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This well-illustrated book highlights freshwater mussels' fabulous diversity, amazing array of often bizarre ecological adaptations, and their dire conservation plight. Summarizing and synthesizing historical and contemporary information as well as original research and analysis, the book describes the diverse array of mussel life history strategies and builds a cohesive narrative culminating in the development of explicit frameworks to explain pervasive patterns in mussel ecology. The fascinating and colorful role of mussels in human society is also described in detail, including the little-known pearl button industry of the early 1900s and the wild and often violent shell harvest of the 1990s. The final chapter details humans' efforts to save these fascinating animals and gives a prognosis for the future of the North American fauna. The book provides the first comprehensive review of mussel ecology and conservation for scientists, natural resource professionals, students, and natural history enthusiasts.Read more
- Comprehensive review of a wide variety of topics in mussel ecology and conservation
- Beyond simple review of available literature and provides original analysis and synthesis of information
- Provides in-depth and engaging narratives pertaining to human uses of mussels and other items of broad natural history interest
- Book is well-illustrated including many never or rarely seen images
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"This well-illustrated book... provides the first comprehensive review of mussel ecology and conservation for scientists, natural resource professionals, students and natural history enthusiasts. A must have for those with a technical interest in North American freshwater mussels."
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"Scholarly, clearly written, timely, and synthetic, this book emphasizes its subtitle's first two topics."
is the first comprehensive modern review of natural history, biology, ecology and conservation of these highly endangered animals. This it the book I would have loved to have had as a graduate student first becoming interested in freshwater mussels. I highly recommend this volume to all biologists working with freshwater mussels in any capacity including conservation, captive propagation, and biology and community ecology. It should be on the bookshelf of all freshwater biologists. I also recommend this volume to any person with questions or an interest in learning more about this highly endangered group of animals."
Arthur E. Bogan, North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences for Freshwater Science
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- Date Published: August 2012
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521199384
- length: 519 pages
- dimensions: 258 x 183 x 29 mm
- weight: 1.1kg
- contains: 123 b/w illus. 21 colour illus. 3 maps 30 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Introduction to mussels and mussel ecology
2. Catching the mussel bug: a history of the study of mussel ecology in North America
3. Diversity and biogeography
4. Aquatic habitats and mussel assemblages
5. Host use and host infection strategies
6. These are very different animals: life history variation in mussels
7. Mussel population biology
8. Putting it all together: explaining patterns of mussel assemblage structure
9. Human exploitation of mussels
10. The decline of the North American mussel fauna: chronology and causes
11. Mussel conservation: the challenge of protecting a fragmented resource.
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