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& G.T. Poppe. 2000. Haliotidae. in Conchological Iconography.
G.T. Poppe & K. Groh (eds.). Conchbooks, Hackenheim.135 pp., 83
ISBN Series: 3-925919-27-9
ISBN this volume: 3-925919-31-7
ISBN binder: 3-925919-30-9
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The Haliotidae volume
in the Conchological Iconography series provides for the first
time a comprehensive treatment of this commercially important family in
recent history. The previous mongraphs had all been written in the 19th
century (Reeve, 1846; Sowerby, 1882; Weinkauff, 1883), with Kaicher (1981)
contributing a card-pack on the family.
This volume contains 36 pages
of introductory information on the family including historical consideration,
phylogenetic position of the family, superspecific taxa and classification
with the family Haliotidae, anatomy and biology, notes on collecting,
and human usage of abalone. All aspects are fully referenced with 21 pages
of references. Two appendices on the taxonomic status of all species level
epithets, and a breakdown of the occurrence of abalone in the ten biogeographic
areas are provided.
Each species is given a standardized
treatment on approximately one full page. It includes full citation of
the original description, full synonymy, status and location of type material
(if known) and type locality including mode of designation, list of important
illustrations or those in major works, description of shell with occasional
remarks on the animal, differential diagnosis to similar and sympatric
species, range data supplemented with a specimen-based dot map, summary
of biological knowledge, notes on fossils (if applicable), remarks, and
key references for the particular species.
The species are shown on 71
plates, and further 12 plates show freak specimens, the determination
tool and live specimens.
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Backhuys (New Books on
Shells) March 2001:
"Thanks to the first author this part can be considered the best
of all hitherto published iconographies. While all parts are great iconographies,
this part can also be regarded as an important monograph. Apart from an
extensive introduction the text gives synonyms, location of types, type
localities, description of shells, distribution, biology, fossil record
and literature for every (sub)species."
Patty Jansen in Australasian
Shell News 110: 7 [excerpt].
" ... this volume is about 50% text and 50% plates and what is
more, is compiled by the world authority on the family Haliotidae. Dan's
thorough treatment of the family includes a detailed description of
each species, synonyms, location of the holotype, type locality, a list
of illustrations for reference, comparison with other species, a distribution
map, a black and white photograph, and lots of colour photographs in
the plates section. ... There is also an extensive literature list.
The colour plates are of excellent quality."
Patty Jansen in Books
"Dan Geiger is the world's foremost authority on abalone. His work
is done with meticulous precision, and the results speak for themselves.
Contrary to previous issues of the Iconography, this issue contains
a significant text portion of substance. There are detailed descriptions
for each species, including information about type specimens, synonymy,
rangew, habitat and the animal if known. There are 83 colour plates,
illustrating all species. Not to be missed!"
Wolfgang Fischer in Club Conchylia Informationen 33(1-3): 73
excerpt: "Das Glanzstück ist das Werk Daniel Geiger's und Guido Poppes über die Haliotidae. ... Ich kann diese beiden Werke jedem Leser empfehlen. Sie sollten in keiner malakologischen Bibliothek fehlen." [The highlight is the work Daniel Geiger's and Guido Poppe's about the Haliotidae. ... I can recommend both works to every reader. They should not be missing in any malacological library.]