Identification Guide to the Shells of South Africa volume 1
Edited by A. P. Marais and Alan Seccombe, 2011
Published by Alwyn Marais, 2011
- Dr RN Kilburn
- Dr JP Marais
- K Frausen
- R Houart
- AP Marais
- R Aiken
Molluscs inhabiting the east
coast of South Africa are
largely of Indo-Pacific origin,
while a small proportion of
species of West African origin
occur along the Cape west
coast. A high concentration
of endemic species is found
in the south of the country
where the warm Agulhas
Current from the east meets
the cold Benguela Current
from the west.
This Identification Guide
includes practically all
described species (in the
families discussed here)
known from the intertidal
zone and the continental
shelf and its slope, within the
boundaries of the country.
More details here.
The book can be ordered here.
The book includes:
Discussions of the 11 neogastropod families, Buccinidae, Colubrariidae, Columbellidae, Fasciolariidae, Nasariidae, Melongenidae, Muricidae, Babyloniidae, Turbinellidae, Ptychatractidae and Volutidae
- A short description of 485 species (including micro-molluscs)
- Highlights of distinguishing features
- Colour photographs of each shell (front & back view)
- Morphological variation within species, if significant
- Illustrations of 155 type specimens
- Data on distribution and habitat
- Type data of each species
- A restricted bibliography of relevant scientific journals
- A classification of South African molluscs
- A checklist of species and variations discussed
- A glossary of scientific terms used in the text
- A comprehensive cross-reference index of species
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