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Freshwater Mollusks of the World

A Distribution Atlas

There are more species of freshwater mollusks—well over 5,000—than all the mammal species of the world. Freshwater mollusks are also arguably the most endangered fauna on the planet. Yet few references exist for researchers, shell enthusiasts, and general readers who are interested in learning more about these fascinating creatures. In Freshwater Mollusks of the World, Charles Lydeard and Kevin S. Cummings fill that void with contributions from dozens of renowned mollusk experts.

Touching on 34 families of freshwater gastropods (snails) and 9 families of freshwater bivalves (mussels and clams), each chapter provides a synthesis of the latest research on the diversity and evolutionary relationships of the family. The book also includes

• a look at how evolving DNA sequencing data techniques help shed light on mollusk taxonomy
• distribution maps of each family's biogeographic locales
• a representative photo and distribution map for each of the freshwater mollusk families
• the latest information on each family's conservation status—and how to reverse the habitat destruction, modification, and pollution that threatens it
• a discussion of the ecological and economic damages caused by invasive mollusk species, as well as their role as disease vectors

Mollusks provide us with amazing biogeographical insights: their ancient fossil record goes back over 500 million years, and their distribution patterns are a reflection of past continental and climate changes. The only comprehensive summary of systematic and biodiversity information on freshwater mollusk families throughout the world, this reference is a must for malacologists, limnologists, ichthyologists, stream ecologists, biogeographers, and conservation biologists.

Contributors: Christian Albrecht, Rüdiger Bieler, Bert Van Bocxlaer, David C. Campbell, Stephanie A. Clark, Catharina Clewing, Robert H. Cowie, Kevin S. Cummings, Diana Delicado, Hiroshi Fukuda, Hiroaki Fukumori, Matthias Glaubrecht, Daniel L. Graf, Diego E. Gutiérrez Gregoric, Kenneth A. Hayes, Yasunori Kano, Taehwan Lee, Charles Lydeard, Nathaniel T. Marshall, Paula M. Mikkelsen, Marco T. Neiber, Timea P. Neusser, Winston Ponder, Michael Schrödl, Alena A. Shirokaya, Björn Stelbrink, Carol A. Stepien, Ellen E. Strong, Maxim V. Vinarski, Amy R. Wethington, Thomas Wilke

About the Authors

Charles Lydeard is a professor and the chair of biology at Morehead State University. He is the editor-in-chief of Malacologia and a coeditor of Molecular Systematics and Phylogeography of Mollusks. Kevin S. Cummings is a senior research scientist and the curator of mollusks at the Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a coauthor of Field Guide to Freshwater Mussels of the Midwest.

Endorsementss

"An excellent guide documenting distribution of the 42 freshwater mollusk families found throughout the world. The family accounts represent a succinct distillation of extensively published literature for each group. Highly recommended for students and professionals interested in freshwater malacology and biogeography."

- James Williams, Florida Museum of Natural History

"This book is a must-have for all of us interested in mollusks, in limnic environments, and in any aspect having to do with the biology of this important group of animals."

- Gonzalo Giribet, Harvard University
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