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Species of the Cocconeis peltoides group with a marginal row of unusual processes (Mascarenes and Kerguelen Islands, Indian Ocean)
Riaux-Gobin, C.; Compère, P.; Al-Handal, A. (2011). Species of the Cocconeis peltoides group with a marginal row of unusual processes (Mascarenes and Kerguelen Islands, Indian Ocean). Diatom Research 26(4): 325-338. dx.doi.org/10.1080/0269249X.2011.639559
In: Diatom Research. Taylor & Francis: Bristol Avon. ISSN 0269-249X , more
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Keyword
    Marine
Author keywords
    benthic diatoms; Cocconeis peltoides; Indian Ocean; marginal processes

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  • Riaux-Gobin, C.
  • Compère, P., more
  • Al-Handal, A.

Abstract
    Two diatoms related to Cocconeis peltoides Hustedt (Bacillariophyceae), from coral reef environments (Mascarenes, Western Indian Ocean), are proposed as a new Cocconeis variety and a new C. species: Cocconeis peltoides var. archaeana Riaux-Gobin et Compère and Cocconeis sigillata Riaux-Gobin et Al-Handal. Cocconeis peltoides and the two new taxa possess an unusual marginal row of small processes on their sternum valve, internally opening as curb-like structures. Several other Cocconeis species, encountered during sampling campaigns in Kerguelen (Southern Ocean, Indian Ocean sector), also share such processes, including Cocconeis hauniensis Witkowski and Cocconeis germainii Riaux-Gobin, Witkowski et Romero. The shared characteristics of these taxa are examined and compared in detail.

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