Malacologia Mediterranea / Mediterranean Malacology
Atlas of Mediterranean Seashells
by T. Cossignani & R. Ardovani
in collaboration with A. Cecalupo, P. Micali, M. Tisselli & V. Cossignani
ISBN 97888860702632011, published in 2011, by L'Informatore Piceno, Ancona, Italy, in laminated boards, A4 size (About 20.5 by 30cm) about 8 by 11¼ inches, 536 pages illustrated with 7500 color photographs of shells usually several species on a full-size page, the text is in Italian and English
It has been a good number of years since we've had a major work on the mollusks from the Mediterranean Sea and this new book is a superb addition to the literature on the marine mollusks living in the Mediterranean Sea. As an atlas and an iconography, this book is without equal. There are more than 7500 sharply detailed color photographs of the mollusks in all classes found in these waters from the common species found in shallow water to the very rare shells from the depths of the sea. In the introductory section, we find a systematic list of classification of all of these species and the Atlas that follows presents us with some introductory material and an overview of each family which is followed with excellent photos of the species in the family with brief information (name, size and the general area where collected). The text is in Italian and in English. This a new copy of this book but it has a few very small bumps on the corner edges of the front cover.