A common set of names is important for maximizing taxonomic
consistency among analysts and comparability among datasets.
Academy phycologists and collaborators, with support from
the USGS, US EPA, and several state agencies, have developed
and maintained a set of taxa names for use in agency sponsored
projects and elsewhere. The current set of names (2011) has evolved
from initial sets over the past 15-20 years. Many phycologists
at several institutions have contributed to expanding and
updating this set of names. Much of this work was supported by the
USGS and documented in USGS NAWQA Workshop reports.
The first set of names, or “taxonomic systems”, was developed in 1994. Names have been updated about every 3 years, typically as part of USGS NAWQA Taxonomic workshops.
Recent sets of names are provided and described below. More...
The sets of names prior to 2011 were last updated on June
1, 2011. Previous versions can
here. The ANSP/NAWQA/EPA 2011 names are generated
dynamically from the Phycology Section database.
Importing taxa information into Excel (Windows):
After downloading a .csv file, right-click on the file and select
"Open with..." and choose NotePad to open the file.
In NotePad, select the menus File...Save As, and a popup window will
appear. In the popup, select a file encoding of UTF-8 and then save the file. Double-click to open the newly saved
.csv file in Excel to verify that the third column correctly displays
foreign characters. A good test case for soft algae is
Actinastrum hantzschii var. subtile Wołoszyńska.