Cymatonitzschia Simonsen, 1974

Holotype species: Cymatonitzschia marina (F.W.Lewis) Simonsen

Original publication and holotype designation: Simonsen, R. (1974). The diatom plankton of the Indian Ocean Expedition of R/V Meteor 1964-5. "Meteor" Forschungsergebnisse, Reihe D: Biologie 19: 1-107.

Description: Cells solitary, marine benthic. Frustule isopolar. Valves linear with an eccentric raphe system located near one margin. Valve face transapically undulate, the undulations of the 2 valves of a frustule oppose one another. Irregularly scattered areolae limited to depressed areas of valve face; elevated areas of valve face appear hyaline under the light microscope. Cymatonitzschia has been primarily recorded from tropical waters. The undulating valve face is similar to that found in Cymatopleura, but the eccentric raphe system is more similar to that found in Nitzschia.

Information contributed by: M.C. Amspoker. The most recent alteration to this page was made on 2020-04-26 by Salvador Valenzuela Miranda.

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

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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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Salvador Valenzuela Miranda in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 26 April 2020. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 04 October 2022

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