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Field Guides & Natural History  Insects & other Invertebrates  Molluscs  Molluscs: General

British Seashells A Guide for Collectors and Beachcombers

Field / Identification Guide Out of Print
By: Paul Chambers
233 pages, colour & b/w illustrations
British Seashells
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  • British Seashells ISBN: 9781844680511 Hardback Apr 2009 Out of Print #192205
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Using original Victorian prints by collectable artist George Sowerby, marine biologist and author Paul Chambers has produced the first comprehensive guide to shells for over a century. The original prints are intricately detailed and are complemented by informative but accessible text that includes details of families and distribution alongside further useful information.


Introduction 7
Acknowledgements 8
British seashells 9
A brief history of British conchology 13
Collection, preservation and identification techniques 17
About this book 21

Part one: the gastropods and scaphopoda 25
Chapter 1: Achaeogastropods 26
Chapter 2: Patellograstropods 38
Chapter 3: Mesogastropods 43
Chapter 4: Neogastropods 84
Chapter 5: Heterostrophans 97
Chapter 6: Opisthobranchs 111
Chapter 7: Tusk shells 117

Part two: bivalves 119
Chapter 8: Nut shells 121
Chapter 9: Ark shells and dog cockles 123
Chapter 10: Mussels 126
Chapter 11: File shells 134
Chapter 12: Oysters and scallops 137
Chapter 13: Venus shells 145
Chapter 14: Gape, basket and flask shells 185
Chapter 15: Piddocks and shipworms 189
Chapter 16: Lanterns and Pandora shells 195
Chapter 17: Other molluscs of interest 201

A checklist of British seashells 205
Appendix 1: A glossary of terms 217
Appendix 2: A list of useful associations and institutions 221
Bibliography 223
Index of species names 225
Index of common (vernacular) names 230

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Field / Identification Guide Out of Print
By: Paul Chambers
233 pages, colour & b/w illustrations
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