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Cosmarium hexastichum Desmid Species Outer Hebrides

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Phylum: Charophyta   Family: Desmidiaceae

Cosmarium hexastichum P. Lundell 1871

Described by Lundell in 1871 at the same time as his similar Cosmarium quadrifarium. The main difference being the number of rows of warts in lateral view: six in the first, 4 in the latter. His rather precise drawing depicts nine emarginate isthmial warts in two rows. Later finds have shown 7-9 warts in a less orderly configuration. The Lewis find has seven rather amorphous warts. Both species, although widespread, are rarely recorded.

Lundell, P.M. (1871) De desmidiaceis quae in Suecia inventae sunt, observationes criticae.
Kouwets, F.A.C. (in manuscript) European Flora of the Desmid Genus Cosmarium.