Fottea, 2015 (vol. 15), issue 1

Fottea 15(1): 11-25, 2015 | 10.5507/fot.2015.002

A re-examination of the type material of Entomoneis paludosa (W Smith) Reimer and its morphology and distribution in African waters

Tatenda Dalu1,*, Jonathan C. Taylor2,3,4, Nicole B. Richoux1, P. William Froneman1
1 Zoology and Entomology, Rhodes University, P O Box 94, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa;*Corresponding author e-mail: dalutatenda@yahoo.co.uk
2 School of Biological Sciences, North-West University, P Bag X6001, Potchefstroom 2520, South Africa
3 South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), P Bag 1015, Grahamstown 6140, South Africa
4 Botanic Garden Meise, Nieuwelaan 38, 1860 Meise, Belgium

The current study aims to enhance the understanding of the distribution and morphology of the diatom Entomoneis paludosa W Smith 1853 in African waters. The type material of Entomoneis paludosa (W Smith) Reimer was examined using light and scanning electron microscopy and the morphological characters were compared with new specimens sampled from a temperate river in South Africa. The wider distribution of this taxon on the African continent is discussed, and its relationship to water quality variables.

Keywords: benthic, distribution, Entomoneis paludosa, Kowie system, morphology

Received: July 14, 2014; Accepted: November 14, 2014; Published: April 22, 2015

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