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,
Rudiger 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. Gutierrez 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 Schroedl, Alena A. Shirokaya, Bjoern Stelbrink,
Carol A. Stepien, Ellen E. Strong, Maxim V. Vinarski, Amy R.
Wethington, Thomas Wilke
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