REVIEWS C. L ITTLE , 2000. The biology of soft shores and estuaries: 1-252. (Biology of Habitats; Oxford University Press, Oxford). ISBN 0 19 850427 6 (Hbk), ISBN 0 19 850426 8 (Pbk). Price paperback £19.50 or US$ 44.50. In the series Biology of Habitats, a book has been published on shores and estuaries worldwide, a habitat where carcinologists are born, because of the dominant occurrence of species of nearly every group of crustaceans. Many people who later became biologists or naturalists, met crustaceans there for the first time. Therefore, a book describing the various aspects of this habitat is interesting for most carcinologists. The information in the book is presented in eleven chapters. An introductory chapter deals with organisms, sediments, and water movements. This is followed by a chapter on the sediment particles that create a variety of habitats. Chapter 3 deals with life on sandy beaches; chapter 4 with a fine option: life on mudflats and in seagrass beds; chapter 5 is on saltmarshes and mangrove swamps; chapter 6 on life at the bottom: sublittoral sediments and community structure. These chapters are followed by four chapters dealing with estuarine habitats, viz., estuarine habitats and coastal lagoons, the estuarine benthos and its distribution, life in the estuarine water column, and estuarine ecosystems. Chapter 11 treats uses and abuses: human impacts and counter-measures. Each chapter ends with a section on the techniques used. Subsequently, there are appendices entitled Further reading, References, Glossary, a Brief classification of selected organisms (illustrated!), and an Index. Although there are many books dealing with only one of these habitats or with a particular area or region, this overview is refreshing. Everywhere one can find interesting information. Habitats are compared on many aspects, field experiments are described, and most information is presented as answers on ecological questions that are presented as such everywhere throughout the book. Furthermore, in all systems treated in the various chapters, crustaceans play a main role. The book is also richly illustrated: graphs nearly always include a picture of the species involved. Therefore, the book is very useful for teachers and students at secondary schools as well as at universities, but also for everybody involved in marine science to get a wider scope on the subject. The information is up to date until 2000 and the book thus presents the state of the art at the turn of the century. The present book is complementary with “The biology of rocky shores” written by the same author and published in the same series. G. VAN DER V ELDE Dept. of Animal Ecology and Ecophysiology, Institute for Water and Wetland Ecology Radboud University Nijmegen, Toernooiveld 1 NL-6525 ED Nijmegen, The Netherlands e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org P. H ERRING , 2002. The biology of the deep ocean: 1-314. (Biology of Habitats; Oxford University Press, Oxford). ISBN 0-19 854955 5. Paperback. Price £ 24.95 or US$ 44.50. The deep sea forms the most extensive, but also the most inaccessible ecosystem on earth. The present book, in the series Biology of Habitats, deals with this ecosystem and its organisms, © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 Crustaceana 81 (7): 895[-896] Also available online: www.brill.nl/cr
Crustaceana – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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