Borovichev E.A.1,2, Bakalin V.A.3,4, Vilnet A.A.2  2015. Revision of the Russian Marchantiales. II. A review of the genus Asterella P. Beauv. (Aytoniaceae, Hepaticae) // Arctoa. Vol. 24(2): 294–313 [in English].

1 Institute of Industrial Ecology Problems of the North of the Kola Science Center of RAS, Apatity, Murmansk Province, 184209, Russia – Россия, 184209, г. Апатиты, Мурманская область, Институт проблем промышленной экологии Севера Кольского научного центра РАН; е-mail:

2 Polar-Alpine Botanical Garden-Institute of the Kola Science Center of RAS, Kirovsk, Murmansk Province, 184256, Russia – Россия, 184256, г. Кировск, Мурманская область, Полярно-альпийский ботанический сад-институт им. Н.А. Аврорина Кольского НЦ РАН; е-mail:

3 Botanical Garden-Institute FEB RAS, Makovskogo Street, 142, Vladivostok, 690024, Russia – Ботанический сад-институт ДВО РАН, ул. Маковского, 142, Владивосток, 690024

4 Institute of Biology and Soil Science FEB RAS, Stoletiya Vladivostoka Avenue, 159, Vladivostok, 690022, Russia, Биолого-почвенный институт ДВО РАН, пр. Столетия Владивостока, 159, Владивосток, 690022; e-mail:

KEYWORDS: Asterella, Aytoniaceae, Russia, liverworts, phytogeography, taxonomy, Hepaticae, LSU, 26S, trnL-F

ABSTRACT. The genus Asterella P. Beauv. includes four species in Russia: A. leptophylla and A. cruciata are restricted to the southern flank of the Russian Far East and two others, A. saccata and A. lindenbergiana occur mostly in the subartcic zone of Asia and the northern part of European Russia. Asterella cruciata is recorded for the first time in Russia. The study of the ribosomal LSU (or 26S) gene and trnL-F cpDNA intron confirmed the placement of Asterella gracilis in the genus Mannia and revealed the close relationship of A. leptophylla and A. cruciata,  and the rather unrelated position of A. saccata and A. lindenbergiana. The phylogenetic tree includes robustly supported terminal clades, however with only weak support for deeper nodes. In general, Asterella species and M. gracilis from Russia show low levels of infraspecific variation. An identification key and species descriptions based on Russian specimens are provided, along with details of specimens examined, ecology and diagnostic characters of species.

doi: 10.15298/arctoa.24.26

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