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Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Sea Including Marine Invertebrates
Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Sea Including Marine Invertebrates
by Lawson Wood
Edition: Paperback
25 used & new from $12.03

2.0 out of 5 stars images ok, contents substandard, October 13, 2013
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First of all, the book is misnamed: there is more material on invertebrates than on fishes and the book includes non-fish vertebrates. And lagae, for that matter. Which is quite fine, just confusing. Images are also quite fine. But the text is very poorly organized and taxonomically unacceptable. The author believes that chitons and Limas are gastropods, while nudibranchs, apparently, are not. A sea spider is listed as a crustacean (which is called a phylum - long live rankless systematics, but if you give a clade a rank, do it correctly). Bonellia is, according to the book, an annelid. "Chlorophyta" is introduced as a synomym to Acetabularia (Which is a typo, I believe; it should read "Green algae or chlotophyta", not "Chlorophyta or mermaid's cup". The same typo a few pages down where red algae are introduced.) These glaring mistakes are not "just classification". The failure to correctly assign interesting and important creatures to their evolutionary affinities prevents the author from conveying a number of interesting messages. The text would also benefit from a touch of an editor's hand: there are redundancies and inconsistencies.

Assembling the Tree of Life
Assembling the Tree of Life
by Joel Cracraft
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $70.88
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and very useful book, November 16, 2006
Finally, a comprehensive review of global molecular phylogenies. Fascinating reading.

The only shortcoming is an incredible amount of typos (in figure headings in particular), plus an embarrassing error on the cover: mirror image of Strombus gigas used.

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