Book Review: Field Guide to Squids and Octopods of the Eastern North Pacific...

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  1. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    On Amazon's recommendation, I just got a new book I haven't seen mentioned here before:

    Jorgensen, Elaina M. Field Guide to Squids and Octopods of the Eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea 2009 ISBN 978-1-56612-139-2

    This is a great reference to the local cephs off the U.S. and Canadian Northern West Coast. Lots of color pictures, and good illustrations. It has an extensive glossary, and of course an identification key, and index of common and scientific names. It doesn't cover Southern California, so it's missing our friends the bimacs, but it appears to be almost complete for the cephalopod fauna of the Pacific Northwest... the only omission I've noticed is Architeuthis.

    At $25, I highly recommend it.
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    The problem is that if I bought it, I would want one from that area and I am determined NOT to add a chiller into my octo tanks. May just have to peek at it on-line though and stick it on my wishlist.
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    I ordered it. I will have to exercise strong will power, I too do NOT want a chiller system.
     
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    Nancy Titanites Staff Member Moderator

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    Thanks so much for reviewing Field Guide to Squids and Octopods of the Eastern North Pacific and Bering Sea, Monty.

    I bought it when it first came out and I admire the way the authors have put together this guide. It really is made to be used in the field, having plasticized covers, a ruler printed on the inside back cover, maps, and so forth.

    The color photos of the cephs described seem to be of dead specimins, some dissected, with additional photos of the live animals, maps showing where they are found.

    Alaska Sea Grant, which publishes this book and others, has an interesting web site and online bookstore which shows you how it realler is tougher in Alaska! It's worth taking a look.


    Nancy
     
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    Taollan Vampyroteuthis Supporter

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    Looking through the sample pages at http://seagrant.uaf.edu/bookstore/pubs/SG-ED-65.html, they seem to have gotten the range map for Graneledone boreopacifica quite wrong. One of the most prolific collection areas for this species is the Juan de Fuca ridge off the coasst of Vancouver Is. and Washington State. It makes me wonder what else is that badly wrong in the book...
     
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    CaptFish Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    My copy came today. Very interesting book, I like the field guide aspect of it. it is stange how most of the pictures are of dead specimens not live. I hope to see more like this for other regions, heck I want one for ALL regions.
     
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    Steve O'Shea Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I'm pretty impressed with what I saw; I'll order a copy (it is one of those books that will get harder to get as time passes).

    Graneledone boreopacifica/pacifica .... what a headache. The genus is a headache! (I've been working on it today.)
     

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