Actinocyclus normanii

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Actinocyclus normanii
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Actinocyclus normanii
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Chromalveolata
Phylum: Heterokontophyta
Class: Coscinodiscophyceae
Order: Coscinodiscales
Family: Hemidiscaceae
Genus: Actinocyclus
Species: A. normanii
Binomial name
Actinocyclus normanii
(W. Gregory) Hustedt, 1957 [1]
  • Coscinodiscus normanii
  • Coscinodiscus subtilis var. normanii

Actinocyclus normanii is a microalga, a species of planktonic centric diatom. It is a marine species that is also found in brackish and eutrophic fresh water. It is considered an invasive species in the United States.


There are two forms:[1]

  • Forma Actinocyclus normanii f. normanii (W. Gregory) Hustedt, 1957
  • Forma Actinocyclus normanii f. subsalsus (Juhlin-Dannfelt) Hustedt, 1957


Actinocyclus normanii is cylindrical with two valves or frustules. It is a large diatom, with valves ranging from 16 to 48 µm in diameter and a mantle depth of 4.5-6 µm. It contains disc-shaped chloroplasts for photosynthesis. The silica-rich framework of the test is bullulate (bubbly). The valves are perforated by hexagonal areolae (pores) forming a radiating pattern of straight rows. The margin of each valve has 4 to 8 processes and a small, knob-like outgrowth called a pseudonodulus. One valve is concave and the other convex. The mantle typically bears labiate (lip-shaped) processes.[2][3]

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Actinocyclus normanii probably originated as a marine species from the Baltic Sea, the coasts of Norway and Germany and the Caspian Sea. It has been found in fresh water in inland Germany. It is also found in the north west Atlantic Ocean, in the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy. It has been found in Narmada river at the distance of 50 km from gulf of Khambat, Gujrat, India. The form Actinocyclus normanii f. subsalsus is considered an invading species in the Great Lakes where it was probably introduced in about 1938 in ballast water.[4]


Actinocyclus normanii var. normanii is typically a marine species but Actinocyclus normanii f. subsalsus is found in the brackish water of estuaries and tidal rivers. It is tolerant of high pH levels, pollution and high levels of nutrients and tends to move to adjacent fresh water sites if they experience an increase in nutrient levels or salinity. In the Great Lakes it tends to inhabit bays and shallows. It thrives at 20ºC and can cause blooms in the summer and early autumn.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Actinocyclus normanii (W. Gregory) Hustedt, 1957 World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
  2. ^ a b Actinocyclus normanii fo. subsalsa (Juhlin-Dannfelt) Hustedt, 1957 USGS. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
  3. ^ Actinocyclus normanii Ehrenberg(1837) River diatoms: a multiaccess key. Retrieved 2011-11-19.
  4. ^ Mills, E. L., J. H. Leach, J. T. Carlton, and C. L. Secor. 1993. Exotic species in the Great Lakes: a history of biotic crises and anthropogenic introductions. Journal of Great Lakes Research 19(1):1-54.