By Alan J. Kohn
Conus is the biggest genus of animals within the sea, happening during 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 outstanding type and outstanding good looks. The neurotoxic venoms they produce—injected via a hole, harpoon-like teeth into prey animals which are then paralyzed and swallowed whole—have a number pharmaceutical functions, from painkillers to antidepressants. This fantastically illustrated e-book identifies fifty three legitimate species of the southeastern usa and the Caribbean, a zone that helps a various yet taxonomically tough team of Conus. Introductory chapters hide the evolution and phylogeny of the genus, and notes on technique are supplied. targeted species money owed describe key identity positive factors, taxonomy, distribution, ecology, toxicology, lifestyles heritage, and evolutionary relationships. The booklet contains greater than 2,100 pictures of shells on 109 most excellent 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 images of shells on 109 colour plates
- Blends the normal shell-character method of identity with state of the art shell and radular enamel morphometrics and molecular genetic analyses
- Includes colour photos of stay animals in addition to colour distribution maps
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