Beachcomber's Guide to Gulf Coast Marine Life: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida

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Taylor Trade Publications, Jan 1, 2004 - Nature - 200 pages
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This updated guide provides the latest findings about the biology and ecology of the Gulf of Mexico. It reflects the effects of recent storms and hurricanes, and includes an expanded chapter on sea turtles. Hundreds of detailed drawings introduce you to more than 300 marine creatures commonly found along the beaches and bays of this area. Easy-to-read descriptions explain the taxonomic feeding, mating, and migratory habits of these coastal residents. In addition, this guide tells you about many offshore creatures, such as oysters, shrimp, and lobsters, and the numerous animals that inhabit the subsea oil platforms.
  

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The book I recieved was in pristine condition and arrived very quickly. it has been very helpful in my invertebrate zoology class for identifying local specimens. Not the most entertaining book on the market, but then again, it isn't really intended to be. ... Read full review

Contents

General Shore and Faunal Features
1
The Fauna
4
Invertebrate Taxa
5
Jetties and Groins
9
The Ubiquitous Barnacles
10
FleetFooted Scavengers
11
Oyster Drills and Hermit Crabs
12
Flowers in the Crevices
14
Invisible Grass Shrimp
70
The Bay Shore Mudflats
71
Clams for Food Roads and Barter
73
Mud Crabs and Mud Shrimp
74
Delicate Ribbon Worms
75
Augers Drills and Moon Snails
76
Hermit Crabs on the Bay Shore
77
Life in the Seagrass Meadow
79

Crabs and Shrimp on the jetty
15
Migration of the Sea Hare
16
Spiny Delicacies
17
Jetty Animals That Resemble Plants
18
Sandy Beaches
21
Life on the Upper Beach
22
Life on the Littoral Beach
24
Snails That Leave Trails
25
Worms in the Surf Zone
27
Life Below the Littoral Zone
28
Yellow and Purple Whips
30
Snails
31
Clams
32
The Edible Blue Crab and Its Kin
34
Spider Crabs
37
Flotsam and Jetsam
39
Portuguese ManofWar
40
Purple Sailors and Bubble Rafts
41
Onions from the Sea
42
A DeepSea Castaway
45
Offshore Bottoms The Shrimp Grounds
46
The Ubiquitous Fauna
47
Nearshore Worms and Neighbors
50
Spring Bloomers
53
Shrimp for the Table and Aquarium
55
CrabsLike Hermits and Frogs
58
Creatures to Entice the Sea Lover
60
The Elusive Octopus
62
The Bay Shore Salt Marshes
63
Mussels and Worms in the Mud
65
Fiddler Crabs and More Fiddler Crabs
66
Key to the Fiddler Crabs of the Northwestern Gulf Coast
67
Life in the Marsh Debris
68
Land Crabs
69
Clams and Scallops of the Grass Beds
81
The Inconspicuous Cucumber
83
Tusks and Bubbles
84
Artificial Reef Habitats
86
Barnacles Upon Barnacles
87
Add Soft Colors and Textures
88
Serpentine and Mossy Forms
89
Denizens of the Crevices
94
Pillbugs Crabs and Sea Spiders
95
Clams Oysters and Mussels
98
Oyster Reefs
102
Reef Inhabitants
103
Oyster Predators
104
Oysters as Shelter
105
Shell Habitats
107
Shell Inhabitants
108
Bryozoans Sponges and Scaleworms
109
Anemones and Flatworms
110
Plankton and Nekton
112
Sea Nettles Sea Wasps and Sea Walnuts
113
Nekton
117
Turtles
119
Loggerhead Turtles Caretta caretta
123
Green Turtles Chelonia my das
127
Kemps Ridley Turtles Lepidochelys kempii
134
Leatherback Turtles Dermochelys coriacea
137
Hawksbill Turtles Eretmochelys imbricata
141
A Note on Biological Terminology
144
Phylogenetic List
145
Glossary
152
Bibliography
156
Index
172
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Susan B. Rothschild, Ph.D., a resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts, has worked in the U.S. fisheries management, water quality assessment of Chesapeake Bay, and U.S. environment regulation at local levels. Nick Fotheringham, Ph.D., has taught marine biology and invertebrate zoology at the University of Houston and the University of Texas. He is a resident of Thousand Oaks, California.

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