IOC-UNESCO Taxonomic Reference List of Harmful Micro Algae
Original (non-English) name
Moestrup, Ø.; Akselmann-Cardella, R.; Fraga, S.; Hoppenrath, M.; Iwataki, M.; Komárek, J.; Larsen, J.; Lundholm, N.; Zingone, A. (Eds) (2009 onwards). IOC-UNESCO Taxonomic Reference List of Harmful Micro Algae. Accessed at http://www.marinespecies.org/hab on 2019-04-15
Problems pertaining to harmful microalgae are being worked on and discussed by many categories of researchers: ecologists, taxonomists, toxicologists, by persons involved in monitoring the environments for harmful effect of toxic algae, by politicians, journalists, etc. It is a source of confusion that the scientific ('Latin') names of the algae sometimes change when the organisms become available for more detailed studies due to improved methodology or after establishment of the organisms in pure cultures, and such changes may give rise to misunderstandings.
This site has the following aims:
to provide a catalogue of the world's toxic microalgal species
to promote stability in toxic microalgal nomenclature
to act as a tool for higher taxonomic revisions and regional monographs
to provide a base link for other online databases that use toxic microalgal nomenclature
The list contains at the moment species producing toxins or toxic effects, and a few species suspected to form toxins. It does not include species that cause harm due to biomass, mucus, morphology (spines etc), as these potentially represents a vast number of species. The names and data on all toxic species appear as WoRMS checked names (see www.marinespecies.org) whereas names of harmful species, which potentially can be any plankton species, are not necessarily checked but are always valid names.