Taxon Account

Brachysira microcephala (Grunow) Compère; 1986; 26, 28

Synonymy

Brachysira neoexilis Lange-Bertalot in Lange-Bertalot & Moser 1994

Key references

Compère P. 1988. Brachysira microcephala (Grunow) Compère nom correct de «Navicula exilis» Grunow 1860 non Kützing 1844.
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Mémoires de la Société Royale de Botanique de Belgique. 10: 9-11.

Kennedy B., Allott N. 2017. A review of the genus Brachysira in Ireland with the description of Brachysira praegeri and Brachysira conamarae, new raphid diatoms (Bacillariophyceae) from high status waterbodies. Phytotaxa. 326: 1-27.

Morphology

Shape
Valves lanceolate to elliptic-lanceolate with capitate ends.

Symmetry
Isopolar, bilaterally symmetrical.

Striae
Radiate, uniseriate, transapically elongated areolae are visible in LM.

Axial area
Narrow, linear.

Central area
Small, circular or rhombic, rarely hardly distinct from the axial area.

Raphe
Straight, filiform, proximal endings appear expanded in LM; one ridge on either side of the raphe (SEM). A horizontal groove at the poles can create an impression that the distal raphe ends are T-shaped, but they are straight and very slightly expanded.


SEM morphology
Small protrusions on the virgae.

Literature

References are given in chronological order.

Reference
Citation
Compère P. 1988. Brachysira microcephala (Grunow) Compère nom correct de «Navicula exilis» Grunow 1860 non Kützing 1844.
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Mémoires de la Société Royale de Botanique de Belgique. 10: 9-11.
Morphology; Taxonomy; Type Illustration;
Lange-Bertalot H., Moser G. 1994. Brachysira. Monographie der Gattung. 29. J. Cramer, Berlin. 212 pp Morphology; Taxonomy; Description; Type Illustration
Hofmann G., Werum M., Lange-Bertalot H. 2011. Diatomeen im Süßwasser-Benthos von Mitteleuropa. A.R.G. Gantner, Ruggell. 908 pp Illustrations; Ecology; Morphology
Kennedy B., Allott N. 2017. A review of the genus Brachysira in Ireland with the description of Brachysira praegeri and Brachysira conamarae, new raphid diatoms (Bacillariophyceae) from high status waterbodies. Phytotaxa. 326: 1-27. Morphology; Taxonomy; Illustrations;

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Jüttner I., Bryan Kennedy Brachysira microcephala (Grunow) Compère; 1986; 26, 28. In: Jüttner I., Bennion H., Carter C., Cox E.J., Ector L., Flower R., Jones V., Kelly M.G., Mann D.G., Sayer C., Turner J. A., Williams D.M.. Freshwater Diatom Flora of Britain and Ireland. Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales. Available online at https://naturalhistory.museumwales.ac.uk/diatoms/browsespecies.php?-recid=3669. [Accessed:  ].

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