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Larink, O. & Westheide, W., 2011

Coastal Plankton - photo guide for European Seas (2nd ed)

Almost coffee-table in style, this photo guide covers the full range of planktonic organisms in European seas. A short introduction covers the concept of plankton, ranges of sizes, annual productivity, diversity, ecology, trophic relationships and study methods.

The main body of the work surveys most of the plant and animal kingdoms in 83 plates of beautiful photographs with explanatory text on the facing pages. The subject matter is divided into taxonomic themes each occupying one or more spreads. The text includes an overview of the biology, with the lower portion of the page being the key to the photographs.

Many of the photographs are photomicrographs, others are less highly enlarged and there are some at life-size or less (many of these are of the more familiar adult forms to provide context.) A minor criticism is that it is necessary to read through the captions to ascertain the size of the organisms.

The final plate is of miscellaneous objects that turn up in plankton samples. Among the Copepod faecal pellets, an Eleagnus trichome and Pinus pollen serve as a reminder of the influence of land.

The second edition adds many more photos, especially from the Mediterranean.

Text in English.

Publisher Verlag Dr. Friedrich Pfeil
ISBN 978-3-89937-062-1
Edition 2nd
Coverage A selection of common and characteristic planktonic species from European coasts, including western Mediterranean.
Illustrations 930 macro and microphotographs on 83 plates.
Identify Under a Stereo Microscope (also useful to examine under a Compound Microscope).

Malcolm Storey

Taxonomic Scope

CRUSTACEA (crustaceans) Identification Current
ANNELIDA (segmented worms and leeches) Identification Current
MOLLUSCA (slugs, snails, bivalves, octopus, sea slugs) Identification Current
CHROMISTA (algae) Identification Current
PROTOZOA (protists, single-celled organisms) Identification Current
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