Database and information system on algae worldwide

Teaching resources for students and professors dealing with the knowledge of the many life forms on Earth (animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria). Access to articles and documents of Biodiversity Heritage Library. 

An on-line microscopy journal with very useful information and advices about equipment, illumination systems, microphotography and related items. For amateur  and more advanced microscopists. Very interesting images and suggerences and advices to obtain it optimizing the use of the microscope.

Information system about microalgae and related organisms from Baltic Sea and Eastern Atlantic.  Information is submitted by the users and it is supported by the Swedish Meteorological & Hydrological Institute (SMHI).

The PLANKTON*NET data provider at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research  is an open access repository for plankton-related information. It covers all types of phytoplankton and zooplankton from marine and freshwater areas. Offer taxonomic information, images and descriptions and also contains a glossary with accompanying images to illustrate the term definitions.

Introductory guide to phytoplankton identification supported by Luoisiana…..(LUMCON). Educational level. An interesting  system for identification through shape, suitable for beginners in species identification.


An excellent field and laboratory guide to phytoplankton species of Long Island sound for High School level students. Good quality images and descriptions suitable for lab classrooms

An excellent and complete encyclopedia on line about British Columbia phytoplankton diversity. High-quality microphotographies and a very useful  species database with descriptions and images of most common species of the area.

Marine species identification portal.

Web-site about marine biodiversity at global level supported by EU. The “Protists” pages offer a great deal of good- quality images and information about marine plankton organisms.

Self- defined as an information retrieval systems to crustaceans of the world. The Key to Calanoid copepod families  created by Dr. Bradford- Grieve is a very interesting tool for introducing in the identification to the group.

An online magazine with an associated blog about microscopy in all its aspects directed to all kind of users from amateur to professional ones. A lot of very useful technical advices and tools for lovers of this scientific field.

Supported by Observatoire Oceanologique de Villefranche-sur mer (CNRS) (France, Western Mediterranean) is the website of a Research Project concerning to the protests living in water column, dealing with its morphology, Genetics, Physiology and ecological role. It offers a powerful database and information system about marine plankton, including an extensive image gallery and open access to classic bibliographic references for immediate downloading.

Online portal focused to marine biodiversity of the world oceans. Include OBIS (Ocean Biogeography Information System) about geographic distribution of marine species at global scale 
An unvaluable database and information system about world copepod fauna. Supported by the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls
Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI) - CNRS/INSU (France, Western Mediterranean). Actually  it comprises 337 genera, and 2597 studied species with geographic distribution.  Each species file includes taxonomic classification with references, iconography and data about its geographic distribution at global level and an exhaustive bibliography. Essential for anyone interested in the group.

An extensive on-line information system about fishes of the world. For plankton studies it is important the,  focused on larvae and early fish stages (ictyoplankton).

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