Peterson First Guide to Shells of North America

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 1989 - Shells - 128 pages
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This is an abridged edition of the complete field guide that is more accessible & less forbidding than the parent volume.

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ABALONE Alaska algae animal aperture ATLANTIC ATLANTIC RAZOR CLAM AUGER Baja California bivalves BLUE MUSSEL body whorl British Columbia burrow byssus Cali CALIFORNIA MUSSEL camouflaged CAMPECHE Caribbean carnivores Carolina to Brazil carrier shells cephalopods chiton coasts COCKLE color columella COMMON FIG CONCH CONE cone snails coral coral reefs COWRY CUP-AND-SAUCER deep water DONAX DOVE SHELL eelgrass elongate feed Florida Keys Florida to Brazil foot Found from Alaska Found from North Found from southeastern Found from southern Found in deep found in shallow FROG SHELL gastropods GEODUCK Gulf of California Gulf of Mexico herbivorous hinge horny operculum HORSE CONCH Indo-Pacific inside interior intertidal intertidal zones iridescent JANTHINA JEWEL BOX KNOBBED WHELK larvae Leatherbury ligament LIMPET live low-tide line LUCINE mantle MARGINELLA marine worms Massachusetts MITER mollusks mother-of-pearl MUREX muscle scar MUSSEL NERITE North America North Carolina Olive shells operculum outer lip oval OYSTER PACIFIC PACIFIC OYSTER PACIFIC RAZOR CLAM paired shells PELECYPOD PEN SHELL PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY periostracum proboscis radula RAZOR CLAM rocks sand SCALLOP Scaphopods SCOTCH BONNET sculptured sea moss seagrass seas seawater seaweed sex organs shallow to deep shallow water shape shells together siphonal canal SLIPPER SHELL smooth snails SOFT-SHELLED CLAM southeastern Florida southern Florida species species worldwide spire SPIRULA squids teeth TEGULA thin tidepools TOP SHELL TRITON TULIP TURRID tusk Tusk shells umbones univalves usually valve VENUS VOLUTE WENTLETRAP WEST INDIAN West Indies WHELK whorls

About the author (1989)

Jackie Leatherbury Douglass is the author of the Peterson First Guide to Shells.

Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

John Aubrey Douglass is the author of the Peterson Field Guide to Atlantic Coast Fishes and the Peterson First Guide to Shells.

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