Thalassionema nitzschioides
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Taxonomic Group: Diatom
Trophic Status: Autotrophic
Size Range: 2-3.5 ?m wide x 30-80 ?m long (Cupp 1943); 10-110 ?m long (Tomas 1997); 2-4 ?m wide x 10-80 ?m long (Horner 2002)
Key Characteristics: Valve ends similar in shape; marginal ribs visible with light microscopy; cells in stellate and or zigzag colonies, frequently both types within a colony
Confused With: Thalassionema frauenfeldii which has generally longer cells and valve ends that are slightly dissimilar
Toxin: None known