The Conservation Biology of Molluscs
Edited by E. Alison Kay
ISBN 2-8317-0053-1, published in 1995 by IUCN (The World Conservation Union), Gland, Switzerland, paperback, about 8.25 by 11 inches, 21 by 28 cm., 81 pages, drawings and charts within the text
"The Conservation Biology of Molluscs" is a record of eight papers and five abstracts from presentations made at a symposium at the 9th International Malacological Congress, which took place in 1986 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The articles present a sobering look at molluscan conservation and preservation in the world. While I am sure that the facts and figures presented in these reports are now out of date, I can project from them that things have gotten worse when you see figures showing that in each of the years between 1978 and 1984, over 100 tons of shells were exported from India alone. It is an eye-opening indication that we are dealing with a significant problem over-exploitation. The copy I have of this book is from the collection of Ken Emberton, a past assistant curator in the Malacology Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. His name is handwritten on the inside of the back cover of this report. There are a few light stains on the front cover, but apart from that, the book looks as if it is new.