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New diatom species Diploneis zhui sp. nov. from Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve, China

China‐Croatia “Belt and Road” Joint Laboratory on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Chengdu Institute of Biology; Chinese Academy of Sciences; Chengdu 610041; China.
Institute of Biology; Faculty of Natural Sciences; Ss Cyril and Methodius University; Archimedova 3; Skopje; North Macedonia.
Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve Management Bureau; Aba Prefecture; China.
China‐Croatia “Belt and Road” Joint Laboratory on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services; Chengdu Institute of Biology; Chinese Academy of Sciences; Chengdu 610041; China.
University of Zagreb; Faculty of Science; Department of Biology; Rooseveltov trg 6; HR-10000 Zagreb; Croatia.
Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve Management Bureau; Aba Prefecture; China.
Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve Management Bureau; Aba Prefecture; China.
University of Zagreb; Faculty of Science; Department of Biology; Rooseveltov trg 6; HR-10000 Zagreb; Croatia.
biodiversity diatom Diploneis freshwater taxonomy Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve Algae

Abstract

Diploneis zhui sp. nov. was observed in epilitic diatom communities from Jiuzhaigou National Nature Reserve. The species is described herein based on light microscopy (LM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and ecological information of the type locality is provided. The species is characterized by linear to linear-elliptic valves with broadly rounded ends, 18–39 μm long, and 9.5–11.0 μm wide and partly biseriate striae, 16–18 in 10 μm. The species is compared with most similar taxa from other regions. The discovery of a new diatom species confirms the importance of Jiuzhaigou not only in terms of species richness and endemicity, but also for the biodiversity of freshwater karst ecosystems.

 

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