“What is novel about the digital catalog is that images of dried specimens are coupled with images of their live counterparts and easily viewed through this online publication,” said Mandy Lindeberg, lead author, and NOAA Fisheries scientist. This type of information is usually never presented or made available.”
In assembling it, scientists had the rare opportunity to assess and catalog benthic marine algae from a remote and poorly studied coastline along the Alaska Peninsula. They were able to digitally catalog images of 298 collected specimens and 170 in situ photos of species in their natural habitats. The catalog also includes a detailed species list and a complete inventory of collected specimens.