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Proceedings of the 1st European Workshop on Diatom Taxonomy, Belvaux, Luxembourg, November 26-27, 2009

2011. 238 pages, 1372 figures, 18 tables, 16x25cm, 580 g
Language: English

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Review: Acta Botanica Hungarica 53 (3-4), 2011

Diatoms are important in life of all kinds of water. Benthic species are widely used for water quality evaluation. However in many cases species identification, on which water quality evaluation relies, is difficult as there are no unambiguous morphological criteria defining species limits. For solving this problem the 1st European Workshop on Diatom Taxonomy (1st EWDT) was held in November 2009 where researchers and students from twelve countries, mainly, but not only from Europe participated. This special issue of the journal Algological Studies dedicated to the genus Achnanthidium Kützing contains the main results of participants of the 1st EWDT and additional publications on this genus.

Members of Achnanthidium are common and abundant in all types of freshwater therefore that increases their bioindication relevance. Nevertheless, taxonomy and identification of these monoraphid diatoms are problematic; their small size makes distinguishing characters difficult to observe under light microscope.

This volume includes ten articles on describing not only morphological characteristics but in many cases distribution, ecological preferences of several Achnanthidium species living in different parts of Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. Diatoms belonging to this genus are presented from Nepal and India, Bolivia as well as southern Poland. Exploration of streams in the Himalayas is based on the observation of A. pyrenaicum and related species. The authors, Jüttner et al. also analysed the response of these species to gradients in altitude, water chemistry, habitat characteristics and geographical distribution.

The taxonomic position of some new and some described Achnanthidium species is determinated based on light and scanning electron microscopical features. Among these A. ennediense is intriguing because this species was originally described as a Navicula.

Hlúbiková et al. examined five species within the Achnanthidium minutissimum complex. Their work is interesting because this group considered to live in all freshwater habitats is one of the most difficult to distinguish. Van de Vijver et al. reviewed European populations of A. lineare revealing two additional species.

The real value of this book lies in the exact morphological descriptions and the good quality light and scanning electron microscopical images providing features that could distinguish species that were until now difficult to distinguish. This volume could be recommended not only to diatom taxonomists but ecologists dealing with diatoms and their role in water quality evaluation.


Acta Botanica Hungarica 53 (3-4), 2011, p. 444-445

Original paper

1st European Workshop on Diatom Taxonomy (1st EWDT)

Ector, Luc

p. 1-4, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600001 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0001

Original paper

Achnanthidium ennediense (Compere) Compere et Van de Vijver comb. nov. (Bacillariophyceae), the true identity of Navicula ennediensis Compere from the Ennedi mountains (Republic of Chad)

Compère, Pierre; Van de Vijver, Bart

p. 5-17, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600002 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0005

Original paper

Examination of the type material of some diatom species related to Achnanthidium minutissimum (Kutz.) Czarn. (Bacillariophyceae)

Hlúbiková, Daša; Ector, Luc; Hoffmann, Lucien

p. 19-43, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600003 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0019

Original paper

Morphology, ecology and biogeography of diatom species related to Achnanthidium pyrenaicum (Hustedt) Kobayasi (Bacillariophyceae) in streams of the Indian and Nepalese Himalaya

Jüttner, Ingrid; Chimonides, James; Cox, Eileen J.

p. 45-76, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600004 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0045

Original paper

Achnanthidium sibiricum (Bacillariophyceae), a new species from bottom sediments in Lake Baikal

Kulikovskiy, Maxim; Lange-Bertalot, Horst; Witkowski, Andrzej; Khursevich, Galina

p. 77-87, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600005 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0077

Original paper

The genus Achnanthidium Kutz. (Achnanthales, Bacillariophyceae) in Bolivian streams: a report of taxa found in recent investigations

Morales, Eduardo A.; Ector, Luc; Fernández, Erika; Novais, Maria Helena; Hlúbiková, Daša; Hamilton, Paul B.; Blanco, Saúl; Vis, Morgan L.; Kociolek, J. Patrick

p. 89-130, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600006 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0089

Original paper

Morphology and ecology of Achnanthidium caravelense (Bacillariophyceae), a new species from Portuguese rivers

Novais, Maria Helena; Hlúbiková, Daša; Morais, Manuela; Hoffmann, Lucien; Ector, Luc

p. 131-150, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600007 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0131

Original paper

Achnanthidium standeri (Cholnoky) comb. nov. and Achnanthidium taiaense (J. R. Carter et Denny) comb. nov., two new combinations of morphologically similar Achnanthidium species from Africa

Taylor, Jonathan C.; Morales, Eduardo A.; Ector, Luc

p. 151-166, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600008 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0151

Original paper

A critical analysis of the type material of Achnanthidium lineare W. Sm. (Bacillariophyceae)

Van de Vijver, Bart; Ector, Luc; Beltrami, Maria Elena; de Haan, Myriam; Falasco, Elisa; Hlúbiková, Daša; Jarlman, Amelie; Kelly, Martyn; Novais, Maria Helena; Wojtal, Agata Z.

p. 167-191, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600009 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0167

Original paper

Four new European Achnanthidium species (Bacillariophyceae)

Van de Vijver, Bart; Jarlman, Amelie; Lange-Bertalot, Horst; Mertens, Adrienne; de Haan, Myriam; Ector, Luc

p. 193-210, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600010 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0193

Original paper

The Achnanthidium minutissimum complex (Bacillariophyceae) in southern Poland

Wojtal, Agata Z.; Ector, Luc; Van de Vijver, Bart; Morales, Eduardo A.; Blanco, Saúl; Piatek, Jolanta; Smieja, Agata

p. 211-238, published: Mar 1, 2011

ArtNo. ESP221013600011 Price: 29.00 € DOI: 10.1127/1864-1318/2011/0136-0211

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