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Field Guide to the Seashores of South-Eastern Australia
The types of plants and animals that live on seashores in temperate regions are similar around the globe, but many of the individual species in south-eastern Australia are found only in this region.
Field Guide to the Seashores of South-Eastern Australia features color photographs, descriptions, and ecological notes for around 240 species of the more common plants and animals found on rocky, sandy, and muddy shores along the coastline from Port Lincoln, South Australia, to the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, and Tasmania.
This guide will allow beachgoers to learn interesting details about the plants and animals they come across, while also having sufficient scientific detail for natural history enthusiasts and biology students to develop their understanding of these shore ecosystems.
- Contains photographs, brief taxonomic notes, geographic range, morphology and ecology of around 240 common species of plants and animals.
- Where relevant, multiple images of species have been included to highlight within-species variation (e.g. in color patterns) and/or to provide dorsal and ventral views.
- Provides a simple identification key to help readers find the specimen they are looking for or observing.
- Describes organisms that commonly wash ashore and the different types of egg clusters that people may encounter while visiting a local seashore.
- Features conservation of intertidal species and their habitats as a key theme.
- Expands on Wescott and Porter’s Life on the Rocky Shores of South-eastern Australia (VNPA, 2010) by including more species, a greater geographic range, more detailed species descriptions for the marine plants and a new section covering the species of sandy and muddy shores.
Preface and acknowledgements
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Animals of rocky shores
Animals of sandy and muddy shores
All washed up: natural marine debris
Index of common names
Index of scientific names