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Tortitaenia bahusiensis Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Mesotaeniaceae

Tortitaenia bahusiensis  (Nordstedt & Lütkemüller) Coesel

A rare species found in areas where the habitat can dry out such as ephemeral pools, aerophytic, wet rocks, etc. Cells have two large pyrenoids (recently divided cells occasionally show one). The apices of the chloroplasts often show a red pigentation.

Lütkemüller, J. (1895) Ueber die Gattung Spirotaenia
Coesel, P.F.M. & Meesters, K.J. (2007) Mesotaeniaceae and Desmidiaceae of the European Lowlands
Štastný, J. (2008) Desmids from ephemeral pools and aerophytic habitats from the Czech Republic