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Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (eds), 1990

The Marine Fauna of the British Isles and north-west Europe

The bible for identifying marine fauna, including very small species. A collection of chapters on all the diverse groups of marine animals found in the British Isles and north-west Europe. This is not a field guide, but is intended for use in the lab on living or dead specimens.

Unfortunately now very expensive (c. £200 per volume: Jan 2012)

There is a shorter single-volume version (the "Handbook") for those primarily interested in what they might find on or near the UK shores. Although mostly cut down from the present work, the Handbook also contains a few species not in the present work.

Publisher Clarendon Press
Volume 2 volumes
Pages 996
ISBN 0 19 857515 7
Coverage Most of the British and north-west European marine species known at the time.
Illustrations Numerous plates of line drawings in the text.
Identify Under a Stereo Microscope (also useful to examine under a Compound Microscope).

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

ANIMALIA (animals) Identification Current Marine fauna.
CTENOPHORA Eschscholtz, 1829 (comb jellies) Identification Current
TUNICATA Lamarck, 1816 (ascidians, sea-squirts, tunicates) Identification Current
(Pisces) (fishes) Identification Current
ECHINODERMATA Bruguière, 1791 [ex Klein, 1734] (starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers) Identification Current
HEMICHORDATA Bateson, 1885 (hemichordates) Identification Current
ARACHNIDA (mites, spiders, false scorpions, harvestmen etc.) Identification Current
PYCNOGONIDA Latreille, 1810 (sea spiders) Identification Current
CRUSTACEA (crustaceans) Identification Current
INSECTA (true insects) Identification Current
MYRIAPODA (myriapods) Identification Current
PRIAPULIDA (priapulans) Identification Current
TARDIGRADA (waterbears) Identification Current
ANNELIDA (segmented worms and leeches) Identification Current
BRYOZOA (bryozoans, ectoprocts and moss animals) Identification Current
ECHIURA (burrow worms and echiuran worms) Identification Current
ENTOPROCTA Nitsche, 1869 (entoprocts) Identification Current
MOLLUSCA (slugs, snails, bivalves, octopus, sea slugs) Identification Current Including the tiniest bivavles that are omitted from most other guides.
NEMERTEA (proboscis worms, ribbon worms) Identification Current
POGONOPHORA (beard worms) Identification Current
SIPUNCULA (sipunculan worms) Identification Current
PLATYHELMINTHES (flatworms, tapeworms, flukes) Identification Current
CNIDARIA (hydroids, jelly fish, sea anemones, jellyfish) Identification Current
PORIFERA Grant, 1836 (sponges) Identification Superseded
PROTOZOA (protists, single-celled organisms) Identification Current

Related

Single cut-down volume Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (eds), 1996
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