Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas: Their Ecology and Biodiversity is the first comprehensive overview of the ecology and biodiversity of the phylum Mollusca in the area of Florida extending from the Dry Tortugas and Ten Thousand Islands in the west to Palm Beach in the east. The book provides detailed analyses of molluscan faunas found in 20 different ecosystems, emphasizing the marine environments of the Florida Keys archipelago and its extensive coral reef tracts.
Full-page color illustrations portray living animals, unique Keys environments, underwater ecosystems, and satellite images. More than 1,200 species of macromollusks-in 86 gastropod families and 54 bivalve families-are recorded from the study area, with color plates illustrating over 550 of the region's most ecologically important species.
For the first time in any book on the malacology of the Florida Keys area, the 20 marine ecosystems and their associated molluscan assemblages are arranged by the CMECS (Coastal Marine Ecological Classification Standard) system. This system emphasizes the hierarchical relationships determined by substrate type, bathymetry, and water chemistry. Along with complete species lists for every molluscan assemblage, this handy guide introduces ten newly-discovered gastropods, including new species in the families Muricidae, Buccinidae, Nassariidae, Naticidae, Turritellidae, and Olividae. Two new bivalves in the families Pectinidae and Arcidae are also described in a special systematic appendix.
This richly illustrated book is written for the professional scientific audience interested in mollusks, marine ecology, evolution, and taxonomy as well as malacologists, naturalists, and shell collectors. It is also an ideal synoptic field guide, showing where individual species of mollusks can be found and within which ecosystems they occur.
Edward J. Petuch (Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton USA)
, Robert F. Myers (Coral Graphics/Seaclicks
Apple Academic Press Inc.
Country of Publication:
28 November 2014
Professional and scholarly
Marine ecosystems of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands: past and present Molluscan ecological research in the Florida Keys and adjacent areas Molluscan faunas of the ancestral Florida Keys Geomorphology of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands Marine ecological units of the Florida Keys and adjacent areas Molluscan assemblages of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands Molluscan faunas of the vegetated sediment shore macrohabitat (estuarine regime) Molluscan ecology of the Black Mangrove forests Biodiversity of the Melampus coffeus Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the Red Mangrove forests Biodiversity of the Crassostrea rhizophorae Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the supratidal hypersaline and brackish pools Biodiversity of the Cerithideopsis costatus Assemblage Molluscan faunas of the unvegetated rocky shore macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime) Molluscan ecology of the supratidal rocky outcrops Biodiversity of the Cenchritis muricatus Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the littoral rocky outcrops Biodiversity of the Nerita versicolor Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the sublittoral rocky outcrops Biodiversity of the Cerithium lutosum Assemblage Molluscan faunas of the vegetated softbottom macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime) Molluscan ecology of the Shoal Grass beds Biodiversity of the Bulla occidentalis Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the Turtle Grass beds Biodiversity of the Modulus calusa Assemblage Molluscan faunas of the unvegetated hardbottom macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime) Molluscan ecology of the sponge bioherms Biodiversity of the Cerodrillia clappi Assemblage Mollusks of the Yellow Mussel beds Molluscan ecology of the gorgonian forests Biodiversity of the Cyphoma rhomba Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the sublittoral exposed hardbottoms Biodiversity of the Bayericerithium litteratum Assemblage Molluscan faunas of the unvegetated softbottom macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime) Molluscan ecology of the intertidal open mudflats Biodiversity of the Batillaria minima Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the sublittoral open carbonate sand seafloors Biodiversity of the Polinices lacteus Assemblage Mollusks of the mixed carbonate sand and coral rubble seafloors Mollusks of the Palm Beach coastal lagoons Molluscan faunas of the coral reef tract macrohabitat and gastropod reef macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime) Molluscan ecology of the coral reef tract Biodiversity of the Stephanoconus regius Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the vermetid bioherms Biodiversity of the Vermetus nigricans Assemblage Molluscan faunas of the deep-reef talus macrohabitat (neritic regime) Biodiversity of the Cymatium rehderi Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the deep coral reef ledges Biodiversity of the Arca rachelcarsonae Assemblage Molluscan faunas of deep softbottom and pelagic macrohabitats (oceanic regime) Molluscan ecology of the deep coralline algal beds Biodiversity of the Chicoreus rachelcarsonae Assemblage Molluscan ecology of the deep softbottom terraces Biodiversity of the Rehderia schmitti Assemblage Mollusks of the open oceanic pleuston Biodiversity of the Janthina janthina Assemblage Tree snails of the Florida Keys Liguus tree snails of the Upper Florida Keys Liguus tree snails of the Middle and Lower Florida Keys Endemic orthalicid and bulimulid tree snails of the Florida Keys Bibliography Systematic Appendix: additions to the molluscan biodiversity of the Florida Keys List of macromollusks: Florida Keys and adjacent areas Ecologic, oceanographic, and geographic terms Illustrated specimens
Edward J. Petuch is a professor of geology in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where he teaches courses on oceanography, paleontology, and physical geology. When not collecting and studying mollusks in the Florida Keys or the nearby Lake Worth Lagoon, Petuch leads an active career as a musician, giving regular concerts on the pipe organ and playing the recorder and harpsichord in university chamber ensembles. Robert F. Myers has written or coauthored numerous scientific papers and popular articles on western Pacific fishes and several books. He has also developed an application for iPhones and iPads on Florida-Caribbean reef fish identification. Myers is currently working on a field guide to Florida and Caribbean marine life and serves on the coral reef fishes Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).