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Tortitaenia obscura Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Mesotaeniaceae

Tortitaenia obscura  (Ralfs) Brook

Found in acidic bogs, pools and ditches. It would appear to have a reasonable British distribution but never common. Ralfs (1848) and West & West (1904) as Spirotaenia obscura

Ralfs, J. (1848) The British Desmidieae
West, W. & West, G.S. (1904) A Monograph of the British Desmidiaceae, Volume 1
Brook, A.J. & Williamson, D.B. (2010) A Monograph on some British Desmids
Coesel, P.F.M. & Meesters, K.J. (2007) Mesotaeniaceae and Desmidiaceae of the European Lowlands