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The first description of snow algae on Mount Olympus (Greece)

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Cryoseston algae and microfungi were recorded, for the first time, on Mt. Olympus, Greece. In total, 16 species from 10 sites were found. At lower altitudes (1622 m. a. s. l.), Chloromonas nivalis dominated in 2 sites, but at a higher altitude (2680 m. a. s. l.) only Chlamydomonas cf. nivalis was found. In one field (2149 m. a. s. l.), these two algae coexisted. The rare taxa Gloeocapsa sanguinea and Xenococcus kerneri (new cryoseston), as well as cf. Cystococcus nivicolus, cf. Stichococcus allas, Trochiscia cf. americana, cf. Chaepinnularia krokiformis and Surirella linearis var. linearis were also found. Some localities were colonised only by the fungi Chionaster nivalis, Selenotila nivalis and a few incorrectly described snow fungi (cf. Bacillispora aquatica, cf. Arthrobotrys superba, cf. Tricladium angulatum, Alternaria sp.). Selenotila proved to be a pollen grain saprophyte of Corylus sp. while Myzocytium sp. was a saprophyte in pollen grains of Pinus peuce. Macroscopically, the snow was only slightly coloured when samplings were carried out at the end of May and the beginning of June 2015.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: November 1, 2016

This article was made available online on August 8, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "The first description of snow algae on Mount Olympus (Greece)".

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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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