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Marine Wildlife King George Island Antarctica: Identification Guide

Field / Identification Guide

By: Dirk Schories (Editor), Gesche Kohlberg (Editor)

348 pages, colour photos, 3 colour maps

Schories & Kohlberg (privately published)

Paperback | Jan 2016 | #228076 | ISBN-13: 9783000508325
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NHBS Price: £23.50 $30/€28 approx

About this book

Over five years of diving and boat operations in shallow Antarctic waters, the authors have collected thousands of photographs and have taken hundreds of taxonomic samples from the seafloor and along the coast. The image collection was used to write the first field guide of the marine flora and fauna of King George Island, South Shetlands, Antarctica. Without an authoritative reference work, it is difficult and often frustrating work to correctly identify species studied during dives or observed along the coast. Marine Wildlife King George Island Antarctica aims to close this gap for scientists, expert or not, and the interested public. This visual identification guide was written by 19 scientists from 7 countries and presents about two hundred different species, which are commonly observed at King George Island between the shore line down to 50 m depth. Some rarely observed species are also included, for some of these no images existed before Marine Wildlife King George Island Antarctica was published. All species are first organized by phyla, and then into lesser ranks, such as classes and orders.


Contents

Presentation   6
Foreword   8
Authors   10
Content   12

General text
Introduction   16
      History of Antarctica   18
      Humans in Antarctica   19
      Antarctica, South Shetland Islands and King George Island   22
      The human impact on King George Island   23
      The marine wildlife   24
Diving in Antarctic waters   30
      Underwater monitoring, GPS techniques   34

Species descriptions
Green algae, Chlorophyta   38
Brown algae, Ochrophyta   40
Red algae, Rhodophyta   48
Sponges, Porifera   56
      Calcarious Sponges, Calcarea   56
      Demosponges, Demospongiae   58
      Glass sponges, Hexactinellida   74
Cnidarians, Cnidaria   78
      Hydrozoans, Hydrozoa   78
      True Jellyfish, Scyphozoa   93
      Anthozoans, Anthozoa   96
Comb Jellies, Ctenophora   114
Flatworms, Platyhelminthes   116
Ribbon worms, Nemertea   118
Molluscs, Mollusca   122
      Chitons, Polyplacophora   122
      Gastropods, Gastropoda   128
      Bivalves, Bivalvia   154
Priapulid worms, Priapulia   164
Ringed worms, Annelida   166
      Polychaetes, Polychaeta   166
      Leeches, Hirudinea   176
Arthropods, Arthropoda   178
      Sea spiders, Pycnogonida   178
      Crustaceans, Crustacea   184
      Amphipods, Amphipoda   184
      Isopods, Isopoda   194
      Krill, Euphausiacea   196
Echinoderms, Echinodermata   198
      Sea stars, Asteroidea   198
      Feather stars, Crinoidea   212
      Brittle stars, Ophiuroidea   214
      Sea urchins, Echinoidea   216
      Sea cucumbers, Holothuroidea   220
Moss animals, Bryozoa   230
Lamp shells, Brachiopoda   240
Tunicates, Tunicata   242
      Sea squirts, Ascidiacea   242
      Salps, Thaliacea   266
Ray-finned fishes, Actinopterygii   268
Birds, Aves   276
      Gulls, Snipe-like Waders, Plover-like Waders, Charadriformes   278
      Shags, Pelicans, Pelecaniformes   282
      Albatros, Petrels, Procellariformes   284
      Penguins, Sphenisciformes   288
Mammals, Mammalia   294
      Carnivorans, Carnivora   294
      Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises, Cetacea   300

Species Index   313
Bibliography   317
Glossary   338
Photo & Graphic credits   346


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