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Bivalve Seashells of Tropical West America
Marine Bivalve Mollusks from Baja California to Northern Perú

by Eugene V. Coan and Paul Valentich-Scott

  • The most extensive book ever written on tropical marine bivalves
  • 890 species, with detailed descriptions and distributions
  • Over 5,000 full color photographs, and 150 drawings
  • 3 new genera, 15 new species

What the experts are saying....

"A magnificent, full-color revision of a rich tropical fauna. A book of lasting value not just for the region, but for anyone interested in marine bivalves. Sure to become a modern classic.” Dr. David Jablonski, University of Chicago

“The color illustrations are superb and clearly depict morphological characters with taxonomic value. It will immediately become a crucial reference for biodiversity and ecological studies.” Dr. Martha Reguero, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

“It is clearly written and exhaustive ..... definitively an essential reference book for every amateur and professional malacologist.” Dr. Eduardo Rios, Universidad de Guadalajara, México

"This is an indespensable work for professional and amateur malacologists interested in the identification, systematics and biogeography of marine bivalves..... destined to be an enduring classic." Dr. George M. Davis, George Washington University Medical Center, Editor of Malacologia.

"...destined to become instant classics that needs a prime spot on the malacological bookshelf..." Dr. Rüdiger Bieler, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. 

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