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This voluminous publication aims to satisfy a great need of those phycologists who do research on the fresh-water Rhodophycophyta for a compendium which provides quick and easy access to the scientific names associated with this group of little known plants.While relatively small numerically, the Rhodophycophyta may be, in themselves, of little significance, it may be of interest to the reader to note that there are approximately 4000 known species of the Rhodophycophyta and that these are distributed into some 600 genera. The vast majority, by far, are inhabitants of the marine environment. Of this number, however, about 62 genera with an estimated 600 species are found in non-marine habitats. It is on this small group of genera that this contribution is focused.
The author intends to accomplish at least five desirable goals. The first of these is a simple alphabetical listing, the ‘quick list’, of the taxonomic of Rhodophycophyta to accommodate the taxa that will give to the user a bird’s-eye view of what may be available herein. The second goal is an alphabetical listing to the complete nomenclatural and taxonomic citations of the included taxa which includes taxonomic name, author, date of publication, journal or book reference.
A third goal is to provide a comprehensive bibliography for each of the numerous papers cited in the nomenclatural and taxonomic index.
The fourth major objective was to provide to the user an alphabetical index to taxonomic names, enabling the reader to trace the fate of a given epithet, mostly species, varietas and formae through their tortuous journey, for some, which they may have undergone since their initial publication.
The fifth and last objective is to review the 62 currently recognized genera of this freshwater group (pp 351-914) to help place these into their respective, contemporary status.