The Light and Smith Manual

The Light and Smith Manual

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qAn immensely useful manual with many attractive features: comprehensive and lucid keys, precise diagrams, annotated checklists and up-to-date references. ... there is no doubt that it should be seen as an example of the type of manual which is so badly needed in the study of the fauna of many shores around the world.q--qJournal of Animal Ecologyq qCongratulations to the editors, contributors, and publisher for a job well done. The third edition has been rewritten, corrected, and enlarged, so that while retaining the basic organization of the earlier ones, it is more useful, informative and up-to-date. The meticulous scholarship of Smith and Carlton is just what the revision needed.q--qSystematic Zoologyq qThis revision should serve for many years. It is therefore particularly commendable that the editing has been meticulous, perhaps flawless. ... thanks are due to the many contributors for a job well done.q--qThe Quarterly Review of Biologyq qAs the Pacific Coast intertidal zone undergoes increasingly profound changes, knowing the sentinel invertebrates can foretell the future of the sea, and hence, of our species. Jim Carlton's hefty new update of qThe Light a Smith Manual, q the comprehensive compendium of who's who between the tides, is the best and quickest way to do so.q--Elliot A. Norse, President, Marine Conservation Biology Institute qThis much-anticipated modernization of qLight's Manualq is an astonishing accomplishment, blending state-of-the-art taxonomy with profusely illustrated and user-friendly keys to who's whom on marine shores from its stated boundaries of mid-California through Oregon, and clearly, much further north. It's also an informative, well referenced read. Marine biologists should not leave home without it.q--Robert Paine, Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of Washington qAt this time of environmental change and loss of biodiversity, species identification has never been more important. The fourth edition of Light and Smith is more than just a field guide--it is a masterwork of research and description with a strong focus on morphological detail. No other book has such a broad scope, newly expanded to include even the most obscure taxa. The revised keys and beautiful anatomical illustrations make this classic guide more indispensable than ever. As taxonomists become extinct, there are fewer students to receive the vast body of knowledge accumulated by generations of careful study. I hope that the beauty and depth of this guide will inspire a generation of young scientists to continue this critical taxonomic work. It will have a place of honor in all marine labs.q--Paul K. Dayton, Scripps Institution of Oceanography... and wide, often tending to appear taller than a hemisphere and uniformly rounded; with up to 40 radial canals reaching the margin and about the same number of tentacles (southern California) (plate 55C) Proboscidactyla occidentalis 37.

Title:The Light and Smith Manual
Author: Sol Felty Light, James T. Carlton
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2007

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