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For other uses, see Navicula (disambiguation).
Navicula bullata - Haeckel.jpg
Navicula bullata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Division: Heterokontophyta
Class: Bacillariophyceae
Order: Naviculales
Family: Naviculaceae
Genus: Navicula
Bory de Saint-Vincent, 1822

Navicula is a genus of boat-shaped algae — primarily aquatic, eukaryotic, photosynthetic organisms, ranging in size from a single cell.

Navicula is a diatom. The Navicula genus of diatoms comprises ca. 1,000 species.[1] Navicula is Latin for "small ship", and also a term in English for a boat-shaped incense-holder.[2]

Navicula play an important role in global ecology, producing about a quarter of all the oxygen within Earth's biosphere and serving as keystone species in the food chain of many environments where they provide a staple for the diets of many aquatic species.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Guiry, M.D.; Guiry, G.M. (2008). "Navicula". AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. 
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, "Navicula. 3"

External links[edit]

WoRMS. "Navicula". World Register of Marine Species.