Common Marine Macro-algae of the Hawaiian Islands

This key was created to help assist the general public and marine biologists alike identify the most common marine macro-algae found around the Hawaiian archipelago. There are approximately 700 species of algae, or limu in the waters of the Hawaiian islands. This key assists in the identification of 26 taxa. Common native species and non-native invasive species are included.

This key was created by Shelley A. James, Christopher Puttock, and Isabella A. Abbott in association with the Herbarium Pacificum, Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai‘i. Version 1.0 was released in 2002; version 2.0 in 2004. HBS Contribution No.2002-029.

Funding was provided by National Sea Grant and the National Science Foundation.

Images were created by S.A. James unless otherwise noted. Assistance was provided by J. Fisher, A. Harbottle, and R. Estrella.

This identification key was created using LucID Professional Version 2.1 (trademark of the University of Queensland).