Light's Manual: Intertidal Invertebrates of the Central California Coast: S. F. Light's Laboratory and Field Text in Invertebrate Zoology, Fourth printing, corrected and updated 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0520021136
ISBN-10: 0520021134
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  • Hardcover: 716 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 3rd edition (March 28, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520021134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520021136
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,947,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alan R. Holyoak on May 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Even though the latest edition was published in 1975, Light's manual is still a "must have" for the west coast naturalist. This book contains taxonomic keys and information about the majority of intertidal invertebrate animals that live along the California Coast.
The keys have supplementary illustrations that help the reader figure out what animal is in their bucket, or in the tide pool at their feet.
There are entries that are unavoidably out of date due to the publication date. The reliability and usefulness of the taxonomic keys and supporting information in this book, however, still ring true.
A wonderful reference book to the invertebrates of California.
The only reason I didn't give the book 5 stars was that its publication year (1975) is causing its contents to slip out of date.
Anyone up for putting together a new edition?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Robertson on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
The much awaited new edition of this book should be out by the summer of 2007. The old edition's taxonomy has gotten rather dated. This new edition will be a must for serious marine biologists who want to identify California's wonderfully diverse marine invertebrate fauna.
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This is a very useful book for the serious field naturalist, biologist, or zoologist who is primarily concerned with species identification. I was able to utilize this book to key out many species accurately. Unfortunately, with the science of phylogeny changing on a regular basis, it is helpful to use the most current version of this book. In any case, this book contains specific and comprehensive information about intertidal invertebrates; any version of this book is an essential component of the naturalist's collection.
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