Translated and revised for the English language edition by Michael D. Guiry (2011) This is a translation of the German edition (2008). Fifteen pictures have been replaced with better ones, and seven species have been added.
The present guide will help in the identification of marine algae (macroalgae, seaweeds) without requiring special knowledge of the subject and technical aids, such as a microscope. For a person interested in nature with a general interest in and knowledge of biology, a direct comparison of seaweed material with the original colour images herein will be useful in recognising the essential morphological chararcteristics of genera and/or species. The acommpanying text is intended to support this, and is essentially reduced to a description of morphological characteristics that can be seen with the unaided eye (although a small magnifying lense is helpful in some cases). This is supplemented by additional information, particularly on habitat and geographical distribution.
601 pages, 1020 figs on 263 col. plates.
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