David Seamer's drawings of freshwater protozoans through the microscope. Detailed books of common pond microscopic organisms amoeba, ciliophora, flagellates, heliozoans, tardigrades, algae and more.

David Seamer Illustrated Guides

"An ordinary pond can be filled with a myriad of microscopic life just waiting to be discovered."

Illustrated Guides, Sample pages and reviews.

A Beginners Guide to Freshwater Microscopic Life

An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Protozoa

An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Free-living Peritrichs

Beginners Guide to the Freshwater Diatoms

An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Peritrich Cothurnia

Beginners Guide to the Desmids

An Illustrated Guide to Freshwater Ciliates from Australia - Not available
This book has been combined into An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Protozoa

An Illustrated Guide to Freshwater Flagellates - Not available
This book has been combined into An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Protozoa

An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Amoebae - Not available
This book has been combined into An Illustrated Guide to the Freshwater Protozoa

An Illustrated Guide Freshwater Ciliate Stentor
This guide not only gives details of the 19 recognised species but also gives information on other ciliates that may create confusion when trying to identifying Stentor.

Art and Freshwater Protozoa
Unlike previous guides, this book is not an identification guide but a collection of some
drawingsportraying the beauty and diversity of some of nature's tiniest creatures.

About David Seamer

Some of the many ponds where he collects his samples

The art of the Pencil by David Seamer
Published in the March 2017 issue of Micscape magazine. PDF file.

More on the Art of the Pencil by David Seamer
Also published in the March 2017 issue of Micscape magazine. PDF file.

Read a review of David Seamers books

Microscope and Drawing Paper
  • Hand-drawn by the author from live microscopic observations
  • Helpful taxonomic information
  • Detailed descriptions
  • Each organism has worldwide distribution
  • Identification guide for many genera
  • Books cover 100s of organisms
David Seamer at work


Reviews of David Seamer's books:

The book includes incredible artworks, precise descriptions and important details from the freshwater microorganisms, especially Amoeba, Ciliates and Flagellates, the format it’s so organized facilitating the identification. I highly recommend this book if you admire these amazing life forms. I would like to say once again thank you so much David.

El libro incluye increíbles ilustraciones, descripciones precisas y detalles importantes de los microorganismos de agua dulce, especialmente Amebas, Ciliados y Flagelados, el formato está muy organizado facilitando la identificación. Recomiendo mucho este libro si tú admiras a esas impresionantes formas de vida. Quisiera decir una vez más muchas gracias David.

Hernán Perales,

Brilliant hand drawn identification guides by A local artist and microscopist David Seamer. These should make identifying my micro finds a lot easier.
Mark Webb,


I purchased a full set of your guides and they arrived in good order and I was very pleased with them.  They are
much more impressive in hand rather than seeing pictures on Facebook.

Brian Gregory,
Massachusetts, USA

It feels like Christmas come early in my classroom as we received a package from Australia yesterday with a classroom set of David Seamer's books! My beginning microscopists will now have a world class set of guidebooks to study as they encounter algae, diatoms, protists and micro animals over the coming years.
For any of you who have not yet has the pleasure of seeing David’s work I cannot recommend them highly enough – as a decades long teacher of microscopy to young students, you cannot get any better! David, thank you for making the learning experience for my students even better!
John S Mead. USA

I saw a post about these books a while ago and decided to buy them. I really, really love them! I feel more confident to identify the microorganisms in my samples and I already started to learn about them. I think that you guys would love these books too so I decided to share this and maybe the next “me” will see this and buy them too and enjoy them as much!
Abrey Tessier,


David's books are really good -- I have several of them. I'm always amazed at his drawings; I don't think I have that sort of patience to sit and draw all those little guys.
Pat Thielen, Minnesota, USA.


I just got a chance to look through a couple of beginner guides to the microbe world (Diatoms and Desmids) by David Seamer. At first glance, these are wonderfully illustrated and described and will be so helpful. What a great contribution - depth of knowledge, diligence, skill, and patience by the author/artist! I would recommend these to other beginners, such as myself.

>David McCamey,
Ohio, USA.


Paul Rule,
Cambridge, UK.
Your books arrived this morning, and I have spent the last half hour leafing through them, and enjoying your wonderful illustrations. I have already made good use of it in identifying some ciliates I saw last week as Colpoa so I anticipate the books being very useful over the years.


My father in-law, who lives in the UK, has recently recommended your books to me. I am looking for a book to use with my children, we have a simple microscope and like to discover and sketch our local microbial aquatic life. Can you please let me know which book you recommended and the price including postage. We live in Adelaide.
Kind Regards,
Tara King

Beginners Guide to Freshwater Microscopic Life arrived earlier this week and it’s absolutely perfect and we are going to start using it this weekend.
Thank you,


Pat Thielen,

    I just would like you all to know that I now have all four of David's books and they are amazing. I recall back when I was in high school there was a book in the school library called "How to Know the Protozoa" which I had checked out pretty much for the entire year. Using it I was able to identify many of the protists I was observing in the pond samples I would bring home from various locations. Without it I would have been a bit lost, although I would have still made observations and drawn what I was seeing.

     When I got back into microscopy just a few years ago I found there were very few "field guides" to protozoa. I did find some, but they were all quite old -- Many had been in school library collections. And so, when I found David's books, I was very happy. Because I finally had a decent set of field guides with which to observe and identify exactly what it was I was looking at. The drawings are beautiful and the descriptions are a great jumping off point for further research. The books are aimed at everyday people, and so they are understandable and concise. If I need more information on something I've discovered I can find what I need through other sources. For me, this is a very good thing because the books aren't bogged down with too much description -- They are simply excellent field guides to protozoa. And I must thank David for putting them together and making all this information available.

     So, if you're looking for a set of very good books with which to help you identify what it is you're looking at I would highly recommend David's books. While his observations are from locations in Australia most of the animals he describes can also be found in the near frozen waters of far flung places like... Minnesota. These guys really get around!

     Thanks David -- I'm very happy to have your four books!


Wim van Egmond,

There are not many good books about identifying microscopic organisms. But David Seamer illustrates, writes and publishes them himself. His drawings are excellent. It is about time publishers discover his work but you can order them via his webpage. davidseamer.com I think every microscopist should collect his books. They are excellent guides to the most interesting subjects for people who are into nature: Amoebas, ciliates, and flagellates. Also available in a combined book, illustrated guide to the protozoa.

There is also a beginners guide that is very useful when you are a new to the subject. If you don't have a microscope, these books are a reason to buy one. And if you are not interested in looking through a microscope, the guides make excellent colouring books!


David Hopkins,
Chittaway Bay, NSW.

I have just received David Seamer’s books in today's post. They are great. Thank you very much, David.


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