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This fifth of the planned eight volumes of the Monograph of Living Chitons, a systematic account of more than 800 recognized species in this class of Mollusca, deals with the completion of the family Ischnochitonidae and a total revision of the family Mopaliidae. Earlier volumes in the series are updated in a preliminary 40 pages paragraph of additions.
In the present volume 141 species are described, of which nine are new to science. All species are depicted in detail in mostly original drawings by the senior author. More than 50 maps show the world-wide distribution of every species.
Descriptions are accompanied by a complete bibliography and synonymy, providing an indispensable source of information of any worker on this interesting group of animals, professionals as well as advanced students. An elaborate list of references and index complete the volume.
Since H.A. Pilsbry’s classic work on the chitons (Polyplacophora), published between 1892 and 1894 in the Manual of Conchology, there has been no comprehensive taxonomic review of this group.
Piet Kaas and Richard van Belle changed this when they started the book series Monograph of Living Chitons, which aimed, after a careful study of the type material, to systematically describe and illustrate every known - or hitherto unknown - species. The first five volumes were published between 1985 and 1994. The sudden death of seniour author Piet Kaas in 1996 postponed the publication of Volume 6. The unfinished manuscript was taken up by a new author, Hermann Strack, who in collaboration with van Belle managed to finish it.
In Volume 6 no less than 167 species are treated and depicted, of which 3 are described as new. Two important families are covered: the Schizochitonidae and the Chitonidae. Especially the coverage of the Chitonidae, with well know and species-rich genera and subgenera as Chiton, Rhyssoplax, Acanthopleura, Tonicia, Lucilina and Onithochiton is long awaited and will prove very useful to researchers, students and collectors alike.
In: Monograph of Living Chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora), Volume 6 Family Schizochitonidae
In: Monograph of Living Chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora), Volume 6 Family Schizochitonidae
In: Monograph of Living Chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora), Volume 6 Family Schizochitonidae
In: Monograph of Living Chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora), Volume 6 Family Schizochitonidae
In: Monograph of Living Chitons (Mollusca: Polyplacophora), Volume 6 Family Schizochitonidae