Higher Classification: > Kingdom Chromista > Subkingdom Harosa > Infrakingdom Heterokonta > Phylum Ochrophyta > Subphylum Khakista > Class Bacillariophyceae > Subclass Fragilariophycidae > Superorder Fragilariophycanae > Order Fragilariales > Family Fragilariaceae > Genus Asterionella

Asterionella formosa Hassall, 1850

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

AsterionellaHassall, 1850accepted genus name

Species group names

Asterionella gracillima f. tabellarioides Cleve-Euler, 1910 synonym


Asterionella formosa var. acaroides Lemmermann
Asterionella formosa var. gracillima (Hanztsch) Grunow, 1881


basis of record

Muylaert, K.; Sabbe, K. (1999). Spring phytoplankton assemblages in and around the maximum turbidity zone of the estuaries of the Elbe (Germany), the Schelde (Belgium/The Netherlands) and the Gironde (France). J. Mar. Syst. 22: 133-149

additional source

Hartley, B. (1986). A check-list of the freshwater, brackish and marine diatoms of the British Isles and adjoining coastal waters. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 66: 531-610.

additional source

Krayesky, D. M., E. Meave del Castillo, E. Zamudio, J. N. Norris, and S. Fredericq. 2009. Diatoms (Bacillariophyta) of the Gulf of Mexico, Pp. 155–186 in Felder, D.L. and D.K. Camp (eds.), Gulf of Mexico–Origins, Waters, and Biota. Biodiversity. Texas A&M

additional source


additional source

ITIS database

additional source

Stoermer, E.F., R.G. Kreis, Jr. and N.A. Andersen. 1999. Checklist of diatoms from the Laurentian Great Lakes, II. Journal of Great Lakes Research 25(3): 515-566.

additional source

Hällfors, G. (2004). Checklist of Baltic Sea Phytoplankton Species (including some heterotrophic protistan groups). Baltic Sea Environment Proceedings No. 95: 210 pp.




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External Links

GenBank (15 nucleotides; 7 proteins)
Barcode of Life
Biodiversity Heritage Library (211 publications)


Guiry, Michael D. (2014). Asterionella formosa Hassall, 1850. In: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. (2014). AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway (taxonomic information republished from AlgaeBase with permission of M.D. Guiry). In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:148954




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not marine, not brackish, fresh, not terrestrial


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