This landmark scientific reference for scientists, researchers, and students of marine biology tackles the monumental task of taking a complete biodiversity inventory of the Gulf of Mexico with full biotic and biogeographic information. Presenting a comprehensive summary of knowledge of Gulf biota through 2004, the book includes seventy-seven chapters, which list more than fifteen thousand species in thirty-eight phyla or divisions and were written by 138 authors from seventy-one institutions in fourteen countries. This first volume of "Gulf of Mexico Origin, Waters, and Biota", a multivolumed set edited by John W. Tunnell Jr., Darryl L. Felder, and Sylvia A. Earle, provides information on each species' habitat, biology, and geographic range, along with full references and a narrative introduction to the group, which opens each chapter.
DARRYL L. FELDER is professor of biology and head of the laboratory for crustacean research at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. DAVID K. CAMP, a former research scientist at the Florida Marine Research Institute of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is now a consulting biologist and freelance science editor in Seminole, Florida. Both Felder and Camp are associates at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.