Seashells of the Caribbean

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Macmillan Caribbean, 1990 - Shells - 106 pages
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The nature of the marine shell fauna of the Caribbean is extremely diverse, seeking shelter beneath the sand of beaches, under the rocks of coastal areas, in the soft deep mud of estuaries, in dark submarine caves, in the thick growths of marine prairies, and under branches of vast coral outcrops. It remains unobtrusive and often difficult to discover. Each species has its geographical distribution and populations vary in size, shape and colour according to environment; some animals migrate seasonally far afield. Tidal movement in the Caribbean is unspectacular other than during the spring and autumn equinoxes when shallow reefs and sand flats emerge briefly. The intertidal zone remains stable and undisturbed, with the exception of the passage of tropical storms and hurricanes, governing the lives of many gastropods and bi-valves.

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User Review  - carterchristian1 - LibraryThing

Excellent illustrations, a fairly small book for toting in a backpack, I used it regularly as I collected beach shells in Antigua. Read full review


Reproduction and development
Clams scallops and mussels the bivalves
Short glossary of shell terms

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