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Staurastrum pungens Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Desmidiaceae

Staurastrum pungens  Br√©bisson

This would seem to be genuinely rare with few records reported. Quite a variable species in relation to its spines. An acidophile found in disused peat-cuttings and similar habitats

References: 
Ralfs, J. (1848) The British Desmidieae
West, W., West, G.S. & Carter, N. (1923) A Monograph of the British Desmidiaceae, Volume 5
John, D.M. & Williamson, D.B. (2009) A Practical Guide to the Desmids of the West of Ireland
Coesel, P.F.M. & Meesters, K.J. (2013) European Flora of the Desmid Genera Staurastrum and Staurodesmus

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