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Diploneis transylvanica (Bacillariophyceae), a new diatom species from the Neogene fossil deposit in Romania

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Diploneis transylvanica sp. nov, a new diatom species from a Neogene fossil deposit in Köpecz, Romania, is described. The valve morphological features are documented with light and scanning electron microscopy. Diploneis transylvanica was compared with morphologically similar species D. parabudayana, D. alpina, D. budayana and D. hilarula. The most distinct feature of D. transylvanica is the valve outline, elliptical with convex margins and acute ends, which separate it from other morphologically similar Diploneis taxa. Additionally, a formal typification of Navicula hilarula Pantocsek = D. hilarula (Pantocsek) Mills is proposed based on Pantocsek's original drawing and authentic material deposited at the Hungarian Natural History Museum.
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Keywords: D. HILARULA; DIPLONEIS TRANSYLVANICA; FOSSIL; KÖPECZ; NEOGENE; PANTOCSEK COLLECTION

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2014-11-01

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  • Nova Hedwigia is an international journal publishing original, peer-reviewed papers on current issues of taxonomy, morphology, ultrastructure and ecology of all groups of cryptogamic plants, including cyanophytes/cyanobacteria and fungi. The half-tone plates in Nova Hedwigia are known for their high quality, which makes them especially suitable for the reproduction of photomicrographs and scanning and transmission electron micrographs.
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