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A Taxonomic Iconography of Living Cardiidae by Jan Johan ter Poorten

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Book A Taxonomic Iconography of Living Cardiidae by Jan Johan ter Poorten, May 2024

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Author Jan Johan ter Poorten

Size A4

Extent 600 pages

Printing Full colour

Binding Hardcover

Publisher ConchBooks

Publication date 18 May 2024

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A taxonomic iconography of living Cardiidae represents over 30 years of collecting and studying the bivalve family of heart cockles. This meticulous work documents each of the nearly 300 species known worldwide. For all species, the known geographic distribution is plotted on a map, based on over 23500 documented and verified cardiid records originating from various global institutions, the author’s personal collection and other collections. All species are elaborately illustrated on 238 full colour plates, supplemented with ~ 600 photos showing shell details. In total, this book contains about 6000 images of cockles. The taxonomic treatment encompasses the main type data, comprehensive summaries of key characters and extensive literature references. Additional remarks address shell morphology, comparisons with other species, ancestral species, ecological preferences and phylogenetic analyses. The introduction provides a broader context for the family, describing the fossil history, shell and animal characteristics, diversity patterns and ongoing phylogenetic research.

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