Algal collection statistics

Providing accurate figures for the number of specimens held in the collections is a surprisingly difficult task due to the volume of material.

Current estimates are given here, but these will change as more of the collection is added to the database. 

Specimen numbers for the different algal groups in the herbarium:


 SpecimensType specimens
Red algae (Rhodophyta)120,0005,500
Brown algae (Phaeophyceae)50,0002,000
Marine green algae (Chlorophyta)35,0001,500
Freshwater and terrestrial green algae (Charophyta)18,000800
Cyanobacteria (Cyanophyta)8,000not estimated
Other groups (including euglenoids and xanthophytes)1,00010