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Micrasterias rotata Ralfs

Empire Eukaryota
Kingdom Plantae
Subkingdom Viridiplantae
Infrakingdom Streptophyta infrakingdom
Phylum Charophyta
Class Conjugatophyceae (Zygnematophyceae)
Order Desmidiales
Family Desmidiaceae
Genus Micrasterias


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Micrasterias rotata Ralfs
Teal Lake, Washington, USA; 200x, DIC. 16 Feb 2008. Karl Bruun. © Karl Bruun (skogenman@earthlink.net).

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Lithothamnion meneghianum Vinassa

Micrasterias rotata Ralfs Polar lobe at two focus points. Long Moss Tarn, Cumbria, UK.

Publication details
Micrasterias rotata Ralfs 1848: 71, pl. VIII [8]: fig. 1

Published in: Ralfs, J. (1848). The British Desmidieae. pp. [i]-xxii, [i], [1]-226, pls I-XXXV. London: Reeve, Benham & Reeve.
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Type species
The type species (lectotype) of the genus Micrasterias is Micrasterias furcata C.Agardh ex Ralfs.

Status of name
This name is of an entity that is currently accepted taxonomically.

Origin of species name
Adjective (Latin), wheel-shaped.

Heterotypic Synonym(s)
Euastrum radiatum Brébisson 1840
Micrasterias rotata f. granulata West 1892
Micrasterias rotata f. evoluta W.B.Turner 1893
Micrasterias rotata var. pulchra Lemmermann 1896
Micrasterias rotata var. evoluta (W.B.Turner) Willi Krieger 1939

General environment
This is a freshwater species.

Type information
Type locality: Britain (various records); Germany (Ehrenberg); Falaise (Brébisson); Rhode Island (Bailey) (Silva 1996-to date).

Detailed distribution with sources
(as Micrasterias rotata Ralfs)
Europe: Andorra (Cambra Sánchez, Álvarez Cobelas & Aboal Sanjurjo 1998), Austria (Lenzenweger 1996), Britain (Brook & Johnson 2002, Whitton et al. 2003, John, Whitton & Brook 2011), Czech Republic (Stastny 2010, Petra Mazalová, Jana ), France (Kouwets 1999, Anon. 2017), Georgia (Barinova et al. 2011), Germany (Ludwig & Schnittler 1996, Täuscher 2014, Täuscher 2015 , Täuscher 2016, Paul, Stastny & Doege 2017), Hungary (Németh 2005), Ireland (John, Williamson & Guiry 2011), Italy (Abdelahad et al. 2003), Latvia (Skuja 1928), Netherlands (Coesel 1985, Veen et al. 2015), Portugal (Cambra Sánchez, Álvarez Cobelas & Aboal Sanjurjo 1998), Romania (Caraus 2002, Caraus 2012, Caraus 2017), Russia (Europe) (Stenina & Patova 2007, Patova & Demina 2007), Slovakia (Hindák & Hindáková 2016), Slovenia (Vrhovsek et al. 2006), Spain (Alvárez Cobelas 1984, Cambra Sánchez, Álvarez Cobelas & Aboal Sanjurjo 1998), Sweden (Skuja 1948), Turkey (Europe) (Sahín 2005, Aysel 2005).

North America: Alaska (Saunders 1901), Arkansas (Akin & Meyer 1996, Akin & Meyer 1996, Smith 2010), British Columbia (Hall et al. 2011 ), North Carolina (Hall et al. 2011 ), Québec (Irénée-Marie 1939, Poulin, Hamilton & Proulx 1995, Poulin, Hamilton & Proulx 1995), Wisconsin (Hall et al. 2011 ).

Caribbean Islands: Cuba (Comas González 2009).

South America: Argentina (Tell 1985), Brazil (Assis et al. 2018, Bicudo & Bicudo 1962, Bicudo & Ventrice 1968, Sormus & Bicudo 1997, Lopes & Bicudo 2003, Araújo et al. 2010, Freitas & Loverde-Oliveira 2013).

South-west Asia: India (Gupta 2012).

Asia: China (Hu & Wei 2006), Russia (Far East) (Medvedeva & Nikulina 2014), Russia (Siberia) (Luknitskaya 2014).

South-east Asia: Thailand (Hirano 1992).

Australia and New Zealand: New South Wales (Day et al. 1995, Dingley 2001), New Zealand (Croasdale & Flint 1986, Broady et al. 2012), Northern Territory (Day et al. 1995), Tasmania (Day et al. 1995).

(as Micrasterias rotata f. granulata West)
Europe: Ireland (John, Williamson & Guiry 2011), Romania (Caraus 2002).

(as Micrasterias rotata f. evoluta W.B.Turner)
Europe: Romania (Caraus 2002).

North America: Arkansas (Smith 2010).

South America: Argentina (Tell 1985).

(as Micrasterias rotata var. evoluta (W.B.Turner) Willi Krieger)
Europe: Hungary (Németh 2005).

Key references
Brook, A.J., Williamson, D.B. & John, D.M. (2011). Phylum Chlorophyta. Suborder Desmidiineae. In: The freshwater algal flora of the British Isles. An identification guide to freshwater and terrestrial algae. Second edition. (John, D.M., Whitton, B.A. & Brook, A.J. Eds), pp. 636-741. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Coesel, P.F.M. & Meesters, K.[J.] (2007). Desmids of the Lowlands Mesotaeniaceae and Desmidaceae of the European Lowlands. pp. [1]-351, 20 text-figs, 123 pls. Zeist: KNNV Publishing.

Day, S.A., Wickham, R.P., Entwisle, T.J. & Tyler, P.A. (1995). Bibliographic check-list of non-marine algae in Australia. Flora of Australia Supplementary Series 4: i-vii, 1-276.

Hu, H. & Wei, Y. (2006). The freshwater algae of China. Systematics, taxonomy and ecology. pp. [4 pls of 16 figs], [i-iv], i-xv, 1-1023. China: www.sciencep.com.

Martello, G.V (2006). Alcune desmidiee della zona di Caldenave e della Val d'Inferno - Massiccio montuoso dei Lagorai (Trento). Informatore Botanico Italiano 38(2): 513-536.

Martello, G.V. (2004). Le Desmidiée (Chlorophyta, Zygnematophyceae) dei "Sette Laghi"nel massiccio montuoso dei Lagorai: ecologia e distribuzione in relazione all'acidita delle acque. Natura Vicentina 8: 5-32.

Martello, G.V. (2007). Le Desmidiée (Chlorophyta, Zygnematophyceae) di alcune zone umide lentiche della Val di Rava (Gruppo montuoso dei Lagorai) (TN). The Desmids (Chlorophyta, Zygematophyceae) of some lentic freshwater habitats of the Rava Valley (Montainous group of the Lagorai) (TM). Natura Vicentina 11: 77-115.

Petlovany, O.A. & Tsarenko, P.M. (2015 '2014'). Desmidiales. In: Algae of Ukraine: diversity, nomenclature, taxonomy, ecology and geography. Volume 4: Charophyta. (Tsarenko, P.M., Wasser, S.P. & Nevo, E. Eds), pp. 61-448. Ruggell: Koeltz Scientific Books.

Ribero, C. dos A., Ramos, G.P.R., Oliveira, I.B. de & Moura, C.W. do N. (2015). Micrasterias (Zygnematophyceae) de duas áreas do Pantanal dos Marimbus (Baiano e Remanso), Chapada Diamantina, Bahia, Brasil. Sitientibus Série Ciências Biológicas 15: [1-12].

Ruzicka, J. (1981). Die Desmidiaceen Mitteleuropas. Vol. 1(2) pp. [i]-ix, 293-736, pls 45-117. Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.

Wei Yinxin [Wei, Y.X.] (2003). Flora algarum sinicarum aquae dulcis, Tomus VII. Chlorophyta Zygnematales Mesotaeniaceae Demidiales Desmidiaceae Sectio I. pp. 1-267, pls I-LII [1-52]. Beijing: Science Press. [in Chinese]

Culture Centre for Algae and Protozoa (CCAP) cultures
Strain Number 649/4B Micrasterias rotata Ralfs
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Created: 11 April 2002 by M.D. Guiry

Verified by: 15 July 2016 by M.D. Guiry

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Archer, W. (1862). Description of a new species of Micrasterias (Ag. et Aliorum, non Ehr.), with remarks on the distinctions between Micrasterias rotata (Ralfs) and M. denticulata (Bréb.). Quarterly Journal of Microscopical Science, new series 2: 236-247.
Eibl, K. (1941). Die restitution der chromatophorenform bei micrasterias rotata nach schleuderung. Protoplasma 35(4): 595-617.

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