Marine gastropods 1

Marine gastropods 1: Patellogastropoda and Vetigastropoda is the first of three volumes that cover marine patellogastropod, vetigastropod and caenogastropod molluscs.

This volume is primarily concerned with the two most recognisable (and possibly primitive) subclasses: Patellogastropoda and Vetigastropoda. The popular names for these molluscs are limpets and topshells.

The keys mostly use characters shown by fully-grown shells, as this will enable the identification of empty shells. In a few places, the keys use external body features when they offer important clues to identification. Each species account starts with its most useful diagnostic characters, followed by a description of the shell and body. Also included is information on the habitat, food, breeding and distribution of each species.

Synopses of the British Fauna is a series of identification guides. Each volume in the series provides a detailed account of a group of animals. They bridge the gap between standard field guides and the more specialised monograph or treatise. Since 1993 the the Field Studies Council has published these guides on behalf of the Linnean Society.

These volumes are suitable for the lab or field. Technical terminology is kept to a minimum and a glossary of terms provided. However the complexity of the subject matter makes the books more suitable for the more experienced practitioner.