A Coded List of Freshwater Algae of the British Isles

 

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Authors

The authors of 'The Coded List of Freshwater Algae of the British Isles' are:

Dr Brian A. Whitton, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, Durham DH1 3LE

Dr David M. John, Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD

Dr Leslie R. Johnson, Department of Botany, The Natural History Museum, London SW7 5BD

Mr Paul N. G. Boulton, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Durham, Durham DH1 3LE

Dr Martyn G. Kelly, Bowburn Consultancy, 11 Monteigne Drive, Bowburn, Durham DH6 5QB

Dr Elizabeth Y. Haworth, Freshwater Biological Association, Ferry House, Far Sawrey, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0LP

 

The Coded List was prepared for publication by:

Ms C. Isabella Tindall and Mr Roger V. Moore, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Wallingford, Oxon OX10 8BB

 

 

The authors gratefully acknowledge the many phycologists who helped to prepare this Coded List, including those contributing to the 'Freshwater Algal Flora of Britain and Ireland'.  They include:

Red algae by R. G. Sheath (University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1, Canada)

Euglenophytes by K. Wolowski (Instytut Botaniki, Polska Akademia Nauk, Lubicz 46, 31-512 Krakow, Poland)

Dinoflagellates by J. M. Lewis (School of Biological and Health Sciences, University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish St, London W1M 8JS)

and J. D. Dodge (c/o Department of Biology, Royal Holloway & Bedford New College, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey TW20 0EX)

Chrysophytes by J. Kristiansen (Department of Phycology, Botanical Institute, University of Copenhagen, ุster Farimagsgade 2 D, Copenhagen K, DK-1353, Denmark)

Diatoms by R. J. Flower (Environmental Change Research Centre, University College London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AP)

and K. J. Clarke, Decoy House, Browston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR31 9DP

Chlorococcales by P. M. Tsarenko (Department of Spore Plants, M.G.Kholodny Institute of Botany, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Tereshchenkivska Street 2, 252601 Kyiv-MSP-1, Ukraine)

Desmids by A. J. Brook (c/o University of Buckingham, Buckingham MK18 1EG)


 

Purpose

The purpose of this Coded List is to help those researchers wanting to collect and store information on freshwater and terrestrial algae in the British Isles, by providing a standard set of names and identifying codes. It includes the great majority of known records, though the authors are aware that several groups are not quite complete. It is hoped that the Coded List will stimulate many new surveys and that these will lead in turn to the recognition of many more taxa. Assembly of the Coded List is also an important step in the production of the 'Freshwater Algal Flora of Britain and Ireland', which was published in 2000.

The ‘Coded List of Freshwater Algae of the British Isles’ is based on, and much expanded from, the 1978 publication 'A Coded List of 1000 Freshwater Algae of the British Isles' (Whitton, Holmes & Sinclair) prepared for the then Water Data Unit of the Department of the Environment.


 

Format

Digital copy

The Coded List exists as a downloadable file which includes many diatom taxa found elsewhere in Europe, but not reported for the British Isles. These further diatom taxa have been taken from Krammer and Lange-Bertalot (1986 - 1991). The list makes clear whether or not they are species of the British Isles.

Truly marine blue-green algae are included in the Coded List, as floristic accounts of this group often combine freshwater and marine environments, and there are relatively few species in the British Isles restricted to the sea.

Click here to download the December 1999 version. It is a Microsoft Excel 97 spreadsheet.

Click here to download a zipped version of the same Microsoft Excel 97 spreadsheet.

Below is a table listing the column number, abbreviated column heading and the full name of all the possible categories used in the Coded List. 

 

Column Number

Column heading

Full name / meaning
     

1

NEWCODE

New 8-digit code

2

OLDCODE

Old (1978) 6-digit code

3

HAB

Habitat (applicable only to blue-green algae)

4

GENUS

Genus

5

SPECIES

Species

6

AUTHORITY

Authority

7

INFRATAXON

Infraspecific taxon

8

AUTHORITY INFRATAXON

Authority for infraspecific taxon

9

SYNONYM1

Synonym 1

10

AUTHORITY SYN1

Authority for synonym 1

11

INFRASPECIFIC TAXON SYN1

Infraspecific taxon of synonym 1

12

AUTH INFRATAXON SYN1

Authority for infraspecific taxon of synonym 1

13

SYNONYM2

Synonym 2

14

AUTHORITY SYN2

Authority for synonym 2

15

INFRASPECIFIC TAXON SYN2

Infraspecific taxon of synonym 2

16

AUTH INFRATAXON SYN2

Authority for infraspecific taxon of synonym 2

17

LITERATURE BRIT ISLES

Literature for records in British Isles

18

OTHER LITERATURE

Other relevant taxonomic literature

19

FINALISED BRITISH RECORD

Whether British record (diatoms only)

 


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