This site is intended for educational and research purposes only - specifically for undergraduates to help in identifying a variety of preserved plankton commonly found in southern California waters. Various plankton groups can be difficult to identify to the species level. I have therefore included what I regard to be the most reasonable taxonomic level. Most of the photographs were taken by me and are NOT professional quality. Some photos were taken from various internet sources. If you have any corrections to this page, please email me.