Nupela Vyverman & Compère, 1991

Holotype species: Nupela giluwensis Vyverman & Compère

Original publication and holotype designation: Vijverman, W. & Compère, P. (1991). Nupela giluwensis gen. & spec. nov. A new genus of naviculoid diatoms. Diatom Research 6(1): 175-179.

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Description: Cells solitary. Frustules rectangular in broad girdle view. Valves narrowly elliptical with strongly capitate ends, slightly curved transapically. Axial area linear-lanceolate; central area rectangular, almost reaching valve margins. Under LM 2-4 narrow, slightly undulate longitudinal bands along valve face visible on valve face; transapical striae not visible. Under SEM each stria composed of 2-4 transapically elongate areolae; areolae covered by an inner, centrally perforated hymen. Raphe fissures slightly undulate; raphe endings inconspicuous, terminal fissures sharply curved into one side of valve, proximal endings T-shaped located in a moderately inflated central nodule. Transapically elongate areolae present on mantle.

Information contributed by: M.C. Amspoker. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2018-02-24 by M.D. Guiry.

Taxonomic status: This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Comments: Nuplea resembles Brachysira in arrangement of structure of striae on the valve face and mantle, but lacks the longitudinal ribs on either side of the raphe of the latter. Nuplea and Diadesmis have similar proximal raphe endings but different terminal raphe endings. Nuplea was described from freshwater tarns, Papua New Guinea.

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Descriptions of chrysophyte genera were subsequently published in J. Kristiansen & H.R. Preisig (eds.). 2001. Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera. Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260.

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