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Staurastrum haaboeliense Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Desmidiaecea

Staurastrum haaboeliense Wille 1880

Described as an Arctic-alpine species with records from northern Europe and North America. The Wests & Carter (1923) give three sites for Britain but none for Scotland. It would seem to be a rare British species. Mostly triradiate but Lenzenweger (1997) gives a quadriradiate cell with larger dimensions. Found in acidic habitats such a moorland pools and disused peat-cuttings.

Wille, N. (1881) Bidrag til kundskaben om Norges ferskvandsalger 1. Smaalenenes Chlorophyllophyceer
West, W., West, G.S. & Carter, N. (1923) A Monograph of the British Desmidiaceae, Volume 5
Prescott, W.G., et al. (2001 reprint) A Synopsis of North American Desmids. Part II, Desmidiaceae: Placodermae, Section 4
Lenzenweger, R. (1997) Desmidiaceenflora von Österreich, Teil 2
Coesel, P.F.M. & Meesters, K.J. (2013) European Flora of the Desmid Genera Staurastrum and Staurodesmus