The Ecology of Freshwater Molluscs, by Robert T. Dillon, Jr. Cambridge University Press, New York. 2000. 509 p. Hardcover. $120.00 ISBN 0-521-35210-X.

Robert Dillon's The Ecology of Freshwater Molluscs is a comprehensive treatment of fundamental aspects of the ecology of freshwater gastropod and bivalve molluscs. The author has taken primarily an analytical approach with chapters on Autecology, Life History, Population Dynamics and Competition, Parasitism, Predation, Biogeography and Communities. The coverage is worldwide and draws extensively on classic as well as current literature. With over 1200 citations (roughly 50% more recent than 1985), the book will serve as a useful reference. Dillon has reanalyzed original data from many of the citations, and in some cases added a fuller interpretation to the original authors' conclusions. The 27 tables and 99 figures (many of which are redrawn) are essentially all data; there are no pictures or drawings of...

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