Didymosphenia M. Schmidt


Frustules biraphid, large and robust, asymmetrical to transapical axis, symmetrical to apical axis (although some populations are asymmetrical to the apical axis), capitate at both apices, wedge-shaped in girdle view. Marginal ridge of silica on both sides of valves, terminating near the headpole as spines. Septa and pseudosepta lacking. Two-several stigmata occur on one side of the central area. Apical pore field not bisected by the raphe.

Light Microscope Image(s)

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