Brimming with superb underwater photographs, hundreds of meticulously drawn color illustrations, tables, and graphs, this volume invites readers to observe the complex and beautiful world of shells more closely. The first part of the book explains how mollusks are formed and analyzes their anatomical structure. The text describes the vital functions of mollusks, including feeding, reproduction, and defense, and is accompanied by vivid photographs that bring to life small dramas of everyday life under water. Essential information for collectors is provided on how to classify, catalogue, and preserve shells. The latter part of the book is an exhaustive field guide to shells of the world, featuring photographs and descriptions of more than 400 different types. With its user-friendly layout and handy, portable format, this handbook is a superb travel companion and an invaluable reference for naturalists.
Journalist Giorgio Gabbi is a passionate and experienced shell collector and member of the Italian Malacological Society. He has written for and been on staff at many magazines including Genius, the monthly science magazine of which he was editorial director.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.61" Width: 6.85" Height: 0.63" Weight: 1.32 lbs.
Release Date Sep 19, 2006
Publisher White Star
ISBN 8854400939 ISBN13 9788854400931
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Journalist Giorgio Gabbi is a passionate and experienced shell collector and member of the Italian Malacological Society. He has written for and been on staff at many magazines including "Genius," the monthly science magazine of which he was editorial director.
Shells: Guide to the jewels of the sea Feb 17, 2007
Good both as technical reference as well as for display
About the shells, but in a very biological way Jun 28, 2006
This is actually a book about the living molluscs, and not the shells themselves. Some of the best underwater photography i have ever seen to date is to be found here and in large format. The text is mostly biological and comprehensive. The species guide, which is included in the last 50 pages is actually almost next to useless. It is incomplete, the drawings (no photos here) are not always good enough and the descriptions have mistakes. Anyhow, if you've ever wanted to see an A3-format photo of Tridacna Gigas, two Cypraeas breeding, a Colublaria sucking on a shark or a Conus eating a live fish in a series of photographs, this is the book to buy !
Lovely photos, fair figures, lacking on text Nov 29, 2000
This is an excellent book. I was impressed by the photos of different marine mollusks in their native habitats, often engaged in complex feeding activities (especially note Colubraria feeding on a parrot fish through it's mucus bubble). It's very nice to see, for a change, a book dedicated to the living organisms that we as Conchologists often tend to forget when engaging in this hobby. I have an extensive collection of shell books and would say to the best of my knowledge this book simply has some of the finest mollusk habitat photography of any book I've seen. I wish they included a bit more text; I felt that a little more info with those excellent photos this would have made this a classic text. Instead it is a excellent book for the amature collector looking for more than the typical identification of shells book. That maybe a mis-characterization as there was information in the text that was new to me (and I have been in this hobby for 30 years), but a lot of the text seemed 'wanting'. Well worth a look see.