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Monograph of the Little Slit Shells (2-Volume Set)

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1291 pages, 5 plates with colour photos; 1042 b/w photos, b/w illustrations and b/w distribution maps;11 loose identification cards with b/w photos

Daniel L Geiger (Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History)

Hardback | Slipcase | Oct 2012 | #199686 | ISBN-13: 9780936494456
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NHBS Price: £125.00 $153/€140 approx

About this book

These two volumes are the culmination of 12 years of research and collecting to critically assess and document the world-wide biodiversity of the little slit shells or scissurellids. Some 9800 lots and 73,000 specimens were examined. The group comprises basal marine snails (Vetigastropoda), which are minute (0.54-11 mm), usually have a slit or foramen, and lack nacre.

Monograph of the Little Slit Shells treats all taxa ever described as scissurellids, Recent and fossil. All original illustrations are reproduced, comprehensive chresonymies are provided, multiple specimens per species are illustrated (usually in four views each by scanning electron micrographs); radula, external anatomy, and distribution maps are provided.

This landmark publication is the first world-wide monograph of any micromolluscan group (smaller than 5 mm), since the invention of the scanning electron microscope. Several new species are described. It is an indispensable reference for marine biodiversity professionals, such as museum curators and collection managers, marine ecologists, micropaleontologists, and advanced shell collectors. Libraries at marine field stations and in organismal biology departments will find these volumes a high quality addition to their holdings.

“I think you are setting a new standard for taxonomic monographs!”
- Prof. Dr. Carole S. Hickman, University of California, Berkeley.

“[...] I am already very impressed! [...]  I must say that the amount of information that you have managed to include is simply astonishing [...] The MS is incredibly impressive [...]”
- Prof. Dr. Emilio Garcia, University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

“I’ve only had a brief look, but your monograph is a tremendous accomplishment, and beautifully presented.”
- Colin Redfern, author Bahamian Seashells.

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