British and Irish shallow seas contain an astonishing 6% of the world’s seaweed species, which is more than 600 different seaweeds. Yet most divers, snorkelers and rockpoolers can put names to only a handful of them. This photographic guide aims to demystify seaweed identification for the non-specialist.
This extensively revised and updated second edition, of this now indispensable guide to seaweed identification, includes over 235 species. Each species is clearly described in detail with accompanying colour photographs, information on habitat, distribution and potential confusion species. The species accounts are divided into three main sections, red, brown and green seaweeds, each with its own identification key and introduction. With over 550 colour photographs and illustrations this guide is an invaluable aid for any person wishing to identify Britain and Ireland’s seaweeds.
Written by four of the most experienced and knowledgeable contemporary marine botanists in Britain.
Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland has been produced as part of the Seasearch project, which offers training in the identification of marine life and habitats and encourages recording by volunteers.
- Over 230 species described in detail with colour photographs, information on size, habitat and distribution maps.
- Over 50 new species, many with information on how to identify to species level using microscopic features.
- Key distinguishing features and areas of identity confusion highlighted.
- Colour and form used to group species and aid identification using dichotomous keys.
- Details of life histories and reproductive processes for the main seaweed groups.
- Both scientific and English names used for species and groups.
- A glossary of common and specialised terms.
Foreword by Mike Guiry
Authors: Francis StP. D. Bunker, Juliet A. Brodie, Christine A, Maggs and Anne R. Bunker
Publication date: 5th June 2017
Size: 148mm x 210mm
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