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Gibson, R., Hextall, B. & Rogers, A., 2001

Photographic Guide to the Sea & Shore Life of Britain & North-west Europe

A colour guide to the wealth of marine plant and animals. The inside front cover gives a pictorial key to the groups of organisms to help the beginner, with both page numbers and colour coding to enable the right section to be quickly found.

The main text is arranged taxonomically. The text and photographs are on facing pages, generally covering three species to a spread. The text includes the description, habitat & ecology, similar species, abundance & distribution and distinctive features. There is also a distribution map showing the occurence of the species along the coastlines of north-west Europe from Brest to the Baltic and Iceland (for some reason very few species are shown away from the shore).

The photographs are of living organisms in their natural habitat and the quality is excellent. Most have been taken with underwater flash, so don't suffer from the blue cast of so much scuba photography.

In addition to the photograph, a line drawing often shows a different view or parts that are hidden in the main picture.

Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Pages 436
ISBN 0 19 850709 7
Coverage A selection of the larger, more common and easily found species of coast, from shoreline to continetal shelf.
Illustrations Beautiful colour photographs throughout.
Identify In the field (also useful to examine in the Hand).

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

ANIMALIA (animals) Identification Distribution map Current
(Pisces) (fishes) Identification Distribution map Current
ECHINODERMATA Bruguière, 1791 [ex Klein, 1734] (starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers) Identification Distribution map Current
CRUSTACEA (crustaceans) Identification Distribution map Current
BRYOZOA (bryozoans, ectoprocts and moss animals) Identification Distribution map Current
MOLLUSCA (slugs, snails, bivalves, octopus, sea slugs) Identification Distribution map Current
NEMERTEA (proboscis worms, ribbon worms) Identification Distribution map Current
CNIDARIA (hydroids, jelly fish, sea anemones, jellyfish) Identification Distribution map Current
PORIFERA Grant, 1836 (sponges) Identification Distribution map Current
CHROMISTA (algae) Identification Distribution map Current
(Seaweeds) (differentiated, multicellular, marine algae) Identification Distribution map Current
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