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Seashells books and guides

Front cover, title, author and edition Personal comments
AML Autralian Marine Life (Revised Edition)

Author: G.J. EDGAR

Editor: NEW HOLLAND

Year published: 2005
A book that deal with southern Australia general marine life.
A good reference to understand the biology of a few mollusc species.
AUMS1 Australian Marine Shells - 1

Author: BARRY WILSON

Editor: ODYSSEY

Year published: 1993
A good range of Australian tropical and temperate gastropods.
The quality of the plates is very good.
AUMS2 Australian Marine Shells - 2

Author: BARRY WILSON

Editor: ODYSSEY

Year published: 1994
A good range of tropical and temperate Australian gastropods.
The quality of the plates is very good.
BOA1 Bivalves of Australia Volume 1

Author: K. LAMPRELL & T.WHITEHEAD

Editor: CRAWFORD HOUSE PRESS

Year published: 1992
The best compilation of Australian bivalves.
This volume does not deal with all families.
BOA2 Bivalves of Australia Volume 2

Author: K. LAMPRELL & J.HEALY

Editor: BACKHUYS PUBLISHERS

Year published: 1998
A amazing compilation of poorly known Australian bivalves. This volume covers the families that are not listed in volume 1.
Perhaps too many species for the non-bivalve expert who might be a bit puzzled or embarrassed when trying to identify his own shells.
CDRM Coquillages de La Réunion et de l'île Maurice

Author: J. DRIVAS & M. JAY

Editor: LES EDITIONS DU PACIFIQUE

Year published: 1993
A Regional catalog of south-western indopacific shells.
The pictures are not perfect but it is the reference for the Mascarene Islands seashells.
CDT Coquillages de Tahiti

Author: B. SALVAT. C. RIVES

Editor: DELACHAUX ET NIESTLE

Year published: 1995
A Regional catalog of French Polynesian seashells.
The pictures are not perfect but it is the reference for seashells from Tahiti and surrounding islands.
COS Compendium of Seashells

Author: R.T. ABBOTT & S.P. DANCE

Editor: ODYSSEY
A famous reference displaying a large range of worldwide species (more that 4000 species).
The trade-off is that the pictures are of poor quality and too small.
CPPDL Coquillages de Pays Pagan et Du Léon

Author: Association Brigoudou

Editor: Association Brigoudou

Year published: 2009
Nice booklet describing with accuracy some English Channel seashells and giving side informations about this region of France.
EOMG Encyclopedia Of Marine Gastropods

Author: Alain Robin

Editor: AFC - Conchbooks

Year published: 2008
This new reference illustrates an exceptional number of worldwide gastropods species (5200). Photographs are very good but no species descriptions are provided.
ES1 European Seashells Volume 1

Author: G.T. POPPE & Y. GOTO

Editor: VERLAG CHRISTIA HEMMEN

Year published: 1991
The reference for the European gastropods.
The geographical range extends from Norway to Morocco and into the Mediterranean. It covers both species and variations of gastropods.
The only inconvenient is that the description pages are not listed on the plates making the browsing a bit laborious.
ES2 European Seashells Volume 2

Author: G.T. POPPE & Y. GOTO

Editor: VERLAG CHRISTIA HEMMEN

Year published: 1991
The reference for the European bivalves.
The geographical range extends from Norway to Morocco and into the Mediterranean.
No browsing problem on that one.
FS Collectible Florida Shells

Author: R.T. ABBOTT

Editor: AMERICAN MALACOLOGISTS
A good small book that will help you out to find and identify common and nice species from Florida.
GDCDA Guide des Coquillages des Antilles

Author: J.P. POINTIER & D. LAMY

Editor: PLB EDITIONS

Year published: 2000
A recent guide to Carribean marine shells. The species are well illustrated with sometime live animal pictures.
Unfortunately, lots of common species are just listed. without image or description.
GDCM Guide des coquillages marins

Author: GERT LINDER

Editor: DELACHAUX ET NIESTLE

Year published: 1976
That guide is a bit outdated but it remains as a very good mollusc reference and worldwide shells catalog that cover about 1200 species.
The quality of the plates is still impressive.
MCAFC Mitridae Costellariidae

Author: A. ROBIN & J.C. MARTIN

Editor: AFC - Conchbooks

Year published: 2004
No comment so far…
MM Molluscos Magallanicos

Author: D. O. FORCELLI

Editor: VASQUEZ MAZZINI

Year published: 2000
The only reference that deals with the Southern South America species.
It is in spanish but the author did a very good job is cataloging these species that are neither well known or nicely looking.
MSSEZ Marine Shells Of The Seychelles

Author: Alan G. JARRETT

Editor: Carole Green Publishing

Year published: 2000
A regional book about Seychelles marine shells. Specie illustrations are large and descriptions are good.
Unfortunately the species number is limited to what can be commonly found and, still, a few common species are missing.
NAS Field Guide to North American Seashells

Author: H.A. REHDER

Editor: KNOPF

Year published: 1981
A good amount of North America species with nice photographs.
The shape classification is unusal and an interesting initiative but it is not always relevant.
I regret that no information about the specie author is provided.
ONLC L'Oeil Nature - Les Coquillages

Author: S.P. DANCE

Editor: BORDAS
A nice little book with selected collectible species from everywhere.
The specie description is really detailed and points on differenciation characteristics.
I appreciate the minimap and the abundance index for each specie.
TOMLSA Two Oceans. A guide to the marine life of southern Africa

Author: Branch. Griffiths & Beckley

Editor: Struik Nature

Year published: 2010
The chapter about the intertidal molluscs that may occurs all around South Africa is well illustrated and most of the species are commented.
WAS West African Seashells

Author: R. ARDOVINI & T. COSSIGNANI

Editor: L'Informatore Piceno
No comment so far.
COB1 Compendium of bivalves

Author: Markus Huber

Editor: ConchBooks

Year published: 2010
The greatest worlwide bivalves compilation so far.
This volume does not deal with all families.
COB2 Compendium of bivalves 2

Author: Markus Huber

Editor: ConchBooks

Year published: 2015
The greatest worlwide bivalves compilation so far.
This volume deals with the families that were missing in the 1st volume.
SOTACG The seashells of Tasmania: a comprehensive guide

Author: Simon Grove

Editor: Taroona Publications

Year published: 2011
Booklet about Tasmania common shells. A nice picture and detailed information is provided for each species. Distribution in other Australian States is also given. Unfortunately the less frequent species are not illustrated. Perfect book to identify most Taz beached shells.
APGTSONZ A Photographic Guide to the Seashells of New Zealand

Author: Margaret Morley

Editor: New Holland Publisher

Year published: 2004
Small book about the largest and commonest species of New Zealand with details about their ecology. A decent reference for beginner that will not be enough for more advanced needs as many species are missing.

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