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Marine Benthic Fauna of Chilean Patagonia

illustrated identification guide


General information


Acknowledgements (p. 15-18)


Prefaces (p. 19-20) written by

                            Dr. Ariel Gallardo (Vice-chair Census of Marine Life) and

                            Dr. Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence)


About the Book (p. 21-28): here you find the background of the book, an explanation of the contents, and instructions how to use it.


Part 1. General Introduction to the Chilean Fjord Region


Principal Geological Aspects of the Chilean Fjord Region: sample (p. 30-33)


Geography of the Chilean Fjord Region: sample


The Fjord Region of Southern Chile: Oceanographic Aspects: sample


Ecological and Biogeographical Aspects of the Chilean Fjord Region: sample


Part 2. Taxonomy


Classification of the Included Phyla (p. 78-81): here you find a systematic list of the higher taxa with the included taxa highlighted.


Protocol for sampling and preservation (p. 88-92): Here you find a protocol how to sample and preserve benthic invertebrates and fish, including a table indicating the best methods and substances for relaxation and preservation. Aqui esta en castellano.


1. Phylum Porifera (sponges): sample (p. 93-95, 99, 125-126, 159)


2. Phylum Cnidaria (cnidarians) Introduction (p. 172-173)


        Class Anthozoa (anthozoans) Introduction (p. 174-176)


            Octocorallia (octocorals): sample (p. 177-179, 185-186, 208-209)


            Actiniaria (sea anemones): sample (p. 215-217, 226-229, 233-235, 262)


4. Phylum Nemertea (ribbon worms): sample (p. 369-371, 376, 377, 379)


7. Phylum Mollusca (molluscs)


            Opisthobranchia (sea slugs): sample (p.505-508, 514-516, 526-527)


9. Phylum Arthropoda (arthropods)


            Decapoda (crabs, lobsters & shrimps): sample (p. 623-625, 631, 634-635, 660-661)


12. Phylum Echinodermata (echinoderms)


            Holothuroidea (sea cucumbers): sample (p. 859-861, 865-866, 877)


13. Phylum Chordata (chordates)


            Ascidiacea (ascidians): sample (p.883-885, 888, 896)


Appendix 1 General Glossary (p. 948-952)


Appendix 3 Taxonomic databases/Websites (p. 974-975)


Taxonomic Index (p.978-992)


General Index (p. 993-1000)


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