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Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 1928–29

Nature volume 143, page 703 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



THIS volume deals with the Lamellibranchia, excluding the Eulamellibranchia. The Barrier Reef Collection was augmented by dredgings around the Low Islands, with a few from the Queensland mainland. These regions the author names the Solanderian and Banksian divisions of the Australian fauna. A short history of reef exploration in the area, from Captain Cook to Hedley and his collaborators, is followed by a discussion of the criteria providing a basis for the classification of lamellibranchs. The author's scheme of classification is given, and the remainder of the book is devoted to a description of families, genera and species. More than two hundred species or subspecies are described and of these more than half are new. The six half-tone plates from drawings by Miss Joyce K. Allan and the photographs of oysters by Mr. Glutton are clear and adequate for identification of the shells. No index is provided, not even page references to families—an omission that may be rectified, perhaps, in the next part. A list of literature is also needed.

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