Walking along the beach and picking up seashells is a favorite pastime enjoyed by millions of people every year. This field guide covers three hundred of the better-known or more common seashells found on Texas coastlines, and anyone interested in identifying and collecting shells along Texas bays and Gulf coast beaches will find Texas Seashells an essential companion. With more than 600 detailed and data-rich color photographs, each species with at least two views, Texas Seashells is sure to make shell identification fun, quick, and easy. 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. A glossary is also included 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.
About the 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. FABIO MORETZSOHN is an assistant research scientist in systematics and conservation of marine invertebrates at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies.
" This field guide to Texas shells is the right size and it is wonderfully concise. It includes every common shell a beach comber is likely to find. Each shell is presented in a full color image, most with multiple views, and many with close up views of important features. The color photographs are clear and sharply focused - easy to use. This field guide is clear, consise, expertly written and illustrated, and easy to use. This is a lot of book for the dollar and can obviously be used for areas other than Texas. Buy it." — American Conchologist
— American Conchologist
“If you’re planning a trip to the Gulf Coast this summer, you might want to consult this field guide.”—The Eagle
— The Eagle