This landmark scientific reference for scientists, researchers, and students of marine biology tackles the monumental task of taking a complete biodiversity inventory of the Gulf of Mexico with full biotic and biogeographic information. Presenting a comprehensive summary of knowledge of Gulf biota through 2004, the book includes seventy-seven chapters, which list more than fifteen thousand species in thirty-eight phyla or divisions and were written by 138 authors from seventy-one institutions in fourteen countries. This first volume of "Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota", a multivolumed set edited by John W. Tunnell Jr., Darryl L. Felder, and Sylvia A. Earle, provides information on each species' habitat, biology, and geographic range, along with full references and a narrative introduction to the group, which opens each chapter.
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DARRYL L. FELDER is professor of biology and head of the laboratory for crustacean research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. DAVID K. CAMP, a former research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is now a consulting biologist and freelance science editor in Seminole, Florida. Both Felder and Camp are associates at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.