Series: Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Studies in Biodiversity Volume: 4
By: Eugene V Coan(Author), Paul Valentich-Scott(Author)
1258 pages, 5000+ colour photos, 150 b/w illustrations
Bivalve Seashells of Tropical West America is the most comprehensive book ever written on tropical Pacific Ocean bivalves.
The culmination of a nine year study, it treats all bivalve mollusks living from northern Baja California, México to northern Perú. A total of 890 species are described and illustrated with over 5000 color photographs and detailed drawings. All habitats in the region are included from the intertidal splash zone to the abyssal depths of the ocean basins.
The book has over 5000 complete bibliographic references to the bivalves including citations on the biology, physiology, ecology, and taxonomy of this commercially and biologically important group. Character tables and dichotomous keys assist the reader in identification. Also included in the 1258 page book is an illustrated key to the superfamiles of the region, and a complete glossary.
"A magnificent, full-color revision of a rich tropical fauna. A book of lasting value not just for the region, but for anyone interested in marine bivalves. Sure to become a modern classic."
- Dr. David Jablonski, University of Chicago
"The color illustrations are superb and clearly depict morphological characters with taxonomic value. It will immediately become a crucial reference for biodiversity and ecological studies."
- Dr. Martha Reguero, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
"It is clearly written and exhaustive [...] definitively an essential reference book for every amateur and professional malacologist."
- Dr. Eduardo Rios, Universidad de Guadalajara, México
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