Moluscos Representativos de la Plataforma de Margarita Venezuela
Descripcion de 24 Especies Nuevas
by Oliver Macsotay & Regulo Campos Villarroel
2001, Editora Revolta, Venezuela, paper covers, perfect binding, about 21 by 27.5cm (about 8¼ by 10¾ inches) 205 pages plus 32 page size plate and their keys in b/w photos and drawings, with maps, in Spanish
This is another of those books on the shells of the north coast of South America that is extremely difficult to get in the USA. We've tried many times in the past without success to get copies of this book for our inventory and this is the fist copy that we've managed to get. It is a study of many of the mollusks found on the Margarita Shelf of Venezuela which lies offshore of the mainland and is almost where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet. There are several land masses in this area notably Margarita island and Los Roques Islands but the major part of the area is a submerged shelf. This book introduces 24 new species from this area and makes this an important reference work to those interested in the shells of the Caribbean region. There are thoroughly written descriptions of all of the species listed in this book but they require more than a rudimentary knowledge of Spanish to understand them. The illustrations are in black and white and are a mixture of drawings and of photographs. These illustrations are sufficient for the most part but in some the detail is lost. Given the economic situation in Venezuela when this book was written we should be grateful to have anything like this book available to us. This is a used copy and it has a slight ripple in its pages along the top corners which in no way effects anything in it text or its plates. It comes with its errata sheets loose inside the front cover..