Florida's Seashells , the bestselling guide for beachcombers, is now updated and expanded in a new edition. This new volume has more shells identified and explained, with 287 species represented by over 400 full-color images and 175 range maps.
This book showcases the diversity of Florida's seashells and presents them in the way they come to us on beaches. Knowing the names, stories, and varied appearances of seashells can sharpen a beachcomber's eyes to their beauty and rarity, and offer collectors an outlet for the appreciation of nature's splendor. The book's elegant organization allows easy identification of seashells common to the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
Other Pineapple Press guides for the curious beachcomber:
- Florida's Living Beaches
- Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas
- Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas
|Publisher:||Pineapple Press, Inc.|
|Edition description:||Second Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Blair and Dawn Witherington are professional naturalists. Blair is a research scientist with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in Florida. He has his bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in zoology from the University of Florida. He has contributed numerous scientific articles and book chapters on sea turtle biology, and his books include two volumes on sea turtles and their conservation. Dawn is a graphic design artist and scientific illustrator trained at the Art Institutes of Colorado and Fort Lauderdale. Her art and design are prominent in natural history books, posters, and museum exhibits. Blair and Dawn have merged their art, writing, photography, and design in a number of projects, including Florida's Living Beaches: A Beachcomber's Guide, Florida's Seashells, Living Beaches of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber's Guide, and Seashells of Georgia and the Carolinas: A Beachcomber's Guide.
Table of Contents
- Finding Beach Shells
- Guide Organization
- Shelled Mollusk Anatomy
- Itty-Bitty Shells
- Shell Color Variation and Mollusk Bits and Pieces
- Shell Wars (Shell Bioerosion)
- Fossil Shells
- How Shells Came to Be
- Resources and Suggested Reading
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was very helpful on my first trip to Florida's shelling beaches. The pictures were of very good quality and made it easy to recognize the different types of shells. The descriptions were very helpful and educational. I will refer back to this book on future shelling trips and as a learning tool with my grandchildren.
The Witherington's have developed a spectacular model for their seashell guides, and this is another of their great ones! As a regional guide, the book begins with a map of Florida identifying the best beaches for finding shells, and then when and where on the beach to find various types of shells. There is a short anatomy lesson with illustrations to help you understand shell nomenclature/descriptions used throughout the book...great for beginners! Shells are grouped by family and each entry includes a color photo and range map, with description and max size of shells. Many photos include color variations as well as juvenile and adult shells...makes it even easier to identify what you have found on the beach. Really enjoy the way the Witherington's have presented this material in an easy to read, informative format...especially the color photos.