By Alan J. Kohn
Conus is the biggest genus of animals within the sea, taking place through the world's tropical and subtropical oceans and contributing considerably to marine biodiversity. The shells of those marine mollusks are prized for his or her remarkable type and remarkable good looks. The neurotoxic venoms they produce—injected by way of a hole, harpoon-like teeth into prey animals which are then paralyzed and swallowed whole—have various pharmaceutical functions, from painkillers to antidepressants. This fantastically illustrated ebook identifies fifty three legitimate species of the southeastern usa and the Caribbean, a sector that helps a various yet taxonomically difficult crew of Conus. Introductory chapters disguise the evolution and phylogeny of the genus, and notes on method are supplied. exact species money owed describe key id gains, taxonomy, distribution, ecology, toxicology, lifestyles historical past, and evolutionary relationships. The publication comprises greater than 2,100 photographs of shells on 109 greatest colour plates; greater than a hundred extra photographs, many depicting reside animals in colour; and 35 colour distribution maps.
- Identifies fifty three legitimate species—the first reassessment of western Atlantic Conus in additional than seventy years
- Features greater than 2,100 photographs of shells on 109 colour plates
- Blends the normal shell-character method of identity with state-of-the-art shell and radular teeth morphometrics and molecular genetic analyses
- Includes colour pictures of reside animals in addition to colour distribution maps
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