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Cymbella pamirensis sp. nov. (Bacillariophyceae) from an alpine lake in the Pamir Mountains, Northwestern China



This paper describes a new Cymbella species from an alpine lake in the Pamir Mountains, NW China, with the aid of light and scanning electron microscopy and morphometric analyses. The morphology of the new species, named Cymbella pamirensis, is discussed and compared to similar species. The main morphometric features distinguishing Cymbella pamirensis from similar species of Cymbella are the outline and size of the valves. Cymbella pamirensis has been observed in surface sediment and core samples from Lake Sate Baile Dikuli, an alkaline, mesotrophic lake of the Pamir Mountains.


China, Cymbella, diatom, morphometric analysis, taxonomy, Algae

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