AlgaeBase offers a free database of information on algae species around the world. This project is part of the Species 2000 initiative, created to enumerate "all known species of plants, animals, fungi and microbes on Earth as the baseline dataset for studies of global biodiversity." User may search the database for literature citations and photographs for algae identified by genus, species, or common name. The photographs, mostly of Irish species, are well referenced and often quite beautiful. Currently the seaweed data are most complete, but additional data are frequently added. Both the Web site and the database are straightforward and easy to use.
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