Houghton Mifflin: Peterson Field Guides (1995), Fourth Edition. Index. 350pp. 4.75 x 7.5 inches. Hardcover. ISBN 0-395697-80-8.
A standard since Percy Morris' first edition in 1947, the Atlantic Coast shell guide has now been completely revised by world-renowned malacologist and shell photographer R. Tucker Abbott.
This fourth edition has 115 new drawings and 74 new color plates that show the shells as well as the animals that inhabit them. Illustrations show how to collect and display shells. Current common and scientific names and ranges for the 800 species presented help the reader to identify speciments.
The introductory sections contain all the advice a beginner needs to take up the fascinating hobby of collecting and studying shells. For the experienced collector, there exists no more complete or convenient one-volume guide to identification of shells of eastern North America and the West Indies.
America's best-known malacologist, R. Tucker Abbott has written more than 30 books on shells. He has been curator of mollusks at the Smithsonian Institution, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. He is the founding director of the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum in Sanibel, Florida.
Percy Morris was a conchologist at the Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University for 40 years and wrote many natural history books, including the Peterson Field Guides to shells of both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
The Peterson Field Guide Series is edited by Roger Tory Peterson; and sponsored by the National Audubon Society, the National Wildlife Federation, and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute.
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