BIBLIOGRAPHIC CHECKLIST OF NON-MARINE ALGAE IN AUSTRALIA (BCNAA)
Published by Australian Biological Resources Study
GPO Box 636, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia
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This publication has been available for nearly a year
but a recent review indicated that there might be some
misunderstanding as to its content. The following points are made in the
introduction of the BCNAA.
# As the title suggests, the BCNAA is based entirely on literature
reports. We have scanned as much literature as possible
(including 'grey' reports, ecological studies and checklists).
Our aim was to collate all (or nearly all) literature records
so that taxonomists, ecologists or whatever would be able
to look through the reports of a particular taxon and
assess for themselves the validity or otherwise of the report.
We give distribution by State to help scientists locate names
relevant to their own region. Inevitably some references will
have been overlooked (and we apologized for this in advance).
# The BCNAA is NOT a census. The only synonymies we have included
are those taken from Australian references (and these only
for reasons of internal consistency). We have made no
other taxonomic or nomenclatural changes.
# It was well beyond the scope of our project to produce a census
or even a nomenclaturally current document. Whether articles are
refereed or not, many/most records of non-marine algae from
Australia are poorly documented and difficult to verify (e.g.
we estimate 50% of names reported in the Zygnemataceae can never
be verified). Thus a census based on literature reports from
Australia would be a meaningless document. The task of assessing
all records and reducing the literature to 'good' reports was too
big a task (and one that should not be done without the assistance
of experts in the various groups of algae).
# Clearly then, the BCNAA includes many misidentifications and
taxonomic or nomenclatural synonyms. We envisage the checklist
being used by taxonomists (e.g. for 'Algae of Australia' accounts)
as a way of finding all literature reports and all names used
in the Australian context. The taxonomist can then try to trace
voucher material or assess the report in the original literature.
# In summary, if a name appears in the BCNAA, that taxon has
been reported from Australia. There is no implication that
the alga actually lives here.
# A final trivial point. The illustrations were included by the
publisher as a way of breaking up the text. They serve no
identification purpose and the authors had to accept the advice
of the publisher on this one.
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