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Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses

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A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses

Michelle Waycott   State Herbarium of South Australia
Kathryn McMahon   Edith Cowan University
Paul Lavery   Edith Cowan University

Photographs, Line Art
112 pages, 210 x 148 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Small Paperback - 2014
ISBN: 9781486300150 - AU $ 29.95
Price includes standard postage within Australia and New Zealand.

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A Guide to Southern Temperate Seagrasses describes the exceptionally diverse seagrasses in the temperate parts of the southern hemisphere. This book introduces readers to the evolution, biology and ecology of the southern temperate seagrasses and presents a visual key to allow species identification using easily recognisable features. Detailed information is presented summarising the distinctive features of each species or 'complex', with brief notes about their taxonomy, reproduction and ecology.

With information provided in a highly concise format, this book allows readers to rapidly identify a particular seagrass, as well as other species that it may easily be confused with, confirm that the species occurs in a certain area, and access general information on the biology and ecology of the species. It is a valuable resource for students, researchers, environmental consultants and both government and non-government agencies.


  • Synthesises complex information into a visually appealing and easy to use guide
  • Allows readers to rapidly identify a seagrass and alert them to other species that it may easily be confused with
  • Information is concise, with one page per species and a set of standardised icons.

What is a seagrass?
Human interactions
A unique flora

Using this guide
Species list

Family Cymodoceaceae
Amphibolis antarctica
Amphibolis griffithii
Cymodocea angustata
Cymodocea serrulata
Halodule uninervis
Syringodium isoetifolium
Thalassodendron ciliatum
Thalassodendron pachyrhizum

Family Posidoniaceae
Posidonia angustifolia
Posidonia australis
Posidonia ostenfeldii ‘complex’
Posidonia sinuosa

Family Ruppiaceae
Ruppia species

Family Hydrocharitaceae
Halophila australis
Halophila decipiens
Halophila ovalis ‘complex’
Halophila spinulosa

Family Zosteraceae
Zostera capensis
Zostera muelleri
Zostera tasmanica ‘complex’

Family Potamogetonaceae

Pictorial glossary


  • Research scientists
  • Students and teachers of biology and environmental sciences
  • Environmental consultants
  • Environmental monitoring agencies
  • Amateur naturalists

 "Beautiful, simple, practical. this book is an essential addition to anyone working on anything to do with temperate seagrasses, and will be a welcome addition to the eld kits of students studying aquatic biology. This is one of the best identification books for any set of species I’ve seen and it’s a credit to the authors."
Dr Jacqui Pocklington, Australian Marine Sciences Association, pp.37-38

"This guide will be an excellent companion to everybody exploring the shores of the temperate Southern Hemisphere and in addition will be very valuable to all persons with interest in marine plants."
Jorg Ott, Marine Ecology, 2014

"For all species groups, excellent illustrations demonstrate the diversity of plant forms. Even the least studied and less ornate groups are captured in glorious underwater imagery."
Margot Hessing-Lewis, Marine Biology Research, 2014


 Michelle Waycott is Professor of Plant Systematics at The University of Adelaide and Chief Botanist for the State Herbarium of South Australia. She has worked around the world to study the evolutionary ecology of seagrasses has published extensively on diverse seagrass related topics.

Kathryn McMahon is a Research Fellow at Edith Cowan University. She has worked in government and universities for the last 18 years, focusing on the ecosystem health, ecology and biology of seagrasses and has numerous publications in this area.

Paul Lavery is Director of the Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research at Edith Cowan University. He has published extensively on marine ecology, with a focus on seagrasses and other marine macrophytes, and has applied much of his research in seagrass monitoring programmes.


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