The Freshwater Bivalves of China
by He Jing & Zhuang Zimin
ISBN 9783939767541, 2013, published by ConchBooks, Germany, hardcover laminated boards with sewn binding, 198 pages A4 size, about 21 by 31.5cm, (8Ã‚Â¼ by 11Ã‚Â½ inches), including 389 figures most in color photo by also some in line drawings and black and white photos as well.
This book is a great guide to the 126 species of Bivalve mollusks (from a list of more than 1000 species that have been named) from the rivers and lakes of China. It includes coverage of seven families and the descriptions of five new species are included in this work. This is the first book covering these shells since 1979 when a work containing 44 species was written in Chinese by Liu Yueying. The need for this book is therefore quite obvious and quite welcome. The husband and wife authors have tried to illustrate type shells where possible as well as original figures when types were not available. There are very clear, well written descriptions to go with the illustrations of the shells. The book is an example of some of the fine malacological work coming from China these days and it is a work in which the authors can take considerable pride in having made this information available to us.