Diatoms: Biology and Morphology of the Genera

Diatoms: Biology and Morphology of the Genera
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Illustrated descriptions of over 250 genera of diatoms are presented for the first time in this wide-ranging volume. The introduction describes the diatom cell in detail, the structure of the wall (often extremely beautiful designs), the cell contents and aspects of life cycle and cell division. The generic atlas section is the first account of diatom systematics since 1928, and each generic description is accompanied by scanning electron micrographs to show the characteristic structure.

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The Classic Review of Diatom Genera


The classic work "Diatoms: Biology and Morphology of the Genera" by Round, Crawford and Mann has been usually beyond the means of the average diatom hobbyist. At over $300 for the hardbound edition (which also had a rather bad binding) this monumental tome was usually wanted, but might strain the budget of even professionals or students working in the field. Now the publisher, Cambridge University Press, has come out with a softbound version that is within the reach of most microscope hobbyists, as well as those who study algae professionally. And what a magnificent volume it is, with hundreds of black and white light and scanning electron microscope photographs and detailed discussions of all the known diatom genera. The introduction is thorough and the book is in short a great reference for the study of these fascinating life forms. The authors do make one (probably necessary) compromise with quality in that they do not provide metric scales with their photographs. They offer a justification for this and indeed it would have been time-consuming to place scales on all the photos. However, these scales are useful, if perhaps less so with genera than species, to at least give the reader an idea of the size involved. The average reader might say "who cares about microscopic algae"?, but they would be overlooking the very great contribution diatoms and other "algae" make to the earth's primary production and oxygen supply. Also, the diatom's opaline skeletons (which are mostly shown in this book) are quite beautiful, as are the living organisms. If you have any interest in the tiny things that make life on earth possible, this book will open your eyes to their complexity and beauty. If you should own a microscope, there are worse things you could do with it (such as leave it in storage!) than to spend some time examining these wonderful organisms.



This book has thousands of great and very detailed Electron microscope photos and the information is easy to understand and follow as well as connect with the pictures. Expertly written and presented information.

excelente recopilación


Excelente monografía sobre la morfología, modo de vida y clasificación de las diatomeas, con numerosas imágenes en blanco y negro, realizadas a través del microscopio óptico y de microscopio electrónico de barrido-

Best book on diatom morphology.


Still recognized as the foremost authority in diatom morphology complete with SEM pictures and descriptions fit for serious researches or any aspiring diatomist.



Muy buen libro. Es un atlas bastante completa en el tema. Es un buen libro introductorio al tema de las diatomeas.

Three Stars


The book could use some clarity and color, but for the price it is worth it.

low quality photos


Photos are of very low quality, like an old newspaper. Very disappointed.

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Book Summary: The title of this book is Diatoms and it was written by F. E. Round, R. M. Crawford, D. G. Mann. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. This books publish date is Dec 10, 2007 and it has a suggested retail price of $124.99. It was published by Cambridge University Press and has a total of 760 pages in the book. The 10 digit ISBN is 0521714699 and the 13 digit ISBN is 9780521714693. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here.