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Schistidium convergens (Grimmiaceae, Bryophyta), a new species from southern Spain and Morocco

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Schistidium convergens is described as a new species from southern Spain and northern Morocco, based on morphological and molecular data. The species is fully described and illustrated, its affinities are discussed in detail, and its current distribution mapped. The species is distinguished morphologically by its usually smooth leaf margins, sometimes with sho rt papillae towards the leaf apex, recurved from the leaf base to the apex on both sides, rectangular basal leaf cells, quadrate to short-rectangular, subhyaline basal marginal cells with slightly thickened transverse walls, and irregular, isodiametric, quadrate to short rectangular, sometime oblate distal and medial exothecial cells. A table with characters to distinguish this species from S. apocarpum, the morphologically most similar species, and a phylogenetic analysis in order to detect relationships of the new species with nearby taxa based on the rDNA ITS region are provided. The new species is located in a clade with S. confertum, S. marginale and S. frigidum, among others.
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Keywords: AFRICA; BRYOPHYTE; EUROPE; ITS; PHYLOGENY; TAXONOMY

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2019

This article was made available online on April 25, 2019 as a Fast Track article with title: "Schistidium convergens (Grimmiaceae, Bryophyta), a new species from southern Spain and Morocco".

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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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