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Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas: Their Ecology and Biodiversity

Provides an up-to-date list of the macromollusks of the Florida Keys area, including more than 1200 species in 86 families of gastropods and 54 families of bivalves
Presents the first ecological classification scheme for the molluscan assemblages of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, Ten Thousand Islands, and the Dry Tortugas, using the CMECS ecological standard (which has also been adopted by NOAA, the EPA, and the US Geological Survey)
Includes color illustrations of over 500 species of the most ecologically-important gastropods and bivalves, including endemic taxa and many rare and seldom-seen species that have not been illustrated in other publications
Illustrates every major marine habitat, from the intertidal areas to the deep reefs (many illustrated for the first time), along with color photographs of living mollusks in their habitats
Describes eight newly discovered and ecologically important endemic mollusks, including seven new gastropods and one new bivalve

By: Edward J Petuch (Author), Robert F Myers (Author)

248 pages, colour illustrations

CRC Press

Hardback | Nov 2014 | #213999 | ISBN-13: 9781482249187
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About this book

Taking a novel community-driven approach, Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas represents the first comprehensive overview of the ecology and biodiversity of the Phylum Mollusca in the area of southern Florida commonly known as the Florida Keys and those areas that surround it. The 20 marine ecosystems and their associated molluscan assemblages are arranged by the CMECS (Coastal Marine Ecological Classification Standard) system, emphasizing the hierarchical relationships determined by substrate type, bathymetry, and salinity. Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas includes hundreds of color graphics of gastropods and bivalves, every major marine habitat in the Florida Keys, and living mollusks in their habitats.


Contents

- Introduction:Endemism and Biodiversity in the Florida Keys and AdjacentAreas
- Marine Ecosystems of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands: Past and Present
- Molluscan Faunas of the Vegetated Sediment Shore Macrohabitat (Estuarine Regime)
- Molluscan Faunas of the Unvegetated Rocky Shore Macrohabitat (Nearshore Marine Regime)
- Molluscan Faunas of the Vegetated Softbottom Macrohabitat (Nearshore Marine Regime)
- Molluscan Faunas of the Unvegetated Hardbottom Macrohabitat (Nearshore Marine Regime)
- Molluscan Faunas of the Unvegetated Softbottom Macrohabitat (Nearshore Marine Regime)
- Molluscan Faunas of the Coral Reef Tract Macrohabitat and Gastropod Reef Macrohabitat (Nearshore Marine Regime)
- Molluscan Faunas of the Deep Reef Talus Macrohabitat (Neritic Regime)
- Molluscan Faunas of the Deep Softbottom and Pelagic Macrohabitats (Oceanic Regime)
- Tree Snails of the Florida Keys
- List of Macromollusks: Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas
- Bibliography
- Systematic Appendix: Additions to the Molluscan Biodiversity of the Florida Keys
- Index of Ecologic, Oceanographic, and Geographic Terms
- Index of Illustrated Specimens


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