Compendium of Marine Gastropods
by Alain Robin
ISBN 9783948603182, Brand New in 2021, published by ConchBooks, Harxheim, Germany and AFC, Paris, France, hardcover, about 8.25 by 12 inches, (21 by 30 cm.), 674 pages, fully illustrated in color
A note of consideration regarding this book is that there are a few plates where the color of the specimens shown in some of the figures appears to have a slight shift towards the red end of the color spectrum, giving them a slightly unnatural appearance. However, it is important to mention that we offer a hassle-free return policy, allowing customers to receive a full refund, including the return postage, if they are not satisfied with their purchase.
"Compendium of Marine Gastropods" by Alain Robin is an impressive and comprehensive work that goes beyond being a mere second edition of his earlier book, "Encyclopedia of Marine Gastropods" published in 2008. The new edition boasts a significant expansion in size, with 674 pages compared to the previous edition's 480 pages. It also encompasses a broader range of species, now covering over 6000 of them. Many of the newly added shells have been described since the release of the earlier book and are based on type material housed in the Paris Museum of Natural History.
One notable improvement in this edition is the book's revised format. The shells are presented in individual boxes on the plates, with the accompanying photo displaying the shell's name, size, and general locality information. Furthermore, for most species, multiple views are provided, making it much more user-friendly. In addition to these enhancements, the new book also includes necessary corrections and updates to the nomenclature used in the "Encyclopedia."
Overall, "Compendium of Marine Gastropods" is an invaluable resource for marine gastropod enthusiasts and researchers alike, offering a wealth of information and stunning illustrations. Despite a minor observation regarding the color representation on certain plates, this book remains a commendable addition to any malacological library.