Living Muricidae of the World
by Roland Houart
ISBN 978-3-93-9767-59-6 published in 2014 by ConchBooks, Germany, hard bound in laminated boards, A4 size 21 by 29.5 cm. (8¼ by 11¾) inches, 197 pages including 81 page size, full color photographic plates with black and white drawings, SEM scans and black and white photos throughout the textThis is the first volume of what we hope will be a series on the Muricidae. In this volume, the author who is a recognized researcher specializing in this family covers the shells in 6 genera of the Muricinae, the Murex, Promurex, Haustellum, Bolinus, Vokesimurex and Siratus. The shells are fully illustrated in high quality color plates and often include in the shell's descriptions additional material used to support the author's systematics. We doubt that there ever will be two authors that agree about the speciaition and the taxonomic placements of the variable shells in this family. But Roland presents in this book convincing material for his placements. The book is thoroughly researched and it is an excellent and important contribution to the literature of these molluscs.