Beachcomber's Guide To Gulf Coast Marine Life

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This updated guide provides the latest findings about the biology and ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. It reflects the effects of recent storms and hurricanes, and includes an expanded chapter on sea turtles. Hundreds of detailed drawings introduce you to more than 300 marine creatures commonly found along the beaches and bays of this area. Easy-to-read descriptions explain the taxonomic feeding, mating, and migratory habits of these coastal residents. In addition, this guide tells you about many offshore ...
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Overview

This updated guide provides the latest findings about the biology and ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. It reflects the effects of recent storms and hurricanes, and includes an expanded chapter on sea turtles. Hundreds of detailed drawings introduce you to more than 300 marine creatures commonly found along the beaches and bays of this area. Easy-to-read descriptions explain the taxonomic feeding, mating, and migratory habits of these coastal residents. In addition, this guide tells you about many offshore creatures, such as oysters, shrimp, and lobsters, and the numerous animals that inhabit the subsea oil platforms.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589790612
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2004
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 988,770
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan B. Rothschild, Ph.D., a resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts, has worked in the U.S. fisheries management, water quality assessment of Chesapeake Bay, and U.S. environment regulation at local levels. Nick Fotheringham, Ph.D., has taught marine biology and invertebrate zoology at the University of Houston and the University of Texas. He is a resident of Thousand Oaks, California.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition viii
Preface to the Second Edition x
Preface xi
Introduction xii
Chapter 1 General Shore and Faunal Features 1
The Habitats 1
The Fauna 4
Lifestyles 4
Invertebrate Taxa 5
Chapter 2 Jetties and Groins 9
The Ubiquitous Barnacles 10
Fleet-Footed Scavengers 11
Oyster Drills and Hermit Crabs 12
Flowers in the Crevices 14
Crabs and Shrimp on the Jetty 15
Migration of the Sea Hare 16
Spiny Delicacies 17
Beach Fleas and Skeleton Shrimp 17
Jetty Animals That Resemble Plants 18
Chapter 3 Sandy Beaches 21
Life on the Upper Beach 22
Life on the Littoral Beach 24
Snails That Leave Trails 25
Worms in the Surf Zone 27
Life Below the Littoral Zone 28
Starfishes and Sea Pansies 28
Yellow and Purple Whips 30
Life Beyond the Breakers 30
Crabs 30
Snails 31
Clams 32
The Edible Blue Crab and Its Kin 34
Spider Crabs 37
Chapter 4 Flotsam and Jetsam 39
Portuguese Man-of-War 40
Purple Sailors and Bubble Rafts 41
Onions from the Sea 42
The Floating Sargassum Community 42
A Deep-Sea Castaway 45
Chapter 5 Offshore Bottoms: The Shrimp Grounds 46
The Ubiquitous Fauna 47
Nearshore Worms and Neighbors 50
Spring Bloomers 53
Shrimp for the Table and Aquarium 55
Crabs--Like Hermits and Frogs 58
Creatures to Entice the Sea Lover 60
The Elusive Octopus 62
Chapter 6 The Bay Shore: Salt Marshes 63
Mussels and Worms in the Mud 65
Fiddler Crabs and More Fiddler Crabs 66
Key to the Fiddler Crabs of Northwestern Gulf Coast 67
Life in the Marsh Debris 68
Land Crabs 69
Invisible Grass Shrimp 70
Chapter 7 The Bay Shore: Mud Flats 71
Razors, Jackknives, and Boring Clams 71
Clams for Food, Roads, and Barter 73
Mud Crabs and Mud Shrimp 74
Delicate Ribbon Worms 75
Augers, Drills, and Moon Snails 76
Hermit Crabs on the Bayshore 77
Worms and Their Neighbors 77
Life in the Seagrass Meadow 79
Clams and Scallops of the Grass Beds 81
The Inconspicuous Cucumber 83
The Carnivorous Whelks 83
Tusks and Bubbles 84
Chapter 8 Artificial Reef Habitats 86
Barnacles Upon Barnacles 87
Add Soft Colors and Textures 88
Serpentine and Mossy Forms 89
Denizens of the Crevices 94
Pill Bugs, Crabs, and Sea Spiders 95
Clams, Oysters, and Mussels 98
Chapter 9 Oyster Reefs 102
Reef Inhabitants 103
Oyster Predators 104
Oysters as Shelter 105
Chapter 10 Shell Habitats 107
Shell Inhabitants 108
Slipper Shells 108
Hydroids 108
Bryozoans, Sponges, and Scaleworms 109
Anemones and Flatworms 110
Chapter 11 Plankton and Nekton 112
Plankton and Nekton 112
Sea Nettles, Sea Wasps, and Sea Walnuts 113
Nekton 117
Chapter 12 Sea Turtles 119
Loggerhead Turtles 123
Green Turtles 127
Kemp's Ridley Turtles 134
Leatherback Turtles 137
Hawksbill Turtles 141
Appendix A A Note on Biological Terminology 144
Appendix B Phylogenetic List 145
Glossary 152
Bibliography 156
Index 172
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