The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles. 2nd Edition


  • The first comprehensive guide of its kind, this volume is essential for any study of freshwater algae in the British Isles
  • Features user-friendly identification keys and numerous illustrations, including eight colour plates
  • The accompanying online material provides a comprehensive colour photo catalogue, highly illustrated articles, a full list of references and a coded list of British freshwater algae
The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles. 2nd Edition Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Cambridge University Press
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Pages: 896 Illustrations and other contents: Worked examples or Exercises ISBN: 9781108478007 Categories: , ,

First published in 2011, The Freshwater Algal Flora of the British Isles – An Identification Guide to Freshwater and Terrestrial Algae 2nd Edition, is essential for any study of freshwater algae in the British Isles. Out of print for some time, this second edition has now been reprinted. The only difference from the original is that the DVD-ROM that accompanied the book has been replaced, the contents now being available on-line.

Building on the success of the first edition and featuring contributions from leading experts in the field, this expanded and thoroughly revised second edition provides an indispensable guide to the freshwater and terrestrial algae of the British Isles. It is an up-to-date account of and identification tool for more than 2400 algal species (excluding diatoms), highlighting their wider distribution around the world. Detailed descriptions are fully illustrated with clear line drawings and photographs including 190 full-page plates, eight of which are full colour.

In addition, user-friendly keys enable the accurate identification of specimens to the level of genus and species. This edition includes expanded information on ecology and the implications of recent molecular research, along with coverage of 200 extra species. The accompanying online material provides a colour photo catalogue, highly illustrated articles and video clips, making this the comprehensive reference tool for both researchers and professionals in the field.


– List of contributors
– Foreword
– Preface and acknowledgements
– Introduction
– Distribution and ecology
– History of freshwater algal studies in the British Isles
– Field methods
– Laboratory methods
– Water framework directive
– Access to live algal cultures from the British Isles

– Classification
– Phylum Cyanophyta (Blue-Green Algae/Cyanobacteria)
– Phylum Rhodophyta (Red Algae)
– Phylum Euglenophyta (Euglenoids)
– Phylum Cryptophyta (Cryptomonads)
– Phylum Pyrrophyta (Dinoflagellates)
– Phylum Raphidophyta
– Phylum Haptophyta (Prymnesiophyta)
– Phylum Chrysophyta (Golden Algae)
– Phylum Xanthophyta (Yellow-Green Algae)
– Phylum Eustigmatophyta
– Phylum Bacillariophyta (Diatoms)
– Phylum Phaeophyta (Brown Algae)
– Phylum Prasinophyta
– Phylum Chlorophyta (Green Algae)
– Phylum Glaucophyta

Standard form of authors of algal names
Sources of illustrations or material
Taxonomic index
Subject index

Weight3 kg



Author Biography

David M. John is Adjunct Professor at the Martin Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway and Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum in London. His main research interests are in the taxonomy, ecology and biogeography of freshwater and tropical marine algae. Brian A. Whitton is Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Durham. He is currently studying probable increases in organic phosphate in upland streams and rivers and its impact on algae, as well as being involved in providing training on algal identification for water management organisations. Alan J. Brook was Emeritus Professor of Biology at the University of Buckingham. He has held a number of positions at institutions in the UK, Sudan and the USA, and has spent his research career studying freshwater algae, with particular interest in desmids.