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Algae 2008;23(1): 1-14. doi: https://doi.org/10.4490/algae.2008.23.1.001
Desmids (Chlorophyceae, Conjugales, Desmidiaceae) from Foothills of Western Himalaya, India
Sunil Kumar Shukla1, Chandra Prakash Shukla2 and Pradeep Kumar Misra2*

1National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Headland Sada, Vasco-Da-Gama, Goa – 403 804, India
2Phycology Research Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Lucknow, Lucknow – 226 007, India
*Corresponding Author  Email: misrapkm@yahoo.com
ABSTRACT
Forty-eight taxa of desmids belonging to Class Chlorophyceae (Order - Conjugales, Family - Desmidiaceae), collected from different aquatic habitats of Lalkuan, Kathgodam and Pantnagar areas of Uttaranchal state and Pilibheet district of Uttar Pradesh, which are regions of foothills of Western Himalaya, have been described. These taxa belongs to 5 genera viz. Closterium Nitzsch (6 spp., 5 var., and 2 forma), Euastrum Ehrenberg (1 var.), Staurastrum Meyen (2 spp., 1 var., 1 forma), Cosmarium Corda ex Ralfs (19 spp. and 10 var.), Pleurotaenium Naegeli (1 sp.). Staurastrum pseudopachyrhyncum Wolle (1884) is new record for desmid flora of India.
Key words: algae, chlorophyceae, conjugales, desmids, foothills of Western Himalaya


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