• Use this template for formatting your species blog entry, by copying (from the Edit Page after logging in) and pasting this text into a new page that uses the Genus+species binomial as the page title.
  • Please pay close attention to formatting and layout so that a reader can expect to find essential information for each species on all pages.
  • All content should be reviewed for technical accuracy, English grammar and flow by the authors, as well as someone that has not authored the page.
  • The page should be designated as a child to one of the three parent pages (Red Algae, Green Algae or Brown Algae) through the “page Attributes” box in the right frame.


Genus species (authority) authority. Insert link to AlgaeBase species and/or genus page as relevant by highlighting genus + species, clicking on the chain link icon and pasting in the algaebase link. As a matter of practice you should check that the species record in Algaebase is in agreement with that in Index Nominum Algarum. Where discrepancies are identified, you are encouraged to communicate the discrepancy using the feedback link on Algaebase.

Type locality, etymology & common name (if one exists).

1. Taxonomy (reveal nested hierarchy, without reference to taxonomic authorities. E.g., Ulvophyceae: Ulvales: Ulvellaceae).

2. Identification. Provide a brief characterization of macro- or microscopic features that facilitate identification to the species level. Highlighted features should be documented with photographs or line drawings of in situ specimens, scans of herbarium material, and photomicrographs/line drawings of diagnostic features. Images or links to other closely related species can be used for comparisons that help to elucidate the identification of the species. Technical terms should be highlighted and linked to the Algaebase glossary or another reliable source. All information must be cited according to the style guidelines of the journal Phycological Research. Please only use your own, original photographs. Do not re-post published images (you can link to them if necessary). The content of this section should be written such that it can easily be interpreted by non-phycologists.

3. Distribution. Provide an overview of the environmental and geographic distribution. Regional distribution should be investigated from specimens deposited in the FHL herbarium, paying particular attention to the possibility that historical taxonomy may differ from contemporary taxonomy.

Temporal distribution (based on herbarium records, what appears to the date of first collection. (searching UBC, WTU)

4. Vouchers. Provide a detailed list of vouchered specimens that were prepared in the development of this page.

5. Research Notes. This section is reserved for the treatment of a research topic of interest to you and which highlights outstanding questions about the biology, ecology, evolution, classification, natural products chemistry, applied uses, etc. of the species documented.  The content in this section should be written in technical language and style that is consistent with that of the phycological primary literature. All information must be cited according to the style guidelines of the journal Phycological Research.

6. Literature Cited. Provide a list of all literature cited in your entry using the style guidelines of the journal Phycological Research.

7. Links to additional resources. Links should generally be to technical references (i.e., primary literature) that you did not cite, but which might be useful to an interested reader. This could include, for example, a link to search result for images in Algaebase, a nucleotide search in Genbank/EMBL, or search result for a culture in a recognized culture collection (e.g., NCMA, UTEX, SAG, CCAP).

8. Page Authors & Affiliations. Provide author names and affiliations. Insert links to individual and/or institutional/departmental websites.


Preparation Notes:

  • Every image must have a caption, and all images must be referenced in your post.
  • Every image must have a reference to scale.
  • You may not re-post any media files (e.g., images, videos) for which you are not the primary author. Where relevant, you can and should link the content of your post to external sources of information.
  • Ensure that all images are clear and appropriately sized.
  • Do not use duplicate photographs just to show “another example of feature x” unless that example exhibits some variation not present in another image (in which case the image is not a duplicate).

Grading Policies

  • All students must be the primary author on three pages, on which grades will be based. Each page represents 10% of your course grade.
  • All pages must undergo critical review prior to submitting rough and/or final drafts for formal evaluation. At a minimum, this should include self-review (ensuring that all of the criteria outlined above have been met), but only after the rough draft has matured for at least 24 hours.
  • After self-editing, your draft should be peer-edited, allowing sufficient time to reconcile the recommendations of your editor(s) before submitting the draft or final copies. Remember, Writing is re-writing; plan accordingly.
  • You are encouraged to work collaboratively by sharing (image) data and/or ideas, and by providing critical review of draft pages. The primary author is responsible for proper attribution of data where relevant. (e.g., photocredits).
  • A complete (self- and peer-edited) draft of at least one species page is due by 1 July in MS Word format.
  • Final drafts will be evaluated as posts to this website. All posts are due by 15 July.


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