The freshwater algal flora of the British Isles : an identification guide to freshwater and terrestrial algae

Other titles
  • Photo catalogue of images of freshwater algae and algal habitats
  • Photo catalogue of images of freahwater algae and algal habitats.
  • Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2002
Physical description
xii, 702 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm + 1 CD-ROM
  • 9780521770514
  • 0521770513
  • "A collaborative project of the British Phycological Society and the Natural History Museum, London."
  • Accompanying CD-ROM titled "Photo catalogue of images of freahwater algae and algal habitats."
  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 635-663) and indexes.
  • CD-ROM compiled by Peter V. York, David M. John and Leslie R. Johnson.
  • One CD-ROM in pocket attached to inside back cover
  • System requirements for disc: none given.
  • Source of acquisition: 2002/10/FWIC
  • Given to Kew from the library of the late W.D. Richardson, M.Sc., C.Biol. MSB, FLS (copy 2).
  • Introduction -- Distribution and ecology -- History of freshwater algal studies in the British Isles -- Field methods -- Laboratory methods -- Classification -- Phylum Cyanophyta (Cyanobacteria) / Brian A. Whitton -- Phylum Rhodophyta (red algae) / Robert G. Sheath, Alison R. Sherwood -- Phylum Euglenophyta / Konrad Wołowski -- Phylum Cryptophyta (cryptomonads) / Gianofranco Novarino -- Phylum Pyrrophyta (dinoflagellates) / Jane M. Lewis, John D. Dodge -- Phylum Raphidophyta / Allan Pentecost -- Phylum Haptophyta (Prymnesiophyta) / Hans R. Preisig -- Phylum Chrysophyta (golden algae) / Jørgen Kristiansen -- Phylum Xanthophyta (yellow-green algae) / Leslie R. Johnson -- Phylum Eustigmatophyta / David M. John -- Phylum Bacillariophyta (diatoms) / Martyn G. Kelly, Elizabeth Y. Haworth -- Phylum Phaeophyta (brown algae) / John D. Wehr -- Phylum Prasinophyta / Øvind Moestrup -- Phylum Chlorophyta (green algae) -- Phylum Glaucophyta / Brian A. Whitton -- Glossary -- Standard form of authors of algal names / Judith F. John
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  • The varied and often beautiful forms of freshwater algae have long held a fascination for naturalists and professional scientists alike, particularly those involved in monitoring and managing the freshwater environment. This Flora provides the first modern account and identification guide to more than 2200 species of freshwater algae found in the British Isles (excluding diatoms), the majority of which also have a world-wide distribution. Non-technical descriptions are supported by clear line illustrations or photographs that emphasise the features significant for identification, most of which can be seen with a simple light microscope. In addition, user-friendly keys enable the accurate identification of specimens to the level of genus or species. Notes are included on ecology, world distribution and any taxonomic problems or identification difficulties. The accompanying CD-ROM photo catalogue of more than 900 spectacular colour images of freshwater algae and their habitats provides a valuable additional reference source and identification tool