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Beautiful Shells of New Zealand An Illustrated Work for Amateur Collectors of New Zealand Marine Shells, with Directions for Collecting and Cleaning them   By:

Beautiful Shells of New Zealand An Illustrated Work for Amateur Collectors of New Zealand Marine Shells, with Directions for Collecting and Cleaning them by E. G. B. Moss

Beautiful Shells of New Zealand is a comprehensive and visually captivating guide for amateur collectors of New Zealand marine shells. Authored by E. G. B. Moss, this illustrated work delves into the world of shell collecting, providing readers with directions for collecting and cleaning shells, whilst offering a valuable insight into the sheer beauty and diversity of New Zealand's marine shells.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its visually stunning illustrations. Throughout its pages, Moss showcases a wide array of New Zealand marine shells, from the intricately patterned spiral shells to the delicate and colorful clam varieties. Each shell is masterfully captured in high-quality photographs, allowing readers to appreciate their intricate details and vibrant hues. The illustrations are not only aesthetically pleasing but also serve as a helpful reference for collectors, aiding in the identification of shell species.

Moss's expertise in the field of shell collecting is evident throughout the book. He provides detailed instructions on various aspects of the hobby, including the best locations and seasons for collecting shells, as well as practical advice on cleaning and preserving them. Moss's passion for shells shines through his writing, making it both informative and engaging for readers who are new to the world of shell collecting.

The organization of the book is clear and logical, guiding readers through different sections covering different varieties of shells. Moss begins by providing a brief introduction to shell collecting in New Zealand and shares his personal experiences, which adds a personal touch to his expertise. He then proceeds to delve into the various families of shells found in New Zealand waters, discussing their characteristics, habitats, and distribution patterns. This systematic approach makes it easy for readers to navigate the book and locate the information they seek.

One slight drawback is the lack of an index, which could have further enhanced the book's usability. A comprehensive index would have allowed readers to quickly locate specific shell species or topics of interest. However, this does not considerably detract from the overall quality and usefulness of the book.

Beautiful Shells of New Zealand by E. G. B. Moss is a valuable addition to the library of any amateur collector or marine enthusiast. With its stunning illustrations, informative content, and practical advice, this book serves as an excellent guide for those looking to explore and appreciate the beauty of New Zealand's marine shells. Whether you're a seasoned collector or a beginner mesmerized by the wonders of the sea, this book offers a delightful journey into the world of shells, helping you appreciate their beauty and diversity like never before.

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An Illustrated Work for Amateur Collectors of New Zealand Marine Shells


Directions for Collecting and Cleaning them.


E. G. B. MOSS,


Photographs by C. SPENCER, Auckland.



[Transcriber's Note: Words surrounded by tildes, like ~this~ signifies words in bold.]



Preface 3

Chapter I. Shells and their Inmates 5

Chapter II. Collecting and Cleaning Shells 10

Chapter III. Description of Plates 14



Acmæa fragilis, 43

Acmæa octoradiata, 43

Acmæa pileopsis, 43

Amphibola crenata, 26

Anatina angasi, 32

Anaitis yatei, 37

Ancilla australis, 17

Ancilla pyramidalis, 17

Anomia walteri, 46

Apollo argus, 22

Apollo australasia, 22

Arca decussata, 40

Argonauta nodosa, 14

Astralium heliotropium, 27

Astralium sulcatum, 27

Atactodea subtriangulata, 36

Bankivia varians, 29

Barbatia decussata, 40

Barnea similis, 32

Buccinulus kirki, 30

Bulla quoyi, 32

Calliostoma pellucidum, 24

Calliostoma punctulatum, 24

Calliostoma... Continue reading book >>

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