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A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast and Gulf of Mexico

A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast and Gulf of Mexico: Coastal Habitats, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, Fish, & Other Wildlife

Illustrated by PATRICK J. LYNCH
Copyright Date: 2011
Published by: Yale University Press
Pages: 432
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    A Field Guide to the Southeast Coast and Gulf of Mexico
    Book Description:

    This superb book, with its unique focus on the entire marine coastal environment, is the most comprehensive and up-to-date field guide available on the southeastern Atlantic Coast and the Gulf Coast. Not just for beachgoers, the book is essential for birders, whale watchers, fishers, boaters, scuba divers and snorkelers, and shoreline visitors.

    Features of the guide:

    •Entries on 619 coastal and ocean species•More than 1,100 color illustrations•450 up-to-date range maps•Overviews of key ecological communities, including mangroves, salt marshes, beaches, sand dunes, and coral reefs•Special attention to threatened and endangered species•Discussions of environmental issues, including such catastrophic events as Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon blowout•Glossary•Excellent organizational aids for locating information quickly

    eISBN: 978-0-300-17840-1
    Subjects: Biological Sciences, Zoology, Botany & Plant Sciences

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-vii)
  3. [Illustration]
    (pp. viii-viii)
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xxi)

    This field guide covers the major marine and coastal life of the southeastern Atlantic Coast from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, to the Florida Keys and Gulf Coast of the United States. In our previous book,A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife,we ended southern coverage at Cape Hatteras because the cape is a major biological boundary between the cold, northwestern Atlantic seas, dominated by the Labrador current, and the warm, tropical influence of the Gulf Stream as it passes by the cape. Biologically and geologically the southeastern Atlantic and Gulf Coasts form a continuous floral and faunal coastal region...

  6. Regional maps
    (pp. xxii-xxv)
  7. Topography of marine animals
    (pp. xxvi-1)
  8. Marine and coastal plants and habitats
    (pp. 2-29)
  9. Invertebrates
    (pp. 30-61)
  10. Sharks
    (pp. 62-81)
  11. Rays
    (pp. 82-87)
  12. Fish
    (pp. 88-181)
  13. Sea turtles
    (pp. 182-187)
  14. Crocodile and alligator
    (pp. 188-189)
  15. Marine and coastal birds
    (pp. 190-319)
  16. Baleen whales
    (pp. 320-333)
  17. Toothed whales and dolphins
    (pp. 334-365)
  18. Seals and manatee
    (pp. 366-372)
  19. INDEX
    (pp. 373-386)