Photographic Guide to Sea and Shore Life of Britain and North-West Europe

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This spectacular photographic guide to sea shore animals and plants represents a completely new approach to field guides. It is aimed at those who wish to find and identify organisms encountered o the sea or immediately offshore quickly and easily while promoting their conservation. Uniquely, each species is illustrated by a photograph and, in most cases, accompanied by a line drawing that emphasizes the critical features for identification and a map to show the distribution of the species in North-West Europe. ...
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Oxford, England 2001 Trade paperback Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine ... remains undamaged. Trade paperback (US). Glued binding. 436 p. Contains: Illustrations. Oxford Natural History. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

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Overview

This spectacular photographic guide to sea shore animals and plants represents a completely new approach to field guides. It is aimed at those who wish to find and identify organisms encountered o the sea or immediately offshore quickly and easily while promoting their conservation. Uniquely, each species is illustrated by a photograph and, in most cases, accompanied by a line drawing that emphasizes the critical features for identification and a map to show the distribution of the species in North-West Europe. The text itself deliberately focuses on features that complement the photographs and facilitate identification non-destructively--where, for example, burrowing worms can only be identified by digging them up and therefore killing them, only the cast, the part usually seen, is shown. Stress is laid on the importance of exploiting all available information for locating and identifying each species-if two species have identical appearance they are described separately and behavioral, geographical, or seasonal features that distinguish them are described in the text. There is no other guide to sea shore organisms like this one; those available are either less comprehensive or less well illustrated. It will appeal to beachcombers of all levels, from families to students and professionals, as well to divers and those visiting the proliferating numbers of commercially run marine aquaria that are open to the public.
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The guide assumes that most people only want to identify what they see, and are not interested in details of taxonomy, anatomy, and other scientific aspects. The selection is limited to creatures that are fairly common and easy to find, and specifically excludes those whose habitat must be damaged or destroyed to see. Color tabs lead readers quickly to such sections as seaweeds and flowering plants, non- segmented worms, molluscs, ascidians and fishes, and flotsam and jetsam washed up on the beach. The color photographs show them in their habitat. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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"You need a good wildlife guide to enjoy the full seashore experience, but until now it's been hard to find one ... Thankfully, Oxford University Press has gone all-out to remedy the situation. Its new photographic guide is perfect for researchers, undergraduates, keen amateurs or just a family outing."--BBC Wildlife

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198507093
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John Moores University, Liverpool

School of Ocean and Earth Sciences, University of Southampton

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Table of Contents

About this book vii
Introduction ix
Plants (Kingdom Plantae) 2
Lichens 2
Seaweeds and flowering plants 8
Algae 8
Angiosperms (flowering plants) 62
Animals (Kingdom Animalia) 64
Sponges 64
Phylum Porifera 64
Anemones, corals, sea firs, jellyfishes, and sea gooseberries 86
Phylum Cnidaria 86
Phylum Ctenophora (comb jellies, sea gooseberries) 128
Non-segmented worms 132
Phylum Platyhelminthes (flatworms) 132
Phylum Nematoda (roundworms) 134
Phylum Nemertea (ribbon worms) 134
Phylum Sipuncula (peanut worms) 140
Phylum Echiura (acorn worms) 141
Segmented worms 142
Phylum Annelida 142
Insects, crabs, barnacles, shrimps, and sea spiders 168
Phylum Arthropoda 168
Phylum Pycnogonida 218
Molluscs 222
Phylum Mollusca 222
Horseshoe worms, lamp shells, and bryozoans 316
Phylum Phoronida (horseshoe worms) 316
Phylum Brachiopoda (lamp shells) 318
Phylum Bryozoa (Ectoprocta, Polyzoa) 318
Echinoderms 330
Phylum Echinodermata 330
Ascidians and fishes 360
Phylum Chordata 360
Subphylum Tunicata (Urochordata) (sea squirts, tunicates) 360
Subphylum Cephalochordata (lancelets) 361
Subphylum Euchordata (Vertebrata) 376
Flotsam and jetsam 420
Acknowledgements 422
Index 423
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