"Marine Floras" for the Americas, by Region
This list is an attempt to provide common available identification sources for local floras in the Americas.
West Coast of North America
Abbott, I.A. and G.J. Hollenberg. 1976. Marine Algae of California. Stanford University Press, Stanford, Calif. 827 pp.
- Keys to species and genera of the green, brown, and red algae
- Black-and-white line drawings for each species in the book.
Abbott, I.A. and E.Y. Dawson. 1978. How to Know the Seaweeds. (2nd ed.). Wm. C. Brown Co. Publishers: Dubuque, Iowa. 141 pgs.
- Keys to 175 common genera of benthic marine algae of the United States.
- Back-and-white line drawings.
Dawson, E.Y. and M.S. Foster. 1982. Seashore Plants of California. University of California Press, Berkeley. viii + 226 pp.
- Keys to genera of benthic marine algae.
- Back-and-white line drawings and color photographs.
Gabrielson, P.W., R.F. Scagel and T.B. Widdowson. 1990. Keys to the Benthic Marine Algae and Seagrasses of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Phycological Contribution [Dept. of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.] No. 4: v+187 pp.
Lindstrom , S. C. 1977. An Annotated Bibliography of the Benthic Marine Algae of Alaska. Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Juneau, Alaska, Technical Data Report No. 31, 172 pp.
- records, including geographic distributions and habitats, of algal species reported from Alaska through 1976.
O'Clair, R.M., S. C. Lindstrom, and I.R. Brodo. 1966. Southeast Alaska's Rocky Shores: Seaweeds and Lichens. Plant Press, Auke Bay, Alaska. xii + 151 pp.
- original black and white illustrations and descriptions of about 70 common local seaweeds plus some congenerics.
-includes data on distributions, bathymetry, ecology, and other interesting facts.
Scagel, R.F. 1967. Guide to Common Seaweeds of British Columbia. British Columbia Provincial Museum, Victoria. 330 pp.
- Keys and descriptions for the common species of algae, with black-and-white line drawings.
Scagel, R.F., P.W. Gabrielson, D.J. Garbary, L. Golden, M.W. Hawkes, S.C. Lindstrom, J.C. Oliveira and T.B. Widdowson. 1993. A Synopsis of the Benthic Marine Algae of British Columbia, Southeast Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Phycological Contribution [Dept. of Botany, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.] No. 3: vi + 535 pp.
- Keys and descriptions for the common species of algae.
Waaland, J.R. 1977. Common Seaweeds of the Pacific Coast. Pacific Search Press, Seattle. - Some ecological notes, 16 color photographs as well as black-and-white illustrations.
Mexico, Central and South America
González-González J., M. Gold-Morgan, H. León-Tejera, C. Candelaria, D. León-Álvarez, E. Serviere Zaragoza and D. Fragoso. 1996. Catálogo Onomástico (Nomenclátor) y Bibliografía Indexada de las Algas Bentónicas Marinas de México. Cuadernos del Instituto de Biologia No. 29. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México, D.F. 492 pp.
-Checklist including some black-and-white illustrations (Spanish text).
Hoffmann, A. and B. Santelices. 1997. Flora Marina de Chile Central. Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago. 434 pp.
- Keys and descriptions with black-and-white illustrations of the benthic algae of central Chile.
Santelices, B. 1989. Algas Marinas de Chile: Distribución, Ecología, Utilización, Diversidad. Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago. 399 pp.
- Descriptions (in Spanish) accompanied by colour and black-and-white illustrations for 143 species of benthic marine algae commonly found in Chilean waters.
Caribbean and Florida
Dawes, C.J. 1974. Marine Algae of the West Coast of Florida. University of Miami Press, Coral Gables, Florida. 201 pp.
- Keys, descriptions, black-and-white photographs and illustrations for species of marine algae from north and south of Tampa Bay.
Littler, D. S. and Littler, M. M. 2000. Caribbean Reef Plants: an identification guide to the reef plants of the Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida, and Gulf of Mexico. OffShore Graphics Inc., Washington DC. 542 pp.
- an identification guide to approximately 565 marine algae and seagrasses of the Caribbean Region.
- The 542-page color text is richly illustrated with over 700 underwater photographs and 1,645 line drawings. More than 130 "ecological phenomena" are depicted.
Littler, D.S., M.M. Littler, K.E. Bucher, and J.N. Norris. 1989. Marine Plants of the Caribbean: A Field Guide from Florida to Brazil. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. 263 pp.
- Field guide to the common species, including a color photographic plate with each description.
Littler, D.S. and M.M. Littler. 1997. An illustrated marine flora of the Pelican Cays, Belize. Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 9:1-149.
- Black-and-white line drawings for each species.
- Comprehensive coverage, with keys.
Taylor, W.R. 1960. Marine Algae of the Eastern Tropical and Subtropical Coasts of the Americas. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. 870 pp.
- Well-illustrated, comprehensive coverage of the warm Atlantic and Caribbean.
Southeastern United States
Humm, H. J. 1979. The Marine Algae of Virginia. University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville. 263 pp.
- Keys, descriptions and illustrations for the flora covered.
Kapraun, D. F. 1980. An illustrated guide to the Benthic Marine Algae of Coastal North Carolina - I. Rhodophyta. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, N.C. 206 pp.
- Includes keys and species descriptions for the red algae found in North Carolina.
Schneider, C. W. and R.B. Searles. 1991. Seaweeds of the Southeastern United States: Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral. Duke University Press, Durham, N.C. 553 pp.
- Well illustrated, black-and-white drawings including keys.
Northeastern United States and Canada
Brunel, J. 1962. Le phytoplancton de la Baie des Chaleurs. Presses de l'Université de Montréal: Montréal. 365 pp.
- Keys and descriptions (in French) for the phytoplankton of Chaleurs Bay in southeastern Quebec. Accompanied by black-and-white photographs made using a light microscope.
Dodd, J.J. 1987. The Illustrated Flora of Illinois: Diatoms. Southern Illinois University: Carbondale. 477 pp.
- Keys, species descriptions, and black-and-white illustrations, with distribution maps (by county).
Prescott, G.W. 1962. Algae of the Western Great Lakes Area (rev. ed.) Wm. C. Brown, Co.: Dubuque, Iowa. 977 pp.
- Keys, descriptions, and black-and-white illustrations.
Sheath, R.G. and M.M. Harlin 1988. Freshwater and Marine Plants of Rhode Island. Kendall Hunt Publ. Company, Dubuque, Iowa. 149 pp.
- Notes, checklists, and black-and-white photographs.
Taylor, W.R. 1957. Marine Algae of the Northeastern Coast of North America, rev. ed. University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor. 509 pp.
- Illustrated, with descriptions of most species occuring in the area covered.
General Reference Material
Patrick R. and C.W. Reimer. 1966 (vol. 1) & 1975 (vol. 2, part 1). The Diatoms of the United States. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, Monographic Series, No. 13. 688 p. (vol. 1) and 213 pp. (vol. 2, part 1).
- Includes keys, species descriptions, and black-and-white illustrations.
Humm, H.J. and S.R. Wicks. 1980. Introduction and Guide to the Marine Bluegreen Algae. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (Wiley-Interscience): New Youk. 194 pp.
- Introduction to the group with keys, descriptions, and black-and-white illustrations. Species descriptions include synonyms found in other references.
Vinyard, W.C. 1979. Diatoms of North America. Mad River Press: Eureka, California. 120 pp.
- Including black-and-white illustrations.
New Publications of Interest
Littler, D. S. and Littler, M. M. 2003. South Pacific Reef Plants: A Divers' Guide to the Plant Life of South Pacific Coral Reefs. OffShore Graphics Inc., Washington DC. 331 pp.
- an identification guide to approximately 370 marine algae and seagrasses of the South Pacific Region.
- The 331-page color text is richly illustrated with over 440 underwater photographs. More than 70 "ecological phenomena" are depicted.
- Further information, including examples of page layouts, plates etc., available at: http://offshoregraphics.biz/.
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