Shells of the Hawaiian Islands - 2 volume set
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Shells of the Hawaiian Islands
The Sea Shells
by Mike Severns

2011, Conchbooks, Hackenheim, Germany, set of two volumes in slip case, laminated boards, A4 size (about 21 by 29.5cm.)  about 8¼ by 11½ inches, 1024  pages, 411 page size color photographic plates 16 full size color plates in addendum, also maps, charts and illustrations of  the  living mollusks in their habitat

A superb reference set that belongs on library of anyone interested in mollusks

The Land Shells
by Mike Severns

2011, Conchbooks, Hackenheim, Germany, laminated boards, A4 size (about 21 by 29.5cm.)  about 8¼ by 11½ inches, 459 pages, 186 page size color photographic plates 5 full size color plates in addendum, also maps, charts and illustrations of  the shells' habitat.

This is nothing less than an amazing work and it is the only work that has recently been done on the varied and unusual endemic species of land and freshwater mollusks that are endemic to the Hawaiian Islands. Many of these species show complex variations that are fully illustrated and described. In all there are 3117 images of these  in this book. The introductory section is extremely well written and is essential to the understanding of the descriptions and the illustrations that follow. The descriptions that are keyed to the plates are succinct but more than adequate. They contain the name of the species (including author and date), a size for the illustrated shell, a distribution range and a citation for the location of the shell. Many holotypes are included.  This book can be purchased separately for $150.00. 


This is fabulous and it is the only  complete work that has recently been done on the varied and unusual endemic species of marine mollusks of all classes mollusks that are found off  the Hawaiian Islands. Many of these species show complex variations that are fully illustrated and described and several new species are named in this book. In all there are 2828  images of these shells  in this book. The introductory section is extremely well written and is essential to the understanding of the descriptions and the illustrations that follow. The descriptions that are keyed to the plates are succinct but more than adequate. They contain the name of the species (including author and date), a size for the illustrated shell, a distribution range and a citation for the location of the shell. A unimaginable amount of work has gone into this book and I think that a great deal of thanks should be given to the author for his dedication in bringing out this book and to share his extensive knowledge of these mollusks with us.  This book can be purchased separately for $190.00



  

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