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Mallomonas elevata sp. nov. (Synurophyceae), a new scaled Chrysophyte from Jeju Island, South Korea

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Analysis of the ultrastructural characters and of SSU, LSU, and rbc L DNA sequences of isolates from a small pond on Jeju Island (South Korea) indicate the presence of a new species of the genus Mallomonas (Synurophyceae), Mallomonas elevata sp. nov.. This species was placed in the Series Mangoferae (section Torquatae) based on the presence of three types of scales ornamented with papillae: elongated apical-domed collar scales, domeless body scales, and spiny rear scales. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy indicate that the fine structures of the scales, such as the collar and body scales with raised submarginal ribs and papillae, and the rear scale with a spine, distinguish this new species from other taxa of the Section Torquatae in the Series Mangoferae. Analysis of molecular data indicates that this new species is closely related to M. mangofera f. foveata in the Series Mangoferae (Section Torquatae).
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2014

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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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