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West African Seashells

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Identification & classification of more than 2300 shells (phylum mollusca) from West Africa
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West African Seashells
by R. Ardovini and T. Cossignani



Published in  2004  by L'Informatore Piceno, Ancona, Italy, bound in laminated boards(case bound), 316 pages about 8.5 by 11.75 inches (21.5 by 30 cm) illustrated throughout in color with large size phographs and some black and white drawings

This book nicely fills the gap that existed in available shell literature covering West African marine mollusk. It makes a welcome addition to anyone’s shell library. The geographic area that the book covers are the Eastern Atlantic from North Africa to Senegal and include the offshore islands. This book illustrates 2300 shells from this region and over 2000 of them are pictured in color. There is a brief discussion of each family and then the shells belonging to that family are illustrated.  Each species is illustrated with its name and with the name of the country where the specimen was found. The authors have chosen to omit the names of the authors of the species names and the year on which they were described. This is a minor concern since this information can readily be found in other publications or on a website such as WORMS.org.

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