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Freshwater Mussels of Alabama and the Mobile Basin in Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Freshwater Mussels of Alabama and the Mobile Basin in Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee, 0817316132, 0-8173-1613-2, 978-0-8173-1613-6, 9780817316136,

Freshwater Mussels of Alabama and the Mobile Basin in Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee
by James D. Williams, Arthur E. Bogan, Jeffrey T. Garner

Hardcover
2008. 960 pp.
978-0-8173-1613-6
Price:  $70.00 s

Alabama rivers and waterways are home to the largest and most diverse population of freshwater mussel species in the nation, roughly 60% of U.S. mussel fauna. The Mobile River Basin, which drains portions of Tennessee, Georgia, and Mississippi waterways, also contains diverse mussel populations. However, many of these species have been significantly depleted in the last century due to habitat alteration (river damming, channelization, siltation), pollution, and invasive species, and many more are in imminent danger of extinction.

The authors offer encyclopedic entries on each of the 178 mussel species currently identified in Alabama and the Mobile River Basin—the scientific and common names; a morphological description as well as color photographs of the shell appearance; analysis of the soft anatomy; information about ecology, biology, and conservation status; and a color distribution map. With an extensive glossary of terms and full index, plus additional material on the archaeological record, a history of commercial uses of mussels, and the work of significant biologists studying these species, this volume is a long overdue and invaluable resource, not only for scholars of aquatic biology and zoology but also conservationists interested in the preservation of ecological diversity and protection of inland environments.

James D. Williams is retired Senior Research Biologist for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Florida Caribbean Science Center, Gainesville, Florida, and coauthor of The National Audubon Society Field Guide to Fishes, Non-indigenous Fishes Introduced into Inland Waters of the United States, Vanishing Fish of North America, and The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Fishes, Whales, and Dolphins.

Arthur E. Bogan
is Research Curator of Aquatic Invertebrates for the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina, and works as Adjunct Professor of Zoology at North Carolina State University, in addition to being coauthor of Freshwater Mussels of Tennessee.

Jeffrey T. Garner
is a malacologist for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries and coauthor of Alabama Wildlife (Vol 4): Conservation and Management Recommendations for Imperiled Wildlife and Alabama Wildlife (Vol 2): Imperiled Aquatic Mollusks and Fishes.

"A major contribution to freshwater biology and an essential reference."--CHOICE

"Williams, Bogan, and Garner have produced a holistic and exhaustive work, carefully executed and seductively constructed. The taxonomic scope is unprecedented in recent years, cover some 60 percent of the American fauna. Aside from being a precious asset to the malacological community, it will advance the understanding of biodiversity, ecology, and conservation in a much wider audience.--The Nautilus

"This volume is a long overdue and invaluable resource, not only for scholars of aquatic biology and zoology but also conservationists interested in the preservation of ecological diversity and protection of inland environments."--Southeastern Naturalist


 “[The authors] have thrown a searchlight on one of the richest and most imperiled assemblages in North America. The mussel fauna of Alabama and in the Mobile Basin of adjacent states comprises dozens of invertebrate equivalents of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker which, when their images are magnified, project an equal mystery and beauty.”--from the Foreword by E. O. Wilson

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