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International Journal on Algae
SJR: 0.219 SNIP: 0.261 CiteScore™: 0.24

ISSN Imprimir: 1521-9429
ISSN On-line: 1940-4328

International Journal on Algae

DOI: 10.1615/InterJAlgae.v1.i2.60
pages 63-75

Addition to the flora of Euglenophyta of Israel

H. Hisoriev
Tadzhik (Tajik) National University, Department of Botany, 17, Rudaki Avenue, 734025 Dushanbe, Tadzhikistan
Solomon P. Wasser
International Centre for Biotechnology and Biodiversity of Fungi Institute of Evolution and Faculty of Natural Sciences University of Haifa, Mt. Carmel, Haifa 31905, Israel
Eviatar D. Nevo
Department of Evolutionary and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Evolution, University of Haifa, 199 Abba Khousi Ave., Mt. Carmel, Haifa 3498838, Israel
V. V. Stupina
N.G. Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, 2, Tereshchenkovskaya St., 01001 Kiev, Ukraine


A brief survey of literature and original data on the study of species composition of Euglenophyta in water bodies of Israel is given. In Israel, 61 species of Euglenophyta represented by 73 varieties and forms (including those that contain the nomenclature! type of the species) are found. They belong to the class Euglenophyceae, two orders (Euglenales, Peranematales), four families (Euglenaceae, Menoidiaceae, Peranemataceae, Petalomonadaceae), and nine genera. Euglenaceae (98.5 % of infraspeciflc taxa found), and genera Euglena Ehr. (39.8 %) and Phacus Duj. (31.5 %) are most diverse in their species composition. Eight species (10 infraspeciflc taxa) of the genera Euglena (4 species), Phacus - 3, Lepocinclis - 1 (3) are recorded from Israel for the first time. The most widespread species in the water bodies of Israel are Trachelomonas volvocina Ehr., T. hispida (Perty) Stein, Euglena acus Ehr., E. caudata Hübn., E. texta (Duj.) Hübn., Phacus caudatus Hübn., P. longicauda (Ehr.) Duj. and Lepocinclis ovum (Ehr.) Lemm. Widely distributed species with pluriregional (50 %) and Eurasian (13.1 %) types of distribution form the core of the flora of Euglenophyta of Israel.