Nitzschia anatoliensis sp. nov., a cryptic diatom species from the highly alkaline Van Lake (Turkey)
Solak, Cüneyt Nadir
In this article we describe Nitzschia anatoliensis Górecka, Gastineau & Solak sp. nov., an example of a diatom species inhabiting extreme habitats. The new species has been isolated and successfully grown from the highly alkaline Van Lake in East Turkey. The description is based on morphology (light and scanning electron microscopy), the sequencing of its organellar genomes and several molecular phylogenies. This species could easily be overlooked because of its extreme similarity to Nitzschia aurariae but molecular phylogenies indicate that they are only distantly related. Furthermore, molecular data suggest that N. anatoliensis may occur in several alkaline lakes of Asia Minor and Siberia, but was previously misidentified as Nitzschia communis. It also revealed the very close genetic proximity between N. anatoliensis and the endosymbiont of the dinotom Kryptoperidinium foliaceum, providing additional clues on what might have been the original species of diatoms to enter symbiosis.
574 - General ecology and biodiversity
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Solak, Cüneyt Nadir, Romain Gastineau, Claude Lemieux, Monique Turmel, Ewa Gorecka, Rosa Trobajo, Mateusz Rybak, Elif Yılmaz, and Andrzej Witkowski. 2021. "Nitzschia Anatoliensis Sp. Nov., A Cryptic Diatom Species From The Highly Alkaline Van Lake (Turkey)". Peerj 9: e12220. doi:10.7717/peerj.12220.
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EC/H2020/734708/EU/The Genus Haslea, New marine resources for blue biotechnology and Aquaculture/GHaNA
Aigües Marines i Continentals
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