COLLEGE STATION—New field guide “Texas Seashells” covers 300 of the better-known or more common seashells found on Texas coastlines.
With more than 600 detailed and data-rich color photographs, each species with at least two views, “Texas Seashells” aims to make shell identification fun, quick, and easy, a Texas A&M Press release stated. Those new to collecting can get started with the introductory chapters on building your shell collection, local laws and regulations protecting this resource, seashell clubs, adopting a “Sheller’s Creed” and basic seashell taxonomy. The guide also includes a glossary for technical terms not defined in the text.
Although this field guide is for seashells found along the Texas coast, it will also be useful in other regions of the Gulf of Mexico and western Atlantic Ocean.
Author John W. Tunnell Jr. is associate director and endowed chair of biodiversity and conservation science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies and regents’ professor, Fulbright scholar and retired professor of biology at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi.
Noe C. Barrera is a malacologist and microphotographer at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, and Fabio Moretzsohn is an assistant research scientist in systematics and conservation of marine invertebrates at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.
The book is $25 and available at www.tamupress.com.