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Eremosphaera tanganyikae sp. nov. (Trebouxiophyceae), a new species from lake Tanganyika

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Abstract:

Representatives of the Trebouxiophyceae genus Eremosphaera (with the exception of E. viridis) show great variation in their morphology, and some of the described species, varieties and forms are still of uncertain taxonomic position. Recent material from the phytoplankton of the large, deep, alkaline, ancient, tropical Lake Tanganyika was compared with the formerly described taxa and was found to be peculiar by the ellipsoidal cells with lamellate cell walls, commonly equipped with polar nodules consisting of two parts, by the numerous (30-60) parietal wedge-shaped chloroplasts densely pressed to each other and arranged in (2)-3-4 circles (each chloroplast bearing 1-2 distinct pyrenoids covered by bipartite starch sheath), as well by its ecological requirements. Therefore, a new species, E. tanganyikae sp. nov., is erected.

Keywords: EREMOSPHAERA TANGANYIKAE; LAKE TANGANYIKA; PHYTOPLANKTON; TREBOUXIOPHYCEAE

Document Type: Regular Paper

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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  • The Belgian Journal of Botany (now known as Plant Ecology and Evolution) is an international journal open to all fields of plant sciences. Please note, however, that papers restricted to purely nomenclatural matters or to floristical data of only local interest will not be accepted. The Journal appears in one volume of two issues per year. It publishes reviews, original research papers, short notes, letters to the editor, and book reviews. Click here for current issues of this journal
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