The "Land Snails of West Virginia" is a highly sought-after book that has been notoriously difficult to acquire. Fortunately, the West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources has reprinted it, granting me the opportunity to obtain a few copies for sale. Although the reprint remains true to the original content, it differs only by being paperback format instead of the original hardcover edition.
In its pages, the author meticulously covers a remarkable collection of one hundred and sixty-eight snail species, eleven of which are exclusively found in West Virginia. Furthermore, the author introduces four newly described species, adding to the book's value and relevance. If you have previously explored Dan Dourson's literary works, you will recognize the exceptional quality and expertise shown in his publications.
As in his other books Dourson gives us a comprehensive depiction of the snail shells. And the author provides multiple views of most of the shells, enhancing the reader's understanding and aiding in the identification of different species. The clever use of arrows draws attention to distinct variations in the shell structure, effectively assisting readers in accurately identifying each snail species.
Also included in the book incorporates are several photographs showcasing the diverse terrain of the state where the snails are found. The book also presents various other creatures that inhabit the snails' natural habitat. This inclusion serves to enrich the reader's experience, offering a broader understanding of the ecosystem and its intricate connections.
In conclusion, the reprint of "The Land Snails of West Virginia" by the West Virginia Dept. of Natural Resources has finally made this elusive book accessible to enthusiasts. Its paperback format may differ from the original, but the content remains intact, providing a wealth of knowledge and a fascinating exploration of West Virginia's land snails. Dan Dourson's expertise shines through, offering a delightful reading experience complemented by detailed shell illustrations, captivating photographs, and an appreciation for the broader natural environment. This book is a valuable addition to any naturalist's library and a must-have for those interested in the remarkable world of land snails."