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Xanthidium variabile Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Desmidiaceae

Xanthidium variabile  (Nordstedt) West & G.S.West

An acidophile mainly from moorland pools and bogs, especially with Sphagnum. John, et al. (2011) note: "… widespread and often abundant in Sphagnum bogs throughout the British Isles although easily overlooked." It's proving to be rare in the Outer Hebrides even though we have ideal habitat

References: 
John, D.M., Whitton, B.A. & Brook, A.J. (2011 second edition) The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles
West, W. & West, G.S. (1912) A Monograph of the British Desmidiaceae, Volume 4
Coesel, P.F.M. & Meesters, K.J. (2007) Mesotaeniaceae and Desmidiaceae of the European Lowlands

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