Micrasterias papillifera

(Brébisson ex Ralfs, 1848)

Most likely ID: n.a.


Synonym: n.a.


Sampling location: Rotmoos (Gosau, Austria) Jackl Moor (Austria), Walchsee (Austria)


Phylogenetic tree: Micrasterias papillifera



  • cells almost circular or broad oval
  • length 100–140 µm
  • deeply constricted sinus
  • semi-cell 5 lobed
  • polar lobe wedge-shaped
  • polar lobes with 2–3 short spines
  • along the incisions of the lobes rows of short spines
Micrasterias papillifera

I found Micrasterias papillifera in June 1995 in Jackl Moor (Austria), in June 1998 in Rotmoor (Austria) and most recently in September 2007 in Walchsee (Austria). I have not yet been able to find Micrasterias papillifera in the vicinity of Lake Constance. The specimen shown in fig. 1 a-b was sampled from the Walchsee (Austria).


Micrasterias papillifera looks similar to Micrasterias rotata at low magnifications, but Micrasterias papillifera is only half the size. The main characteristic of Micrasterias papillifera are small spines, which are arranged in rows along the incisions between the lobes (s. fig. 1 b).


Fig. 1 a-b: Micrasterias papillifera. L = 127 µm. Two focal planes of a specimen from Walchsee (Austria). Note the rows of short spines (SP) along the incisions of the lobes. Obj. 100 X.