Marine Mollusks in Japan: The Second Edition

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Marine Mollusks in Japan: The Second Edition
Specifications: ISBN  978-4486019848
1382 pages
19.4 x 27.4 cm / 7.7 x 10.9 in (WxH)
Category: Academic & Science
Publisher: Tokai University Press
Hiratsuka, 2017
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The sheer variety of shellfish inhabiting the waters of Japan is remarkable. The shallow seas along the Pacific coast, washed by warm waters from the Kuroshio current, cold waters from the Oyashio current, and intermingling waters between the two, are home to a tremendous diversity. The southwestern islands, meanwhile, are home to tropical species common throughout the Indian and Western Pacific Oceans, while northeastern Honshu and Hokkaido see a wide variety of subarctic species. Shellfish adapted to intermediate waters inhabit the bathyal zone. And although the Sea of Japan is relatively new in geological terms, it has its own indigenous species with distinctive characteristics.

As with the first edition published in 2000, the second edition of this book includes not just shellfish but sea slugs, squids, octopi, and other mollusks found in the waters around Japan, providing photographic plates and textual descriptions covering a total of 5,927 species in eight classes. It is the single largest illustrated encyclopedia for shellfish in the world. With seven new authors joining the energetic team already on board from the first edition, the revisions include a full review of species names and lineages as well as the addition of 821 species. To enhance utility, a two-volume format was chosen for this edition, with separate volumes for the photo plates and text. This removed the text-length constraints imposed by the facing-page format of the first edition, allowing a wealth of additional information to be included. The text is provided in both Japanese and English.

About the Editor
Takashi Okutani (1931–) graduated from Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology in 1954, and subsequently earned his Doctor of Science degree at the University of Tokyo. After holding a position in the Fisheries Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, he became director of the Department of Zoology at the National Museum of Nature and Science. He was a professor in the Department of Resource Cultivation at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology as well as in the College of Bioresource Sciences at Nihon University, and is now professor emeritus at the former. He is honorary chair of The Malacological Society of Japan. Among his many publications are Nihon no kai 1: Makigai (Mollusks of Japan 1: Gastropods), Ika wa shaberu shi sora mo tobu: Omoshiroi ika-gaku nyūmon (Squids That Talk and Fly: Fun Facts about Squids), Nihon no tako-gaku (Studies on Japanese Octopi), and Shinpen sekai ika-rui zukan (Illustrated Guide to the World’s Squids, Revised Edition).