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Marine algae are known as seaweed and vary in biological complexity, ranging from tiny single-celled to multi-celled complex organisms.  Kelp are simply large seaweeds belonging to the brown algae. The data set includes species distribution information and illustrations/images for 10 genera of abundant African seaweeds. 

 

  • Name:  Distribution of 10 genera of algae, including kelp, in coastal Africa. The genera were chosen on the basis of economic importance and/or abundance at country level.
  • Source: SeaweedAfrica of AlgaeBase 
  • Original Publisher: AlgaeBase
  • Citation: Individual genus distributions and image citations are provided below.   For all images, copyright owners' rights must be observed and permission for use obtained from AlgaeBase unless images are to be used for non-profit teaching and research.   For all other purposes a charge per photo exists. 
  • Processing notes: Algae distribution data were extracted from SeaweedAfrica and digitised to country polygons.  A representative image of each genera was chosen from AlgaeBase.
  Illustration Distribution
  • Genera: Caulerpa
  • Type of algae: green
  • Image citation: Copyright Anderson, R.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Caulerpa. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Caulerpa (Rob_Anderson).jpg (26481 bytes) small_caulerpa.jpg (8209 bytes)
  • Genera: Sargassum
  • Type of algae: brown
  • Image citation: Copyright Guiry, M. D.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Sargassum. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Sargassum (MD_Guiry).jpg (6633 bytes) small_sargassum.jpg (8390 bytes)
  • Genera: Porphyra
  • Type of algae: red
  • Image citation: Copyright Guiry, M. D.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Porphyra. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Porphyra (MD_Guiry).jpg (6552 bytes) small_porphyra.jpg (7400 bytes)
  • Genera: Gelidium
  • Type of algae: red
  • Image citation: Copyright Schils, T.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Gelidium. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Gelidium (Shils_T).jpg (8263 bytes) small_gelidium.jpg (8503 bytes)
  • Genera: Galaxaura
  • Type of algae: red
  • Image citation: Copyright Schils, T.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Galaxaura. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Galaxaura (Schils_T).jpg (8467 bytes) small_galaxaura.jpg (7825 bytes)
  • Genera: Enteromorpha
  • Type of algae: green
  • Image citation: Copyright Wirtz, P.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Enteromorpha. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Enteromorpha (Wirtz_P).jpg (20124 bytes)

small_enteromorpha.jpg (8219 bytes)
  • Genera: Ulva
  • Type of algae: green
  • Image citation: Copyright Anderson, R.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Ulva. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Ulva (R_Anderson).jpg (31469 bytes)

small_ulva.jpg (8401 bytes)
  • Genera: Fucus
  • Type of algae: brown
  • Image citation: Copyright Guiry, M. D.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Fucus. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Fucus (MD_Guiry).jpg (16218 bytes)

small_fucus.jpg (6684 bytes)
  • Genera: Macrocystis
  • Type of algae: brown (kelp)
  • Image citation: Copyright Guiry, M. D.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Macrocystis. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Macrocystis (MD_Guiry).jpg (6427 bytes)

small_macrocysti.jpg (6684 bytes)
  • Genera: Laminaria
  • Type of algae: brown (kelp)
  • Image citation: Copyright Guiry, M. D.  From: AlgaeBase (last visited 09/02/2007).
  • Distribution citation: Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2006. Laminaria. AlgaeBase version 4.2. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway. http://www.algaebase.org; searched on 15 November 2006.
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Laminaria (MD_Guiry).jpg (5067 bytes) small_lamineria.jpg (6707 bytes)