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Acetabularia calyculus
Collection and Preservation

 

Diver collecting algaeThe objective of taxonomic collections is to represent the natural population in size and form. Therefore, it is important to collect a representative sample of specimens (seasonally), being careful to collect the entire plant (including the holdfast) as well as representative plants from various habitats. Noting information about the habitat for the label may be as important as the specimen itself. The preservation of specimens must be prepared carefully so that important morphological characters are displayed as fully and completely as possible.

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