Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas: Their Ecology and Biodiversity, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas

Their Ecology and Biodiversity, 1st Edition

By Edward J. Petuch, Robert F. Myers

CRC Press

320 pages | 105 Color Illus.

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Molluscan Communities of the Florida Keys and Adjacent Areas: Their Ecology and Biodiversity is the first comprehensive overview of the ecology and biodiversity of the phylum Mollusca in the area of Florida extending from the Dry Tortugas and Ten Thousand Islands in the west to Palm Beach in the east. The book provides detailed analyses of molluscan faunas found in 20 different ecosystems, emphasizing the marine environments of the Florida Keys archipelago and its extensive coral reef tracts.

Full-page color illustrations portray living animals, unique Keys environments, underwater ecosystems, and satellite images. More than 1,200 species of macromollusks—in 86 gastropod families and 54 bivalve families—are recorded from the study area, with color plates illustrating over 550 of the region’s most ecologically important species.

For the first time in any book on the malacology of the Florida Keys area, the 20 marine ecosystems and their associated molluscan assemblages are arranged by the CMECS (Coastal Marine Ecological Classification Standard) system. This system emphasizes the hierarchical relationships determined by substrate type, bathymetry, and water chemistry. Along with complete species lists for every molluscan assemblage, this handy guide introduces ten newly-discovered gastropods, including new species in the families Muricidae, Buccinidae, Nassariidae, Naticidae, Turritellidae, and Olividae. Two new bivalves in the families Pectinidae and Arcidae are also described in a special systematic appendix.

This richly illustrated book is written for the professional scientific audience interested in mollusks, marine ecology, evolution, and taxonomy as well as malacologists, naturalists, and shell collectors. It is also an ideal synoptic field guide, showing where individual species of mollusks can be found and within which ecosystems they occur.

Table of Contents

Marine ecosystems of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands: past and present

Molluscan ecological research in the Florida Keys and adjacent areas

Molluscan faunas of the ancestral Florida Keys

Geomorphology of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands

Marine ecological units of the Florida Keys and adjacent areas

Molluscan assemblages of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Ten Thousand Islands

Molluscan faunas of the vegetated sediment shore macrohabitat (estuarine regime)

Molluscan ecology of the Black Mangrove forests

Biodiversity of the Melampus coffeus Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the Red Mangrove forests

Biodiversity of the Crassostrea rhizophorae Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the supratidal hypersaline and brackish pools

Biodiversity of the Cerithideopsis costatus Assemblage

Molluscan faunas of the unvegetated rocky shore macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime)

Molluscan ecology of the supratidal rocky outcrops

Biodiversity of the Cenchritis muricatus Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the littoral rocky outcrops

Biodiversity of the Nerita versicolor Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the sublittoral rocky outcrops

Biodiversity of the Cerithium lutosum Assemblage

Molluscan faunas of the vegetated softbottom macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime)

Molluscan ecology of the Shoal Grass beds

Biodiversity of the Bulla occidentalis Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the Turtle Grass beds

Biodiversity of the Modulus calusa Assemblage

Molluscan faunas of the unvegetated hardbottom macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime)

Molluscan ecology of the sponge bioherms

Biodiversity of the Cerodrillia clappi Assemblage

Mollusks of the Yellow Mussel beds

Molluscan ecology of the gorgonian forests

Biodiversity of the Cyphoma rhomba Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the sublittoral exposed hardbottoms

Biodiversity of the Bayericerithium litteratum Assemblage

Molluscan faunas of the unvegetated softbottom macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime)

Molluscan ecology of the intertidal open mudflats

Biodiversity of the Batillaria minima Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the sublittoral open carbonate sand seafloors

Biodiversity of the Polinices lacteus Assemblage

Mollusks of the mixed carbonate sand and coral rubble seafloors

Mollusks of the Palm Beach coastal lagoons

Molluscan faunas of the coral reef tract macrohabitat and gastropod reef macrohabitat (nearshore marine regime)

Molluscan ecology of the coral reef tract

Biodiversity of the Stephanoconus regius Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the vermetid bioherms

Biodiversity of the Vermetus nigricans Assemblage

Molluscan faunas of the deep-reef talus macrohabitat (neritic regime)

Biodiversity of the Cymatium rehderi Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the deep coral reef ledges

Biodiversity of the Arca rachelcarsonae Assemblage

Molluscan faunas of deep softbottom and pelagic macrohabitats (oceanic regime)

Molluscan ecology of the deep coralline algal beds

Biodiversity of the Chicoreus rachelcarsonae Assemblage

Molluscan ecology of the deep softbottom terraces

Biodiversity of the Rehderia schmitti Assemblage

Mollusks of the open oceanic pleuston

Biodiversity of the Janthina janthina Assemblage

Tree snails of the Florida Keys

Liguus tree snails of the Upper Florida Keys

Liguus tree snails of the Middle and Lower Florida Keys

Endemic orthalicid and bulimulid tree snails of the Florida Keys

Bibliography

Systematic Appendix: additions to the molluscan biodiversity of the Florida Keys

List of macromollusks: Florida Keys and adjacent areas

Ecologic, oceanographic, and geographic terms

Illustrated specimens

About the Authors

Edward J. Petuch is a professor of geology in the Department of Geosciences at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, where he teaches courses on oceanography, paleontology, and physical geology. When not collecting and studying mollusks in the Florida Keys or the nearby Lake Worth Lagoon, Petuch leads an active career as a musician, giving regular concerts on the pipe organ and playing the recorder and harpsichord in university chamber ensembles.

Robert F. Myers has written or coauthored numerous scientific papers and popular articles on western Pacific fishes and several books. He has also developed an application for iPhones and iPads on Florida-Caribbean reef fish identification. Myers is currently working on a field guide to Florida and Caribbean marine life and serves on the coral reef fishes Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT010000
NATURE / Ecology
SCI027000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCI031000
SCIENCE / Earth Sciences / Geology
SCI039000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology