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Poisonous and Venomous Marine Animals of the World


(Second Revised Edition)


by Bruce W. Halstead, M.D.



About the Book:

    Rigorously revised, this one-volume monograph--an encyclopedic work on toxic marine organisms--discusses all aspects of marine zootoxicology: scientific and vernacular names; biology of organisms, geographical distribution; mechanism of intoxication; medical aspects (clinical characteristics, pathology, treatment, prevention); public health aspects; pharmacology, and chemistry. It covers the entire invertebrate and vertebrate marine animal kingdom: protozoans, sponges, jellyfish, sea anemones, corals, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, sharks and rays, chimaeras, sea snakes, turtles, and mammals. Authoritative and documented, this work will be of indispensable value to biologists, oceanographers, physicians, biochemists, researchers, zoologists, toxicologists, and scientific libraries--the major reference in the field for years to come.



    The most comprehensive work ever published on the subject, this monumental encyclopedia covers the entire marine animal kingdom, with a wealth of images. . . . most of them organisms in striking color. This huge book covers a field of major importance that has been largely ignored. . . . This is a wonderful reference book, full of information not easily available elsewhere. . . . I must say that this book is fun. It should be on the shelf of every library, and you should not hesitate to open it. Between its massive covers you will find excellent advice.

—The Quarterly Review of Biology


Lavishly illustrated with photographs, drawings, and color plates . . . this work is unparalleled. Persons who are in tune with the literature on marine biotoxicology will be enriched by reading this book. It is an irreplaceable foundation for the serious student of aquatic medicine.

—New England Journal of Medicine


The ponderous Handbuch, a savant's monograph traditionally written in German, is a cliché of the 19th century. The genus lives on, if endangered. Here is a splendid specimen in English, full enough for anyone and wide-ranging enough to repay even browsers with some nuggets. Based on field, laboratory and library, it is arranged by phylum and class across all the kingdoms of ocean life from algae to walrus.

—Scientific American


Publication date: 1988

Text: 1,218 pages, with more than 300 illustrations, drawings, graphs;

23 tables; 13 maps, 550 different species. Plates: 288 pages,

with more than 700 illustrations390 of which are in spectacular color

Glossary; Indexes; Literature Cited

Size: 8 x 11 (20.3 x 27.9 cm);

CIP L.C. 84-70414

ISBN 978-0-87850-050-5 (hardbound)  $250.00  (Out of Print)