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Marine and brackish-water Gastropoda of Russia and adjacent countries: an illustrated catalogue

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This is a first complete illustrated catalogue of marine and brackish water gastropods of the fauna of Russia and countries of the former USSR. In total 1240 of species group taxa, 350 genera from 110 families of Gastropoda are considered. Each species entry includes reference to the original description, list of synonyms, type locality, dataon the type material and distribution range. For 1154 species the illustrations are provided, mostly coloured photographs combined in 140 plates. The preference was given to the type specimens of considered species, described from the territory of formwe USSR. For other species the specimens on which the records were based are illustrated. Bibliography includes 790 publications. The text is bilingual.
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