Edited by P. J. Hayward & J. S. Ryland
Oxford University Press 1995
is the most comprehensive guide available, but it is illustrated with line
Even, in this book not all the species are included.
For a more complete list: MCS Species Directory.
book was preceded by the 2 volume:
Marine Fauna of the British Isles and Northern Europe
ISBN 0 19 857356 1 (Volume 1)
ISBN 0 19 857515 7 (Volume 2)
These volumes contain more species, but the list is not complete and there are some large scale omissions. However, it is a useful to know that some of the more unusual species have been left out of the handbook.
New Naturalist) (Paperback)
by Peter Hayward
Paperback. Pp288. Colour & b/w photographs, illustrations, charts, maps and bibliography. Fine copy. "New Naturalist" Seashore is a comprehensive, authoritative account of the natural history of the seashore
The project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography. The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification books.
Now available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.
|Life on the Sea Shore
ISBN 0 00 212171 9
In 1968, Ronald V. Tait wrote this book, as an important text for students studying marine biology. Since that date it has become the standard book on marine ecology and has been reprinted on numerous occasions. This fourth edition is under the co-authorship of Frances Dipper (one of the principal authors of the "Reader's Digest Water Life of Britain") and updates the earlier version with some improvements whilst retaining the order and format of the original. (e.g. Geologists tend to use a different scale called the phi (ø) scale. This converts the unequal steps of the Wentworth scale simplifying statistical treatment [page 215].) This sets the book as a book for university students and some aspects like the equation for the settling of particles in seawater are beyond my abilities to get to grips with except in general terms, i.e. the faster the water flows the more sediment remains in suspension. I would have liked to have seen a graph or a table for dissolved oxygen concentrations in surface seawater included.
However, despite being a difficult read it contains lots of useful and interesting information, which can be relied upon. The book covers all the oceans of the world and contains a comprehensive bibliography updated from the earlier editions. Recommended.
THE OCEAN BASINS: THEIR STRUCTURE AND EVOLUTION
SEAWATER: ITS COMPOSITION, PROPERTIES AND BEHAVIOUR
OCEAN CHEMISTRY AND DEEP-SEA SEDIMENTS
CASE STUDIES IN OCEANOGRAPHY AND MARINE AFFAIRS
THE ECOLOGY OF ROCKY SHORES by J R Lewis,
published by The English Universities Press in 1964
A FIELD ATLAS OF THE SEASHORE by Julian Cremona
published by Cambridge University Press in 1988
book is likely to be appreciated by divers.
(Warning: this book contains too many identification errors where the photograph does not match the text. It is NOT recommended.)
fish & invertebrates
Update URL: www.marinbi.com/eng/
of Northern Europe
Frank Emil Moen & Erling Svensen
Edited by Alistair Couper
Guild Publishing 1989
(First published in 1983 as the Times Atlas of the Oceans)
Picton, B.E. and Costello M. J. (editors). 1998. BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats, fauna and flora of Britain and Ireland. Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College, Dublin. ISBN 0 9526 735 4 1
Copies are available on request
EcoServe, 17 Rathfarnham Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W, Ireland.
Fax + 353-1-492 5694. Email email@example.com.
They cost £10 + £2 P & P (standard economy rate).
The UK Digital Marine Atlas, published by the British Oceanographic
Data Centre at the Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory, includes colour
maps of cetacean distribution around the British Isles.
TAXONOMIC INDEX TO BRITISH MARINE WILDLIFE
Use these links if your are familiar with the scientific classifications of marine life