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Zagal, CJ 2010 , 'Scyphozoa & Staurozoa - Jellyfish', in V Häussermann and G Försterra (eds.), Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia , Nature in Focus, Chile, pp. 291-296.

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After more than a decade of field studies, laboratory work and literature research this much anticipated identification guide for the marine benthic animals of Chilean Patagonia has become reality.

An intense and meticulous editing process resulted in 47 chapters authored by 47 internationally renowned scientists from 28 institutions in 14 countries.

Introductions to each taxonomic group provide background information on morphology, biology, examination and identification methods, and an overview on the current level of knowledge. Lists of all species described for the region are provided as well as detailed instructions on the proper sampling and preservation techniques. The most relevant features for reliable identification of 473 selected macrobenthic species from 13 phyla are described in detail and accompanied by identification keys, microscope illustrations, drawings and photos of outstanding quality that almost exclusively show actually examined specimens. The species descriptions are complete with information on possibilities for confusion, biology, abundance, distribution and relevant literature. The well thought-out telegraphic style makes the species descriptions unambiguous, quick to comprehend and together with the keys and illustrations results in unbeatably fast and reliable identifications.

Introductory chapters to geology, geography, oceanography and ecology of the fjord region provide important background information.

This book combines scientific information of the highest standard with practical instructions and makes a great visual impact. The comprehensiveness and quality of this book make it a reference work - an essential working tool for the professional, a learning tool for the student, and a guide for the diver and hobby naturalist.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Zagal, CJ
Keywords: Staurozoa, Stauromedusae, Scyphozoa, Chile, Fjords, marine invertebrate
Publisher: Nature in Focus
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