Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest
352 pages, 7 x 10
78 colour range maps, 280 colour photos
Release Date:01 Apr 2013

Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest

By Thomas E. Burke; By (photographer) William P. Leonard
Oregon State University Press
Terrestrial mollusks, the second largest phylum in the animal kingdom, are vitally important to the earth’s ecology. With the publication of Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest, a definitive and comprehensive guide to snails and slugs of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and western Montana is finally available. 

Primarily an identification guide, this richly illustrated volume offers complete information on the range of terrestrial mollusk shapes, sizes, and characteristics. It presents an overview of their habitat requirements as well as details of land snail and slug ecology, collection and preservation methods, and biogeography. 

Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest is an essential reference for biologists, horticulturalists, gardeners, and naturalists, and anyone wishing to identify species in the field.

• Identification keys and species accounts for most of the 245 taxa of terrestrial slugs and snails in the region

• 280 full-color photographs of 155 species and subspecies 

• Range maps for most species
[Land Snails and Slugs of the Pacific Northwest] is a great tool toward a better understanding of these too easily ignored organisms... Snails generally do not attract quite the same attention and appreciate as do birds, large mammals, or flowering plants. But with an accessible field guide of this quality now available, hopefully many of us will now gain a little more insight into these small animals and the ecological niches that they fill.'
Richard Haydon, Natural Areas Journal
Thomas E. Burke is a retired U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Biologist who has worked extensively with terrestrial mollusks, on the Northwest Forest Plan Survey and Management Program’s mollusk taxa team, in annual species reviews, and in developing management recommendations.
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