A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life in the North Atlantic: Canada to Cape Cod

A Photographic Guide to Seashore Life in the North Atlantic: Canada to Cape Cod

by J. Duane Sept
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691133190

ISBN-13: 9780691133195

Pub. Date: 03/17/2008

Publisher: Princeton University Press

The tides of the North Atlantic are the world's highest, and they reveal a world of amazing seashore life—from jellies and sea anemones, to clams and crabs, to seaweeds and lichens. With some 300 crisp, vibrant color photographs and brief, precise descriptions, this field guide makes it easier than ever to identify Atlantic seashore life from Canada to Cape

Overview

The tides of the North Atlantic are the world's highest, and they reveal a world of amazing seashore life—from jellies and sea anemones, to clams and crabs, to seaweeds and lichens. With some 300 crisp, vibrant color photographs and brief, precise descriptions, this field guide makes it easier than ever to identify Atlantic seashore life from Canada to Cape Cod. Duane Sept covers more than 225 common intertidal species found on rocky shores, sandy shores, mud beaches, and floating docks, and explains the natural history of these specialized organisms. He also describes tidal habitats, tells how to explore the seashore in a safe and environmentally responsible way, and provides extensive information on some of the best places in the North Atlantic to view seashore life. Both casual and dedicated beachcombers will find this a handy, enjoyable, and reliable guide.

  • The first full-color photographic guide to North Atlantic seashore life
  • Includes some 300 color photographs and illustrations
  • Makes species identification quick and easy
  • Covers more than 225 common intertidal species found from Canada to Cape Cod
  • Covers rocky shores, sandy shores, mud beaches, and floating docks
  • Tells how to explore safely and in an environmentally responsible way
  • Provides extensive information on some of the best places to visit in the Atlantic Northeast

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691133195
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/17/2008
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
776,581
Product dimensions:
8.78(w) x 9.54(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION 10
Understanding Tides 11
Understanding Intertidal Habitats 15
Sand Beaches 16
Mud Flats 16
Rocky Shores 16
Intertidal Zones 17
Micro-habitats 19
Harvesting Shellfish 19
Protecting Our Marine Resources 21
Observing Intertidal Life 21
A Note of Caution 21
The Scientific Classification of Living Things 22
Getting the Most out of This Guide 24

INTERTIDAL CREATURES
KINGDOM Animalia
Sponges
PHYLUM Porifera 26
Sea Anemones, Jellies, and Allies
PHYLUM Cnidaria 30
Comb Jellies
PHYLUM Ctenophora 40
Marine Worms
PHYLA Platyhelminthes, Nemertea,
Annelida, and Echiura 43
Moss Animals
PHYLUM Bryozoa 57
Molluscs
PHYLUM Mollusca 60
Arthropods
PHYLUM Arthropoda 110
Spiny-skinned Animals
PHYLUM Echinodermata 128
Tunicates (Non-vertebrate Cordates)
PHYLUM Chordata 138
Fishes (Vertebrate Cordates)
PHYLUM Chordata 142

INTERTIDAL PLANTS & FUNGI
KINGDOMS Plantae & Fungi
Green Algae
PHYLUM Chlorophyta 147
Brown Algae
PHYLUM Ochrophyta 153
Red Algae
PHYLUM Rhodophyta 163
Flowering Plants
PHYLUM Anthophyta 173
Lichens
PHYLUM Ascomycotina 177

SELECTED SITES FOR EXPLORATION 181
Map of the Atlantic Northeast 182
Nova Scotia 183
Prince Edward Island 186
New Brunswick 187
Newfoundland, and Labrador 190
Maine 191
New Hampshire 195
Massachusetts 196

SELECTED REFERENCES 200
GLOSSARY 202
ILLLUSTRATIONS FOR IDENTIFICATION 205
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 213
INDEX 214

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