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A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses

Paperback
April 2014
9781486300150
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    28th April 2014
  • ISBN 9781486300150
  • Language English
  • Pages 112 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.25"
  • Images 4-color photos & illus throughout
$29.95

A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses describes the exceptionally diverse seagrasses in the temperate parts of the southern hemisphere. The book introduces readers to the evolution, biology and ecology of the southern temperate seagrasses and presents a visual key to allow species identification using easily recognizable features. Detailed information is presented summarizing the distinctive features of each species or "complex", with brief notes about their taxonomy, reproduction and ecology.

With information provided in a highly concise format, the book allows readers to rapidly identify a particular seagrass as well as other species that it may easily be confused with, confirm that the species occurs in a certain area, and access general information on the biology and ecology of the species. It is a valuable resource for students, researchers, environmental consultants and both Government and non-Government agencies.

Features:
* Synthesizes complex information into a visually appealing and easy-to-use guide
* Allows readers to rapidly identify a seagrass and alert them to other species that it may easily be confused with
* Information is concise, with one page per species and a set of standardized icons

Foreword
Preface
What is a seagrass?
Taxonomy
Habitats
Ecology
Fauna
Human interactions
Reproduction
Evolution
Bioregions
Currents
A unique flora

Using this guide
Key
Species list

Family Cymodoceaceae
Amphibolis antarctica
Amphibolis griffithii
Cymodocea angustata
Cymodocea serrulata
Halodule uninervis
Syringodium isoetifolium
Thalassodendron ciliatum
Thalassodendron pachyrhizum

Family Posidoniaceae
Posidonia angustifolia
Posidonia australis
Posidonia ostenfeldii ‘complex’
Posidonia sinuosa

Family Ruppiaceae
Ruppia
Ruppia species

Family Hydrocharitaceae
Halophila australis
Halophila decipiens
Halophila ovalis ‘complex’
Halophila spinulosa

Family Zosteraceae
Zostera capensis
Zostera muelleri
Zostera tasmanica ‘complex’

Family Potamogetonaceae
Lepilaena

Bibliography
Pictorial glossary
Glossary
Contributors

Michelle Waycott

Michelle Waycott is Professor of Plant Systematics at The University of Adelaide and acts as Chief Botanist for the State Herbarium of South Australia. Michelle has worked around the world to study the evolutionary ecology of seagrasses has published extensively on diverse seagrass related topics.

Kathryn McMahon

Kathryn McMahon is a Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University. She has worked in government and universities for the last 18 years, focusing on the ecosystem health, ecology and biology of seagrasses and has numerous publications in this area.

Paul Lavery

Paul Lavery is Director of the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research at Edith Cowan University. He has published extensively on marine ecology, with a focus on seagrasses and other marine macrophytes, and has applied much of his research in seagrass monitoring programs.