Seashells of North America: A Guide to Field Identification

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Macmillan, Apr 14, 2001 - Nature - 280 pages
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Scoop up plentiful Cockles on Eastern beaches. Spy a fabulous Emperor Helmet in Southern Florida. Find a Red Chiton on the Pacific shore. The coasts of North America yield a wondrous variety of shells, from the majestic Conch to tiny Bittium. This beautifully illustrated guide helps both the novice and experienced shell hunter distinguish between similar varieties and find the glorious specimens that become a collection's prize.

-Native varieties and important introduced species
-Expert tips on cleaning and preservation
-Common and scientific names
-Convenient measuring rules...and more!!

 

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This is a fun informational book about seashells. It is set up so you can find your region of North America and look for the shell you have found. I recognized most of the shells and learned that a ... Read full review

Contents

How to Use This Book
5
What Is a Mollusk?
7
Major Groups of Mollusks
8
Evolutionary History
14
Reproduction
16
Development
17
Growth
19
Sexuality
20
Janthina Snails and Wentletraps
92
Hoof CupandSaucer and Slipper Shells
98
Conchs Trivias and Cowries
104
Moon Snails Bonnets and Helmets
112
Tritons Frog Fig Tuns Murex and Drills
118
Dove Shells Whelks and Mud Snails
130
Horse Conchs Tulip Conchs Tulip Conchs and Spindles
144
Olives Vases and Miters
148

Egg Protection
21
Shell Structure and Pigmentation
22
Feeding
24
Locomotion
26
Nervous System and Sense Organs
27
Commensalism and Parasitism
28
Marine Communities
29
Environmental Niches
30
Dispersal and Abundance
32
Introduced Species
33
Marine Faunal Provinces
34
Guide to Collecting Areas
38
Collecting Mollusks
40
Cleaning and Preserving
42
The Shell Collection
44
Studying and Observing Mollusks
46
Marine Aquariums for Mollusks
47
Nomenclature and Classification
48
Identification
49
CLASS GASTROPODA Univalves
50
Glossary
51
Slit Shells Abalones and Keyhole Limpets
52
True Limpets
64
Tops Turbans Pheosants and Nerites
68
Periwinkles Turritellas and Worm Shells
80
Caecums Sundials Planaxis
86
Horn Shells Ceriths Bittiums and Triforas
88
Volutes Nutmegs and Marginellas
152
Cones Augers and Turrids
160
Bubble Shells Sea Hares and Pyrams
170
Pteropods and Nudibranchs
176
CLASS AMPHINEURA Chitons
182
CLASS SCAPHOPODA Tusk Shells
186
CLASS BIVALVIA Bivalves
188
Awning Clams and Nut Clams
190
Arks
192
Bittersweet Clams
196
Mussels Pearl Oysters Pens and Scallops
198
Thorny Oysters Limas Jingles and Edible Oysters
212
Astartes Carditos Lucine and Charmas
216
Jewel Boxes
224
Cockles Venus CLams and False Angel Wings
226
Tellins Macomas Semeles and Donax Clams
238
Sanguin Jackknife Razor and Surf Clams
250
Softshell Clams Angel Wings and Piddocks
256
Wood Borers and Shipworms
260
Pandora Spoon and Dipper Clams
262
CLASS CEPHALOPODA Octopus squids
264
Argonouts Paper Nautilus and Spirula
266
Squids
268
BIBLIOGRAPHY
270
INDEX
272
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Golden Guides first appeared in 1949 and quickly established themselves as authorities on subjects from Natural History to Science. Relaunched in 2000, Golden Guides from St. Martin's Press feature modern, new covers as part of a multi-year, million-dollar program to revise, update, and expand the complete line of guides for a new generation of students.

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