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Tables for Crystallography Volume A Spacegroup symmetry Edited by M. I. Aroyo © International Union of Crystallography 2016 
International Tables for Crystallography (2016). Vol. A, ch. 2.1, p. 157

The seven rhombohedral space groups are treated in two versions, the first based on `hexagonal axes' (obverse setting), the second on `rhombohedral axes' (cf. Sections 2.1.1.2 and 2.1.3.2). The pairs of diagrams are similar to those in IT (1952) and IT A (2002); the left or top one displays the symmetry elements, the right or bottom one the general position. This is illustrated in Fig. 2.1.3.9, which gives the axes a and b of the triple hexagonal cell and the projections of the axes of the primitive rhombohedral cell, labelled a_{rh}, b_{rh} and c_{rh}. For convenience, all `heights' in the spacegroup diagrams are fractions of the hexagonal c axis. For `hexagonal axes', the projection direction is [001], for `rhombohedral axes' it is [111]. In the generalposition diagrams, the circles drawn in heavier lines represent atoms that lie within the primitive rhombohedral cell (provided the symbol `−' is read as rather than as ).
The symmetryelement diagrams for the hexagonal and the rhombohedral descriptions of a space group are the same. The edges of the primitive rhombohedral cell (cf. Fig. 2.1.3.9) are only indicated in the generalposition diagram of the rhombohedral description.
References
International Tables for Crystallography (2002). Vol. A, 5th ed., edited by Th. Hahn. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers. [Abbreviated as IT A (2002).]International Tables for Xray Crystallography (1952). Vol. I, edited by N. F. M. Henry & K. Lonsdale. Birmingham: Kynoch Press. [Revised editions: 1965, 1969 and 1977. Abbreviated as IT (1952).]