Asterionella formosa Hassall 1850

Asterionella formosa Hassall

Current name: Asterionella formosa Hassall
Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA; golf couse, 1000x, DIC - 06 October 2008. Karl Bruun (

Publication Details
Asterionella formosa Hassall 1850: 9, 10, pl. II (Grand Junction Company): fig. 5 (p. 62)

Published in: Hassall, A.H. (1850). A microscopic examination of the water supplied to the inhabitants of London and the suburban districts; illustrated by coloured plates, exhibiting the living animal and vegetable productions in Thames and other waters, as supplied by the several companies; with an examination, microscopic and general, of their sources of supply, as well as the Henly-on-Thames and Watford plans, etc. pp. 1-66 [advertisements pp. 67-69], pls I-VII. London: Samuel Highley, 32, Fleet Street.

Type Species
This is the type species (holotype) of the genus Asterionella.

Status of Name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Type Information
Type locality: England: London: Thames R.; (Index Nominum Algarum)

Origin of Species Name
Adjective (Latin), beautiful, handsome.

General Environment
This is a freshwater species.

Created: 11 April 2002 by M.D. Guiry.

Last updated: 15 August 2023

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M.D. Guiry in Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 15 August 2023. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on 12 April 2024

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