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Mesotaenium macrococcum Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Mesotaeniaceae

Mesotaenium macrococcum (F.T. Kützing) J. Roy & J.P. Bisset 1894

First described by Kützing (1845: 153) as Palmogloea macrococca. It was later moved to Mesotaenium by Roy & Bisset (1894: 253). Similar to M. chlamydosporum in size and habitats but the chloroplast in the former fills the cell in face-view.
Cell dimensions: L: 15-37 µm; B: 8-17 µm; L/B: 1.4-3.1.
Found in atmophytic habitats such as dripping rocks and on moss and other substrates, but also in abandoned peat-cuttings and moorland bogs and pools.

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