Phylum: Charophyta Family: Desmidiaceae
Staurastrum vestitum Ralfs 1848
Found in slightly acidic habitats such as shallow lochs and moorland ponds. Also found in more acidic waters with Sphagnum. Possibly widespread in the Outer Hebrides but not common.
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Ralfs, J. (1848) The British Desmidieae.