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The biodiversity of Dictyostelids in a Spanish Biosphere Reserve

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The results of a biodiversity survey of the dictyostelid cellular slime moulds from Somiedo Natural Park and Biosphere Reserve (Asturias, Spain) are presented. Surface soil samples were collected during 2005 from different forests and were plated out for cellular slime moulds. During this study 12 species of dictyostelids were isolated, belonging to two of the three recognized genera of the group, Dictyostelium and Polysphondylium. Comments on their taxonomic characters, diversity and distribution, and micrographs of relevant morphological details are included. Dictyostelium macrocephalum is reported for the first time from Europe and Polysphondylium violaceum is a new record for the Mediterranean area.
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Keywords: DICTYOSTELIUM MACROCEPHALUM; EUMYCETOZOA; POLYSPHONDYLIUM VIOLACEUM; SOIL SAMPLES; SPAIN; SPECIES DIVERSITY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2008

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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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