186 pages, colour & b/w photos, colour & b/w illustrations
The non-marine molluscs of India are a part of the molluscan fauna of India. There are 5070 species of molluscs living in the wild in India, of which 3371 are marine molluscs, and 1671 species are non-marine molluscs. This includes 1488 terrestrial species in 140 genera and 183 freshwater species in 53 genera. Identification of Marine and Freshwater Molluscs Shells gives details of some of these classes, including identification characteristics of families with figures, classification of each shell, including a figure or photo, identification of each shell, references, synonyms, etc.
Identification of Marine and Freshwater Molluscs Shells gives details of 44 families, 50 marine bivalves, 88 marine gastropods, 2 marine scaphopods, 4 freshwater bivalves, 23 freshwater gastropods, and 8 land shells. The details of commercial uses of molluscs in the field of food, medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, trade goods, tools, architecture, decorations and religion are given. Also included is a glossary of terms used for molluscs; an appendix listing edible molluscs of the gulf of kutch and the northern-western part of Saurashtra Gujarat, India; a list of freshwater molluscs; and a list of localities of molluscs at various centres of Saurashtra (Gujarat). This book is a guideline for shell collectors and students and researchers working on molluscs.
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