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Bivalve Seashells of Tropical West America

Bivalve Seashells of Tropical West America is the most comprehensive book ever written on tropical Pacific Ocean bivalves. This is a “must have publication” for tropical malacologists, paleontologists, archeologists, libraries, shellfishery and environmental scientists, and shell collectors.

The culmination of a nine year study, it treats all bivalve mollusks living from northern Baja California, México to northern Perú. A total of 890 species are described and illustrated with over 5,000 color photographs and detailed drawings. All habitats in the region are included from the intertidal splash zone to the abyssal depths of the ocean basins.

The book has over 5,000 complete bibliographic references to the bivalves including citations on the biology, physiology, ecology, and taxonomy of this commercially and biological ly important group. Character tables and dichotomous keys assist the reader in identification. Also included in the 1258 page book is an illustrated key to the superfamiles of the region, and a complete glossary.

To purchase volumes in the series, contact Senior Manager of Guest Services & Retail Kim Zsembik at 805-682-4711 ext. 121 or


Rüdiger Bieler, The Festivus, July 2012

"This is a must-have for anybody seriously interested in bivalve systematics or the invertebrate fauna of the eastern Pacific."

David Jablonski, University of Chicago

"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."

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