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Revision of type materials of antarctic diatom species (Bacillariophyta) described by West & West (1911), with the description of two new species


Van De Vijver, B and Tavernier, I and Kellogg, TB and Gibson, J and Verleyen, E and Vyverman, W and Sabbe, K, Revision of type materials of antarctic diatom species (Bacillariophyta) described by West & West (1911), with the description of two new species, Fottea, 12, (2) pp. 149-169. ISSN 1802-5439 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5507/fot.2012.012


In 1911, W. & G.S. West published a detailed account of freshwater algae collected by James Murray in the vicinity of Cape Royds on Ross Island (Antarctic Continent). Out of of 84 algal taxa reported, 30 were diatoms. Although the majority of the diatoms were considered (at that time) to be cosmopolitan, eight diatom species and two varieties were described as new. While most of these new taxa are still commonly reported from Antarctic and Subantarctic localities, the exact identity of some remains uncertain. Here we document the morphology of these species from the original type material using light and scanning electron microscopy; the taxonomic identities are discussed and, where necessary, the taxonomy is updated. For several species, lectotypes are designated. In addition, two Antarctic species are described as new: Luticola pseudomurrayi Van de Vijver et Tavernier sp. nov. and Chamaepinnularia gibsonii Van de Vijver sp. nov.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Antarctica, Bacillariophyta, diatoms, morphology, new species, type material, West & West
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Evolutionary biology
Research Field:Evolutionary impacts of climate change
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Gibson, J (Dr John Gibson)
ID Code:83459
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2013-03-14
Last Modified:2017-11-02
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