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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Oregon State University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870716859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870716850
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,444 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

Terrestrial mollusks, the second largest phylum in the animal kingdom, are vitally important to the earth’s ecology. With the publication of Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest, a definitive and comprehensive guide to snails and slugs of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Montana is finally available. 

Primarily an identification guide, this richly illustrated volume offers complete information on the range of terrestrial mollusk shapes, sizes, and characteristics. It presents an overview of their habitat requirements as well as details of land snail and slug ecology, collection and preservation methods, and biogeography. 

Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest is an essential reference for biologists, horticulturalists, gardeners, and naturalists, and anyone wishing to identify species in the field.

About the Author

Thomas E. Burke is a retired U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist who has worked extensively with terrestrial mollusks, on the Northwest Forest Plan Survey and Management Program’s mollusk taxa team, in annual species reviews, and in developing management recommendations.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Baelzedood on June 26, 2013
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Mollusk field guides are entirely lacking in the United States. The public is blissfully unaware of the beauty beneath their feet, and often disdain snails and slugs as pests. Nothing could be further from the truth. They process surficial organic wastes and debris that otherwise would not become soil so quickly, stifling the growth of forests, to name but one small example. Indeed, from the perspective of species diversity and morphology, the Pacific Northwest possesses the highest diversity next to the Eastern US. The country is more difficult to access, and doubtless countless species await discovery. Having a book like this in the home will contribute to the discovery process as distinguishing snails and slugs is fraught with difficulty due to the near absence of keys based on external morphology, primarily because differences are highly subtle and require intense study. If there is one area I wish was improved, it was the presentation of live animals. Some species are photographed and presented well, but much of the book presents museum specimen shells. This is doubtless due to the relative scarcity of many species, requiring a great deal of time and some luck. It is a solid achievement nonetheless. Perhaps a future edition will have more in the way of animal photos, but the key is indispensable and quite usable even for an interested layperson.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cat Murphy on June 30, 2013
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While this is a very good, and much needed reference for Pacific Northwest mollusk species, it is lacking some details. First, most of the snail photos are of shells and not the snails themselves. When snails die, the shells can change color and it can be difficult to tell what species the snail is. It would be great to have photos of the living snails themselves as well as shells. Second, data on each species is very short and limited. There is little to no data regarding diet of the individual species. It would be great to have a little more detail on natural history, although it seems even in my own searches, there's been very little research regarding land gastropods here in the northwest. The range maps are an excellent resource, along with the keys and references. All in all, this is a very good reference book and hopefully will open doors to more research about these unique, little studied invertebrates.
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