Sea Shore of Britain & Europe
HarperCollins, 1996 - Nature - 352 pages
This pocket guides describes and illustrates all the common species of plants and animals found on the sea shore - from the highest spring tide to five metres below sea level. It covers the sea shore of the Atlantic, Mediterranean, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel coasts of Britain and Europe - from the North Cape to the Dardanelles. A simple introductory key allows quick identification of what type of animal - coelenterate or mollusc - the user wants to identify. Every group also has a two-page introduction on basic biology and general identification characteristics.
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20 mm long algae animals antenna aperture Atlantic coasts attached body whorl branches bristles British coasts broad brown bryozoans Canary Isles carapace cerata Channel cm long coarse coasts of Britain Colony Common Crab cylindrical diameter dorsal fin edge eggs elongate ELWS encrusting European species Family feeding flagellum flat flattened gills gnathopod habitats hard substrata head holdfasts hydroids Hydrothecae Intertidal and shallow left valve length Linnaeus lobes Lower shore male mantle margin Mediterranean mm long muddy sand narrow North Sea Norway to Mediterranean NW Africa NW Europe offshore operculum oval pairs pallial parapods pereopods plates pleopods posterior proboscis rhinophores ribs ridges rock rocky coasts rocky shores rostrum rounded sandy seaweeds segments shallow sublittoral shell shore and shallow shore and sublittoral short similar siphon slender smooth spines sponges stolon surface SW Britain tapered teeth telson tentacles thick throughout Mediterranean tooth tube tubercles umbones uropods usually ventral yellowish zooids