APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland by David Fenwick.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Ipomoea pes-caprae - Railroad Vine or Beach Morning Glory (Sea Bean and Seed Images)
Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- seed lateral view 1

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- hilum 1

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- seed lateral view 2

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- hilum close-up 1

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- seed without hair 1

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- seed without hair 2

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- seed without hair 3

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- hilum close-up 2

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- hilum close-up 3

Railroad Vine
Ipomoea pes-caprae
- with 0.1mm division rule 1

Ipomoea pes-caprae, Railroad Vine or Beach Morning Glory is a non-native pantropical species of convolvulaceae, which has been reported as a driftseed in the UK and Ireland. The seed is made buoyant by its coating of fine hairs, which trap air bubbles, helping it float.

To show detail of the seed, especially that around the hilum, the fine hairs have been burnt off using a lighter.

The seed here was obtained by a merchant on Ebay, but I am reliably informeded that the seed originated from Brazil. The seed has been purchased for reference purposes, and in order to help identify this species when it is found. Some species of convolvulaceae are notoriously difficult to identify because there are so many tropical and pantropical species.

Ipomoea pes-caprae is also known as Bayhops or Goat's Foot.

APHOTOMARINE supports open source data recording and sharing for the benefit of wildlife, recorders, research, science and education. The project recommends the following websites and works with the following bodies and organisations.

Marine Biological Association MBA

The Marine Biological Association or MBA, based in Plymouth, is one of the world’s longest-running societies dedicated to promoting research into our oceans and the life they support. Since 1884 the MBA has been providing a unified, clear, independent voice on behalf of the marine biological community.It has a growing membership in over 40 countries.

NBN National Biodiversity Network

The National Biodiversity Network or NBN is a charity that supports open source data sharing and recording supporting conservation, science and education. "Why do recorders need open source?". Simply because it supports the core values of wildlife recording and the free use of records and data over a very wide network that includes partners like the Natural History Museum.

The taxonomy used here is based on that of the following database, which is also used by the MBA, NHM and the NBN.

World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS

The World Register of Marine Species or WoRMS.

Ipomoea pes-caprae Railroad Vine or Beach Morning Glory Convolvulaceae seed Sea Bean Images UK
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.