Thalassionema frauenfeldii
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Taxonomic Group: Diatom
Trophic Status: Autotrophic
Size Range: 5-7.5 ?m wide x 37.5-163.6 ?m long ( LUMCON Guide); 2-4 ?m wide x 90-210 ?m long (Cupp 1943); 54-200 ?m long (Tomas 1997)
Key Characteristics: Valve ends slightly dissimilar in shape, one end more or less tapering and usually with a spine, the other end broader and rounded; cells united in star-shaped colonies
Confused With: Thalassionema nitzschioides, which has generally shorter cells and valve ends that are similar
Toxin: None known