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International Journal on Algae
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ISSN Imprimir: 1521-9429
ISSN En Línea: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v1.i4.70
pages 99-102

Nephrodiella nana Ettl (Xanthophyceae) - a new species for Asia found in Israel

N. P. Masyuk
N.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2, Tereshchenkovskaya St., 01001 Kiev, Ukraine
Solomon P. Wasser
International Centre for Biotechnology and Biodiversity of Fungi Institute of Evolution and Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
M. Weinstein-Evron
Zinman Institute of Archaeology, University of Haifa, Mount Carmel, 31905 Haifa, Israel


An interesting taxonomic record of a rare species Nephrodiella nana Ettl (Xanthophyceae) was done in the el-Wad cave (Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve) near Haifa (Israel). Due to the mass development of the alga, the authors had the opportunity to examine in detail the morphological peculiarities of the Israeli population of N. nana, as well as to settle the question of the taxonomic position of this rare species. A detailed description of the studied material is given, and the features confirming its taxonomic status are presented. The paper supplements the original diagnosis of N. nana with new data on its morphological variability, reproduction, and geographical distribution. This is the third record of the species in the world (known also from Austria and the Czech Republic) and the first in Asia. In addition, it is interesting that the species, described from edaphon, has been found in an aquatic habitat, and caused water bloom. Based on an analysis of literature and original data, the authors clearly confirmed the placement of this species into Xanthophyceae.

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