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Good photo reference with some keying ability
on April 9, 2011
This book contains photos and descriptions of the macroalgae found on the Pacific Coast. The photos are usually of high quality, but some are not good representatives of the species. The descriptions are helpful for identification, but will not provide you with a conclusive answer in the same way that a more complicated dichotomous key would. Thus, the book is useful both for getting some idea of what algae you find, and for helping to confirm accuracy of photo-less dichotomous keys. It is especially useful for beginners, although those experienced in algae will be able to recognize most of the species without it since there are few species on the Pacific Coast.
There is a very rudimentary key near the beginning of the book which can help point you in the right direction. This helps prevent thumbing through the entire book looking for a photo that is similar to algae that you have found.
Overall a good algae identification companion book.