• Category
  • Length Range
    41-59 µm
  • Width Range
    9.0-11.1 µm
  • Striae in 10 µm



Valves are lanceolate, with acutely pointed apices in smaller specimens and weakly protracted, narrowly rounded apices in larger specimens. The axial area is narrow, widening into a small rhombic central area. The raphe is weakly lateral and essentially straight, with relatively distant and only slightly expanded proximal ends. Striae are irregularly shortened and more widely spaced about the central area, strongly radiate and mostly straight, becoming parallel, but not convergent at the valve apices. Lineolae are coarse and number 24 in 10 µm.


There are 82 records of Navicula pseudolanceolata in the Montana Diatom Collection, from lakes and streams in mountain regions of the Northwest United States. The species is rarely found in abundance. Specimens pictured here are from Lower Branham Lake in the Tobacco Root Mountains of southwest Montana. At the time of sampling this lake had a pH of 8.74 and specific conductance of 64 µS/cm. Lange-Bertalot (2001) reports N. pseudolanceolata from low conductivity or weakly humic acid and oligotrophic lakes in Europe.

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Credit: Loren Bahls
Lower Branham Lake, Madison County, Montana: home of Navicula pseudolanceolata.

Original Description

Valves lanceolate to rhombic-lanceolate, ends gradually narrowed, wedge-shaped, length 30-50 microns, breadth 7-9.5 microns. Raphe weakly lateral, axial area narrow, central area small to moderately larger, slightly rhombic to transversely widened. Striae strongly radiate throughout or parallel at the ends, 9.5-11/10 microns; lineolae appear coarse, c. 24/10 microns.

  • Author
    Lange-Bert. 1980
  • Length Range
    30-50 µm
  • Width
    7-9.5 µm
  • Striae in 10µm

Original Images

Npseudolan Origimag
Npseudolan Origdesc

Cite This Page

Bahls, L. (2011). Navicula pseudolanceolata. In Diatoms of North America. Retrieved June 19, 2024, from https://diatoms.org/species/navicula_pseudolanceolata


The 15 response plots show an environmental variable (x axis) against the relative abundance (y axis) of Navicula pseudolanceolata 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.