Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (eds), 1996
Handbook of the Marine Fauna of North-West Europe
A collection of chapters on all the diverse groups of animals likely to be found on the shore or during inshore coastal studies. This is not a field guide, but is intended for use in the lab on living or dead specimens. This really useful work for all who are seriously interested in identifying what they find on the sea-shore has been reprinted almost every year since publication.
It is a shorter version of "The Marine Fauna of the British Isles and north-west Europe" in two (very expensive!) volumes by the same authors. The species selected are those most likely to be found on the shore or during inshore coastal studies. Some groups (like Protozoa) have been omitted. The keys have been simplified and the accounts shortened. Although mostly cut down from the larger work, the Handbook also contains a few species not in those volumes.
The accounts for Ostracods and Copepods in particular are brief and only cover species most likely to be encountered on the shore.
Doesn't include sea mammals or birds, nor plankton or meiofauna.
||Oxford University Press (OUP)
||978 0 19 854055 7
||reprint with minor corrections
|Comments and Corrigenda
||P98 Hydroids key: couplet 19 (Sertularella gayi & polyzonias) has outcomes reversed (cf descriptions p102 and Cornelius)
||Covers approximately 1500 species. This is the vast majority of species likely to be found along our shores.
||Numerous plates of line drawings in the text.
||Under a Stereo Microscope (also useful to examine under a Compound Microscope).