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Shumway and Parsons (2006) , Scallops Morely (2004) New Zealand Seashells
Helm (2005) Hatchery Culture of Bivalves: A Practical Manual Stott (2005) Oyster
Strayer, and Smith (2003) Sampling freshwater mussels Alexandrowicz (2004) Fossil Molluscs in Poland
Tebble 2005 British Bivalve Seashells CD Egorev (2005) Treasure of Russian shells.
Cameron, et al (2005) Land mollusc diversity. Schutt (2005) Turkish land snails
Sturm et al (2006) The Mollusks (practical guide)  


Scallops: Biology, Ecology and Aquaculture
New Edition.
Developments in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science 35 series
1500 pages / Hardcover / £122.00 / approx. $222/€177 ISBN: 0444504826 Elsevier

Scallops are of great economic importance, support both commercial fisheries and mariculture efforts and occupy a unique niche in the marine environment. Contributions from world leaders in scallop research and culture cover all facets of scallop biology including anatomy, taxonomy, physiology, ecology, larval biology and neurobiology. Chapters are also devoted to diseases and parasites, genetics, population dynamics and the adductor muscle, with extensive reference lists provided for each chapter.
Since the publication of the first edition in 1991, commercial interest in scallops has grown globally and this reflected in the seventeen extensive chapters covering both fisheries and aquaculture for all species of scallops in all countries where they are fished or cultured. The Second Edition is the only comprehensive treatise on the biology of scallops and is the definitive reference source for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, mariculturists, managers and researchers. It is a valuable reference for anyone interested in staying abreast of the latest advances in scallops.


Hatchery Culture of Bivalves: A Practical Manual
200 pages / Softcover / £37.00 / approx. $68/€54 / ISBN: 9251052247 Food and Agriculture Organisation

This manual is a synthesis of current methodologies pertinent to the intensive hatchery culture of bivalve molluscs. It encompasses both the similarities and differences in approach in rearing clams, oysters and scallops in different climatic zones. All aspects of the culture process are described, together with basic considerations in choosing a site for hatchery development and in the design of a suitable facility. It also includes the post-hatchery handling of larvae in remote setting and also of spat in both land- and sea-based nurseries. This document is intended to assist both technicians entering the field as well as entrepreneurs researching investment opportunities in bivalve culture.


A guide to sampling freshwater mussel populations
American Fisheries Society Monograph, 8: xi + 103 pp. Bethesda, Maryland (American Fisheries Society). ISBN 1-888569-506.


British Bivalve Seashells CD
CD book for Windows and Mac, with fully searchable text and navigation. / £22.91 / approx. $42/€34 / ISBN: 1904690378 / Pisces Conservation

Norman Tebble's "British Bivalve Seashells" was first published in 1966, with a second edition 10 years later. With black and white text-figures by Cynthia O'Brien, and 12 colour plates by J.V. Brown, this small volume provides both a excellent introduction for the beginner, and a valuable reference work for experienced amateurs and professionals. The clear and practical nature of the text and keys, and the quality of the illustrations, make this work invaluable for anyone wishing to study bivalves.
Pisces Conservation are releasing "British Bivalve Seashells" on CD with the permission of the Natural History Museum, London. The CD is for Windows PCs and Macs, with fully searchable text and hyperlinks for ease of navigation. The quality of reproduction of illustrations and text is excellent. The books are in Adobe Acrobat pdf format (with free Reader software supplied), allowing high-quality printing of the text and plates.


Pattern and process in land mollusc diversity
Records of the Western Australian Museum, Supplement 68: 157 pp. Perth (Western Australian Museum). ISBN 1-920843-25-6.

Table of contents:
R.A.D. CAMERON, B.M. POKRYSZKO & F.E. WELLS: Alan SOLEM'S work on the diversity of Australasian land snails: an unfinished project of global significance; pp. 1-10.
F. NAGGS & D. RAHEEM: Sri Lankan snail diversity: faunal origins and future prospects; pp. 11-30.
N.A. ARAVIND, K,P. RAJASHEKHAR & N.A. MADHY ASTHA: Species diversity, endemism and distribution of land snails of the Western Ghats, India; pp. 31-38.
J.C. NEKOLA: Geographic variation inrichness and shell size of eastern North American land snail communities; pp. 39-52.
G.M. BARKER: The character of the New Zealand land snail fauna and communities: some evolutionary and ecological perspective; pp. 53-102.
M.B. SEDDON, P. TATTERSFIELD, D.G. HERBERT, B. ROWSON, C.N. LANGE, C. NGEREZA, C.M. WARUI & J.A. ALLEN: Diversity of African forest mollusc faunas: what have we learned since SOLEM (1984); pp. 103-114.
B.M. POKRYSZKO & R.A.D. CAMERON: Geographical variation in the composition and richness of forest snail faunas in northern Europe; pp. 115-132.
K.A. TRIANTIS, K. VARDINOYANNIS & M. MYLONAS: Area and habitat relationships in island land snail faunas: an Aegean case study exploring the charas model; pp. 133142.
A.M. DE FRIAS MARTINS: The shaping of a species the Azorian Drouetia Gude (Pulmonata: Zonitidae: Oxychilus) as a model; pp. 143- 157.


The Mollusks: A Guide to their Study, Collection and Preservation
A vastly expanded and updated version of the 1974 107pp ‘How to study and collect shells’ by AMU.

445 pp, 101 fig. 29 international contributors with chapters on collecting and cleaning shells, digital and film imaging, dredging, cladistics and molecular techniques. 31 chapters incl. Chapters on the seven extant classes.
$35.95. Information at
The publisher, American Malacological Society, is a not-for-profit organization. Revenue from the book will help defray costs of scientific program, student scholarships and grants. AMS earns more from sales via the publisher than through commercial ventures.


A Photographic Guide to Seashells of New Zealand
Photographic Guides Series (New Holland Natural History) Series. New Holland Publishers
143 pages, col photos, b/w line illus, map. Softcover / £7.99 / approx. $15/€12 / ISBN: 869660447

This book is a guide for anyone interested in identifying and learning about shells. The well-known name seashell in the title refers to marine molluscs; it includes chitons, bivalves, tusk shells, gastropods and species without shells such as octopus. Most of the common shells are described, plus a few rare ones. The book contains colour photographs illustrating key identification features of 165 species. The compact size, and easy-to-use format make this the ideal pocket size travelling companion.


224 pages, 100 illustrations, 30 in colour. Reaktion Books Animal Series
Softcover / £12.95 / approx. $24/€19 / ISBN: 1861892217

Excellent cultural history of the oyster, brimful of anecdote.
Oysters are the ultimate aphrodisiac: Casanova is said to have eaten 50 raw oysters every morning with his mistress of the moment, in a bathtub designed for two. Whether oysters truly have exciting properties is open to debate, but like all seafoods, they contain high amounts of phosphorus and iodine, which are believed to be conducive to stamina. Author and food expert M.F.K. Fisher wrote: "There are many reasons why an oyster is supposed to have this desirable quality ... Most of them are physiological, and have to do with an oyster's odour, its consistency, and probably its strangeness.'
As well as an aphrodisiac, the oyster has since the earliest times been an inspiration to philosophers, artists, poets, chefs, gourmets, epicures and jewellers. It has been pursued by poachers and thieves, and defended by oyster-police and parliaments.
In Oyster, literary historian and radio broadcaster Rebecca Stott tells the extraordinary story of the oyster and its pearl, revealing how this curious creature has been used and depicted in human culture and what it has various meant to those who have either loved or loathed it: the Romans carried much sought-after British oysters across the Alps on the backs of donkeys to be eaten as delicacies at banquets in Rome, whilst by contrast Woody Allen once famously said "I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead - not sick, not wounded - dead'.
Using many unusual images and anecdotes, Oyster will appeal to oyster lovers and haters everywhere, and for those too who have an interest in the way animals such as the oyster have woven themselves into the fabric of our culture.
"This new series promises to be addictive.'- Desmond Morris


Molluscan assemblages of Late Glacial and Holocene calcareous Tufas in southern Poland
Folia Quaternaria, 72: 3-309. Krak6w. ISSN OO15-573X.

EGOROV, E. 2005

Treasure of Russian shells. Supplement 3

A review of the genera of the recent terrestrial pectinibranch molluscs (synopsis mainly based on published data).
Part 1. Neritopsiformes. Hydrocenoidei, Helicinoidei. - Moscow: 58 pp. ISSN 10252517.

SCHUTT, H. 2005

Turkish land snails

4th, revised and enlarged edition. - Solingen (Verlag Natur & Wissenschaft): 559 pp. ISBN 3-93661637-X.