Ignatova E.A.1, Tubanova D.Ya.2, Tumurova O.D.2, Goryunov D.V.3, Kuznetsova O.I.4 2015. When the plant size matters: a new semi-cryptic species of Dicranum from Russia // Arctoa. Vol. 24(2): 471-488 [in English].

1 Moscow State University, Biological Faculty, Geobotany Dept., Moscow 119991 Russia – Россия 119991, Москва, Московский университет, Биологический факультет, каф. геоботаники; e-mail: arctoa@list.ru

2 Institute of General and Experimental Biology of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Sakhjanovoy str., 6, Ulan-Ude 670047 Russia – Россия 670047, Улан-Удэ, Сахьяновой, д. 6, Институт общей и экспериментальной биологии СО РАН; e-mail: tdolgor@yandex.ru

3 A.N.Belozersky’ Research Institute of Physico-Chemical Biology, Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 Russia – Россия 119991 Москва, МГУ, НИИ Физико-химической биологии им. А.Н. Белозерского; e-mail: denis.goryunov@mail.ru

4 Main Botanical Garden, Russian Academy of Sciences, Botanicheskaya 4, Moscow 127276 Russia – 127276 Москва, Ботаническая, 4, Главный ботанический сад РАН, e-mails: oikuznets@gmail.com

Keywords: mosses, Dicranum spadiceum, taxonomy, ITS, trnl-F, new species, Russia

Abstract. The analysis of nuclear ITS1-2 and chloroplastic trnL-F DNA sequences revealed an undescribed species closely related to D. spadiceum, and it is described as Dicranum schljakovii Ignatova & Tubanova, sp. nova. Its distinctive characters include the smaller size of plants and leaves, and a different leaf shape. Its distribution area covers the southern part of Asian Russia, Yakutia, Russian Far East (Primorsky Territory, Kamchatka, Sakhalin and Kuril Islands) and Urals, plus few localities in Taimyr and a single disjunct locality in Murmansk Province. The distinction of D. spadiceum var. spadiceum and var. subscabrifolium is not confirmed by the molecular markers used in the study. Morphological chracteristics of D. spadiceum are corrected by the addition of some characters of var. subscabrifolium. Synonymization of D. angustum and D. laevidens with D. spadiceum is not confirmed as well, and these two species are not closely related to each other. Descriptions and illustrations for D. spadiceum and D. schljakovii are provided, their distribution and ecology are reviewed, and a key to the identification of species of Dicranum sect. Muehlenbeckia with the addition of D. laevidens is given.

doi: 10.15298/arctoa.24.38

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