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By Margaret A. Leslie

The introduction provides a useful survey of the environmental conditions encountered by the organisms of the rocky shore, and the reader is introduced to some of the problems as well as to the advantages of living in such surroundings. This allows the reader to see the animals in relation to a particular habitat rather than as a collection of unrelated and structurally distinct organisms.

There is also much useful information in the appendix on methods used in studying such an area. This includes a list of equipment, needed, methods of constructing a quadrat and transect, sampling, recording results, and notes on the preservation of organisms. The methods are outlined concisely but in sufficient detail to allow students to carry out their investigations without the close supervision of someone more experienced.

As the title indicates, the major part of the book is devoted to a description of the more common animals of the rocky shore. They are grouped according to phylum: the distinctive features of each phylum are described and any technical terms are explained. A particularly pleasant feature of the book is that on the page facing the written description of any organism is a labelled diagram with a scale included. The textual description which emphasises the distinguishing features of an organism, together with the illustration should enable the student to identify the organism quite easily. There are no photographs but this deficiency is offset by the clarity of the diagrams.

Hardback - 128 pages

Published 1968

Book in very good condition - inscription on front endpaper, dust jacket shows wear and has a couple of tears Please click here to ask a question
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