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AlgaTerra

An information system for micro algal biodiversity:
a synthesis of taxonomic, molecular and ecological information


AlgaTerra is a relational database, based on the Berlin Taxomic Information Model. AlgaTerra contains micro algal names, names relations, names concepts, types, pictures, videos, morphological information, taxonomical information, ecological information, and molecular information. AlgaTerra is available on the Internet at no charge. 

 

AlgaTerra was financed by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to build up an information infrastructure for phycological research in Germany. AlgaTerra  is maintained by the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum, Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin. 

 

The AlgaTerra mission is to provide referenced data for fundamental research, applied research, teaching, and the public. 

 

 

AlgaTerra Time Table

May 2010: AlgaTerra contributes to GBIF with a 3rd dataset, comprising observation data, specimen data, and images: GBIF

December 2009: AlgaTerra dataset finalized

March 2009: AlgaTerra contributes to the exibition: The universe under the microscope – biodiversity and aesthetics of diatoms (BGBM Berlin-Dahlem, 12 March to 1 June, 2009).

July 2007: 1000 of 6000 datasets in the Types Section illustrated

March 2006: 20000 Algal names in AlgaTerra

December 2005: The AlgaTerra Types section is available via GBIF

May 2005: AlgaTerra Movies is available via GBIF     Get AlgaTerra Movies Index

February 2005: improved AlgaTerra Database is on the Internet

November 2004: AlgaTerra is available via the Internet

October 2001: The AlgaTerra joint project starts

 


Selected algal names in AlgaTerra (out of about 23.500 algal names) 

[in brackets: date of publication]

Bacillariophyta

Poloniasira Kaczmarska & Ehrman in Nova Hedwigia Beih. 133: p. 220. 2008.
Types
Taxonomy

Diploneis infernalis Lange-Bert. & Krammer in Kusber & R.Jahn, Proc. 1st Central European Diatom Meeting, p. 111, fig. 2-5. 2007.
Types
Taxonomy

Eunotia glacialispinosa Lange-Bert. & Cantonati in Diatom Res. 25, p. 269. 2010.
Types
Taxonomy

Gomphonema parvulum var. neosaprophilum H.Kobayasi ex K.Osada in H.Kobayasi, Idei, Mayama, Nagumo & K.Osada: H. Kobayasi's Atlas of Japanese Diatoms based on electron microscopy 1, p. 11, pl. 129: fig. 1-12, pl. 130: fig. 13-18. 2006.
Types
Taxonomy

Kobayasiella tintinnus Buczkó, Wojtal & R.Jahn in Diatom Res. 24(1): p. 11, fig. 59-69, 84, 87, 90, 93. 2009.
Types
Taxonomy

Kobayasiella xikrinianaBurliga & Kociolek in Diatom Res. 25: p. 244. 2010.
Types
Taxonomy

Neidium palpebrumStachura, Kociolek & Siver in Diatom Res. 25: p. 386. 2010.
Types
Taxonomy

 

Achnanthes inflatagrandis [issued in 2005], Amphora charrua [issued in 2005], Amphora ohridana[issued before 05 February 2007], Aneumastus metzeltinii [issued before 05 February 2007], Attheya ussurensis [issued on 23 February 2006], Brandinia mosimanniae [issued May 2007], Caloneis kateri [issued in 2005], Caloneis meridionalis [issued before 05 February 2007], Cavinula protractolapidosa [issued in 2005], Ceratoneis signata [issued November 2005], Chaetoceros invisibilis [issued in 2006], Chaetoceros makarovae [issued in 2006], Chamaepinnularia cymatopleura [issued May 2006], Colliculoamphora reichardtiana [issued May 2006], Cosmioneis capitata [issued in 2005], Cyclotella alchichicana [issued May 2006], Cyclotella desikacharyi [issued on 23 February 2006], Cymatopleura acutiformis [issued before 05 February 2007], Cymbella charrua [issued in 2005], Cymbella ohridana [issued before 05 February 2007], Cymbella serdica [issued in 2006], Cymbopleura macedonica [issued before 05 February 2007], Delicata krammeri [issued in 2005], Diadesmis subtropica [issued in 2005], Diploneis atmosphaerica [issued on 22 December 2004], Discostella pseudostelligera [issued November 2004], Encyonema pseudocaespitosum [issued before 05 February 2007], Encyonopsis lange-bertalotii [issued in 2003], Epithemia hellenica  [preprint issued on 27 February 2006], Epithemia ohridana [issued before 05 February 2007], Eunotia acidobiontica [issued December 2004], Eunotia mucophila [issued in 2005], Fallacia meridionalis [issued in 2005], Geissleria hustedtii [issued in 2005], Geissleria ohridana [issued before 05 February 2007], Germainiella enigmaticoides [issued in 2005], Gomphoneis prespanensis [issued before 05 February 2007], Gomphonema balcanicum [issued before 05 February 2007], Gomphonema hustedtii [issued November 2005], Gyrosigma kazachstanicum [issued in 2006], Gyrosigma macedonicum [issued in 2006], Haloroundia speciosa [issued in July 2006], Hannaea superiorensis [issued November 2005], Hantzschia delicatula [issued in 2005], Hippodonta capitata ssp. iberoamericana [issued in 2005], Hyalosigma temniskovae-topalovae [issued in 2006], Karayevia obtusa [issued in 2004], Kobayasiella elongata [issued February 2007], Krsticiella ohridana [issued before 05 February 2007], Luticola higleri [issued in Febuary 2006], Luticola simplex [issued in 2005], Mastogloia corrugata [issued in July 2006], Mediopyxis helysia [issued in July 2006], Melosira arctica var. krembsii [issued in 2006], Navicula coccinella [issued in 2005], Navicula sancti-naumii [issued before 05 February 2007], Naviculadicta pauxilla [issued in December 2006], Navigiolum uruguayense [issued in 2005], Neidium acutum [issued before 05 February 2007], Nitzschia rochensis [issued in 2005], Odontella rhomboides [issued on 22 December 2004], Pinnularia bartii [issued in 2005], Pinnularia scardica [issued before 05 February 2007], Placoneis balcanica [issued in 2005], Placoneis signatoides [issued before 05 February 2007], Planothidium sopotense [issued in 2004],Platessa bavarica [issued in 2004], Pleurosira minor [issued in 2005], Pseudo-nitzschia roundii [issued in July 2006], Pseudopodosira echinus [issued in 2005], Pulchella minutissima [issued in December 2006], Rhoicosphenia macedonica [issued before 05 February 2007], Rhopalodia graeca  [preprint issued on 27 February 2006], Sellaphora rioplatensis [issued in 2005], Sellaphora subpupula [issued before 05 February 2007], Seminavis eulensteinii [issued May 2006], Stauroneis latistauros [issued in 2004], Staurosira acutirostrata [issued in 2005], Staurosira obtusa [issued June 2006], Surirella africani-orientalis [issued on 21 December 2005], Surirella chepurnovii [issued before 30 April 2007], Surirella likomensis [issued on 21 December 2005], Surirella promontorium [issued May 2006], Surirella tumida [issued on 21 December 2005], Synedra tortuosa [issued December 2004]

 

Chlorophyta


Chlamydomonas reinhardtii P.A.Dang. in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. ser. 7. 1888.
Source: Original data, published in Taxon 56/2 (2007).
Types
Taxonomy
 

Draparnaldia appalachiana R.L.Lowe & J.R.Johans. in Algol. Stud. 123: p. 36, fig. 2A. 2007.
Types
Taxonomy
 

Stichococcus jenerensis Neustrupa, M.Eliᚠ& Šejnohová in Nova Hedwigia 84(1-2): p. 61, fig. 2, 10-17. 2007.
Types
Taxonomy

Further green algae: Desmotetra delicata (Shin Watan.) Shin Watan.; Enallax acutiformis var. reticulatum; Hemiflagellochloris kazakhstanica; Oedogonium pseudocostatosporum; Pediastrum willei Comas, Pérez Baliero & González del Río; Sarcinochlamys stigmatica


Cyanophyta (Cyanobacteria, Cyanoprokaryota, Bluegreen Algae)

Phormidium ingrediens Backhaus in Carolinea 68: p. 23, fig. 21. 2010.
Types
Taxonomy

Further blue green algae:

Anabaena nygaardii; Anabaenopsis rippkae; Aphanizomenon capricorni; Aphanocapsa annulata; Asterocapsa belizensis; Aphanothece bacteriosa, Chlorogloea gardneri; Cuspidothrix elenkinii; Cylindrospermopsis helicoidea; Gloeocapsa planctonica; Gloeothece aggregata; Gloeothece lacustris; Lemmermanniella uliginosa; Macrospermum; Onkonema paludosum; Rhabdogloea yucatanensis


Rhodophyta (Red Algae)

Dasya boninensis Masuda, A.Kurihara & Kogame in Phycol. Res. 55(2): p. 116, fig. 8. 2007.
Types

Gloiocladia repens (C.Agardh) N.Sánchez & Rodr.-Prieto in Eur. J. Phycol. 42(2): p. 146. 2007.
Types
Taxonomy

Leptophytum jenneborgii Athanas. in Nordic J. Bot. 24(4): p. 472, fig. 2-32. 2007.
Types

Petrohua G.W.Saunders in Phycol. Res. 55(2): p. 111. 2007.
Types
Taxonomy

Further red algae:
Aneurianna dentata; Neogoniolithon racemosum; Pinnatiphycus menouana


Dinophyta

Bysmatrum teres
Cryptoperidinopsis brodyi
Karlodinium armiger
Peridinium brasiliense
Rhinodinium broomeense


Euglenophyta

Discoplastis spathirhyncha
Trachelomonas rotundospinosa


Prymnesiophyta

Hyalolithus neolepis
Solisphaera emidasia


Most recent type data in AlgaTerra

[in brackets: date of publication]

Auliscus radiatus [issued March 2008], Chlamydomonas reinhardtii [issued June 2007], Surirella malombae [issued before 30 April 2007], Achnanthes adnata [issued July 2006], Rattrayella palaeocenica [issued May 2006], Achnanthes brevipes [issued July 2006], Pseudauliscus peruvianus [issued July 2006], Urosolenia brevispinosa [issued May 2006], Hemichloris polyspora [issued on 03 April 2006], Monomorphina aenigmatica [issued on 09 February 2006], Eunotia pectinalis [issued on 17 January 2006], Fragilaria pectinalis [issued on  17 January 2006], Fragilaria capucina [issued on 17 January 2006], Ceratoneis closterium [issued November 2005], Gyrosigma fasciola [issued November 2005], Surirella brevicostata [issued 23 December 2005], Hannaea arcus [issued November 2005], Neidium affine [issued November 2005], Rhopalodia gibba [issued 22 December 2004],  Brebissonia lanceolata [issued 22 December 2004], Gomphonema acuminatum [issued 22 December 2004], Gomphonema augur [issued 22 December 2004], Hippodonta capitata [issued 22 December 2004], Petrodictyon gemma [issued 22 December 2004], Amblyophis viridis [issued 2003].

 

Standards used by AlgaTerra

Algal names: correctable errors are corrected according to the rules of the ICBN (Greuter & al. 2000) respectively McNeill & al. (2006).

Author names: TDWG standard (Authors are abbreviated according to Brummitt & Powell 1992 respectively the IPNI database. Author names, missing in these sources are abbreviated according to the standard and submitted to IPNI).

Books: TDWG standard (Books are abbreviated according to TL2, if possible).

Dates: no standard is used, where possible AlgaTerra uses the format: DD Month YYYY.

Geography: TDWG standard (types, ecological information, abstracts searchable via TDWG categories).

Journals: TDWG standard (Journals are abbreviated according to BPH).

Types section: in this section AlgaTerra includes original material, in some cases the term "iconotype" is mentioned if the icon of a preparation is meant, if "iconotype" has the meaning of "type, that is a icon" it is given as a holotype.

 

 


The most important data sources for the AlgaTerra Information System

Original data from journals, books, proceedings, and scientific research

Names of algal genera: NCU

Algal names: Index nominum algarum

Authors of algal names: IPNI-database

 

 


Publications, checked by AlgaTerra for micro algal names 
and/or types (the most recent only)

 

Journals and Series

Algological Studies (Algol. Stud.): 2007 (123), 2006 (122) [5 February 2007 in B]
Berichte der Bayerischen Botanischen Gesellschaft: 2006 (76)
Bibliotheca Diatomologica (Biblioth. Diatomol.): 2004 (51), 1997 (36)
Bibliotheca Phycologica: 1987 (76)
Botanica Marina: 2007 (50, 2)
Canadian Journal of Botany
: 2007 (85, 9); 2005 (83)
Cryptogamie Algologie: 2006 (27,3) [28 August 2006 in B]
Czech Phycology (Czech Phycol.): 2005 (5)
Diatom: 2004 (20), 2002, (18); 2001 (17); 2000 (16)
Diatom Research (Diatom Res.): 2007, (22,1); 2006 (21,1); 2005 (20)
Diatoms of Europe: 2003 (4); 2002 (3); 2001 (2); 2000 (1)
European Journal of Phycology (Eur. J. Phycol.): 2006 (42,2)
Feddes Repertorium: 2006 (117,3-4) [August 2006; 18 August 2006 in B]
Fottea: 2008 (8,1)
Iconographia Diatomologica (Iconogr. Diatomol.): 2010 (21); 2009 (20); 2005 (15); 2004 (13)
Journal of Phycology (J. Phycol.):   2006   (42,1; 42,3)
Nordic Journal of Botany:  2007 (24,4)
Nova Hedwigia: 2008 (86,1-2) [February 2008; 10 March 2008 in B], 2007, (84,3-4) [May 2007; 30 April 2007 in B]
Nova Hedwigia, Beih.: 2009 (135) [07 April 2009 in B],2008 (133), 2006 (130) [2006; 10 July 2006 in B]
Phycologia: 2008 (47, 6), 2006 (45,2; 45,4)
Phycological Research: 2007 (55,1); 2007 (55,2)
Protist: 2006  (157,2)
Plant Systematics and Evolution:  2006 (258,1-2)
Systematics and Geography of Plants: 2006 (76), 2007 (77)
Taxon: 2007 (56,2) 2006 (55,1-2)
Willdenowia: 2006 (36,1), 2005 (35, 2)

 

Books and parts of Books

Bahls, L.L. 2010: Northwest Diatoms 4.
Bukhtiyarova, L. 1999: Diatoms of Ukraine, inland waters [Diat. Ukraine].
Lange-Bertalot, H. 2000 - in: Süßwasserflora von Mitteleuropa: Bacillariophyceae 2 (3), 2. ed.
Lange-Bertalot, H. 2004 - in: Süßwasserflora von Mitteleuropa: Bacillariophyceae 2 (4), 2. ed.

FAQs

Does AlgaTerra focus on terrestrial algae only?

No, the main focus of AlgaTerra is on benthic and planctonic micro algae of limnic and brackish/marine habitats.

Why the algal pictures  are not available through Google?

AlgaTerra is a fully referenced database and no simple picture gallery; please go to the "Picture" section in AlgaTerra.

Does AlgaTerra have information on seaweeds?

No, please check AlgaeBase, they very are experienced with information on macro algae.

There is Index Nominum Algarum by Paul Silva on the Internet, covering 200.000 algal names and some types information, why AlgaTerra provides names, too?

AlgaTerra needs algal names as a backbone, the difference to all other existing algal databases is, that the AlgaTerra database is concept orientated to store factual information of different sources.

Why are some datasets in AlgaTerra different from those of other databases?

Because every database contains errors and/or different interpretations of original data. It is difficult and time consuming to find errors. Please let us know when you find them.

 

Acknowledgement

The AlgaTerra team gratefully acknowledges the following people and institutions:

Prof. Dr Dr Horst Lange-Bertalot (Germany) [Pictures]

Nélida Abarca (Berlin, Germany)
Ludmila Bukhtiyarova (Kiev, Ukraine)
Matthias Burba (Hamburg, Germany)
Dr Christine Cocquyt (Meise, Belgium)
Dr Rosemary Davies (Kew, U.K.) [co-operation in standardization of algal authors]
Gabriele Dröge (Berlin, Germany)
Friedel Hinz (Bremerhaven, Germany)
Kristin Hardge (Berlin, Germany) [observations, pictures]
Dr Mona Hoppenrath (Wilhelmshaven, Germany) [pictures]
Prof Dr Jeffrey R. Johansen (University Heights, Ohio)
Tanja Kapetanović (Berlin, Germany)
Dr Juliane Kasten (Berlin, Germany)
Dr Lothar Krienitz (Neuglobsow, Germany)
Dr Ute Mischke (Berlin, Germany)
Dr Margit Schönberger (Güstrow, Germany) [pictures]
Sabine Senger (Germany) [data entry: data]
Dr Oliver Skibbe (Berlin, Germany) [pictures]
Frithjof A.S. Sterrenburg (Heiloo, The Netherlands) [pictures, expertise]
Prof Dr Andrzej Witkowski (Szczecin, Poland)

Landesamt für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (LUNG)
Bayerisches Landesamt für Umwelt, München (LfU)

The following people helped us with comments and questions:
Dr. D. Backhaus (Germany)
Wolfgang Krüger (Flörsheim-Dalsheim, Germany).

 

 

The AlgaTerra Project has been funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF (grant 01 LC 0026, October 2001 - February 2005).

GBIF-D Botany and Protists is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF (grant 01 LI1001A).

 

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