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:
|Red algae (Rhodophyta)||120,000||5,500|
|Brown algae (Phaeophyceae)||50,000||2,000|
|Marine green algae (Chlorophyta)||35,000||1,500|
|Freshwater and terrestrial green algae (Charophyta)||18,000||800|
|Cyanobacteria (Cyanophyta)||8,000||not estimated|
|Other groups (including euglenoids and xanthophytes)||1,000||10|