal ends. The helictoglossae are reduced.

Original Description

Schalen breit-elliptisch, fast kreisförmig, mit breit gerundeten Polen, 9-15 µ lang, 7-13 breit. Axialarea eng, um den Mittelknoten wenig erweitert. Zentralporen der Raphe entfernt gestellt. Transapikalstreifen durchweg radial, zart, etwa 24 in 10 µ, in der Mitte von ungleicher Länge, zart punktiert.

  • Basionym
    Navicula pseudoscutiformis
  • Author
    Hust. in Pascher 1930
  • Length Range
    9-15 µm
  • Width
    7-13 µm
  • Striae in 10µm

Original Images

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Citations & Links

Cite This Page

Otu, M., Spaulding, S. (2011). Cavinula pseudoscutiformis. In Diatoms of North America. Retrieved May 30, 2024, from https://diatoms.org/species/cavinula_pseudoscutiformis


The 15 response plots show an environmental variable (x axis) against the relative abundance (y axis) of Cavinula pseudoscutiformis from all the stream reaches where it was present. Note that the relative abundance scale is the same on each plot. Explanation of each environmental variable and units are as follows:

ELEVATION = stream reach elevation (meters)
STRAHLER = distribution plot of the Strahler Stream Order
SLOPE = stream reach gradient (degrees)
W1_HALL = an index that is a measure of streamside (riparian) human activity that ranges from 0 - 10, with a value of 0 indicating of minimal disturbance to a value of 10 indicating severe disturbance.
PHSTVL = pH measured in a sealed syringe sample (pH units)
log_COND = log concentration of specific conductivity (µS/cm)
log_PTL = log concentration of total phosphorus (µg/L)
log_NO3 = log concentration of nitrate (µeq/L)
log_DOC = log concentration of dissolved organic carbon (mg/L)
log_SIO2 = log concentration of silicon (mg/L)
log_NA = log concentration of sodium (µeq/L)
log_HCO3 = log concentration of the bicarbonate ion (µeq/L)
EMBED = percent of the stream substrate that is embedded by sand and fine sediment
log_TURBIDITY = log of turbidity, a measure of cloudiness of water, in nephelometric turbidity units (NTU).
DISTOT = an index of total human disturbance in the watershed that ranges from 1 - 100, with a value of 0 indicating of minimal disturbance to a value of 100 indicating severe disturbance.