World Atlas of Seagrasses

downloadby Edmund P. Green and Frederick T. Short

Shelfmark:  PL/400/003

We have world atlases for many taxa in the Leventis Library. Interest in marine habitats is growing in the conservation world. This atlas from 2003 gives you an overview of the world of seagrasses, as well as species distributions from just over 10 years ago. Where were we then and how far have we come now?


Seagrasses, a group of about sixty species of underwater marine flowering plants, grow in the shallow marine and estuary environments of all the world’s continents except Antarctica. The primary food of animals such as manatees, dugongs, and green sea turtles, and critical habitat for thousands of other animal and plant species, seagrasses are also considered one of the most important shallow-marine ecosystems for humans, since they play an important role in fishery production. Though they are highly valuable ecologically and economically, many seagrass habitats around the world have been completely destroyed or are now in rapid decline. The World Atlas of Seagrasses is the first authoritative and comprehensive global synthesis of the distribution and status of this critical marine habitat.

Illustrated throughout with color maps, photographs, tables, and more, and written by an international team of collaborators, this unique volume covers seagrass
ecology, scientific studies to date, current status, changing distributions, threatened areas, and conservation and management efforts for twenty-four regions of
the world. As human populations expand and continue to live disproportionately in coastal areas, bringing new threats to seagrass habitat, a comprehensive overview of coastal resources and critical habitats is more important than ever. The World Atlas of Seagrasses will stimulate new research, conservation, and management efforts, and will help better focus priorities at the international level for these vitally important coastal ecosystems.


Introduction to the World Atlas of Seagrasses
Key to maps and mapping methods
Global overview
Regional chapters
  1. Scandinavia and the Baltic Sea
  2. Western Europe
  3. The western Mediterranean
  4. The Black, Azov, Caspian and Aral Seas
  5. The eastern Mediterranean and the Red Sea
  6. The Arabian Gulf and Arabian region
  7. Kenya and Tanzania
  8. Mozambique and southeastern Africa
  9. India
  10. Western Australia
  11. Eastern Australia
  12. New Zealand
  13. Thailand
  14. Malaysia
  15. The western Pacific islands
  16. Indonesia
  17. Japan
  18. The Republic of Korea
  19. The Pacific coast of North America
  20. The western North Atlantic
  21. The mid-Atlantic coast of the United States
  22. The Gulf of Mexico
  23. The Caribbean
  24. South America: Brazil, Argentina and Chile

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