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By Robert L. Lippson

For many years, marine scientists Robert and Alice Jane Lippson have traveled the internal Coast—the rivers, backwaters, sounds, bays, lagoons, and inlets stretching from the Chesapeake Bay to the Florida Keys—aboard their trawler, Odyssey . The fruits in their leisurely trips, lifestyles alongside the internal Coast is a guidebook to the vegetation, animals, and habitats present in probably the most biologically various areas on the earth. This dense process of waterways includes a massive variety of salinity degrees, from clean to brackish to oceanic, and is host to natural world that experience tailored to either particular and wide levels of ecological habitats. The Lippsons discover every one habitat, from wooded wetlands, large marshes, and sandy seashores, to the loads of piers and pilings thrusting into the waters, to the great shallow waters wealthy in populations of fish, crabs, mollusks, and myriad different marine creatures. They describe greater than 800 species which are superbly illustrated with meticulous ink drawings and images and arranged based on habitat style and geographic zone. starting from the busy advertisement harbor at Norfolk via huge expanses of marshlands of the mid-Atlantic to the tropical mangrove islands of Florida, lifestyles alongside the interior Coast bargains readers a wealthy knowing of the relationships among organisms and the place they stay. it's a important source for naturalists, scholars, and a person who lives or vacation trips alongside the Atlantic internal Coast.

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Polychaetes of many types are found in almost every habitat in the Inner Coast. There are burrowers, tube builders, crawlers, and swimmers. i nt r o d u c t i o n 27 phylum mollusca: mollusks Clams, oysters, and snails are easily recognizable representatives of this diverse and important phylum. Of the eight classes of mollusks within the phylum, five occur within the Inner Coast: gastropods (snails), with a single shell; pelecypods (clams and oysters), with two valves or shells; polyplacophors (chitons), with eight shell plates; cephalopods (squids and octopuses), with an internal vestigial shell; and scaphopods (tusk shells), with a shell in the form of a tapered tube.

Evolutionary biologists generally agree that amphibians evolved from early coelacanthlike Crossopterygian (tassel-finned) fishes. Amphibians probably evolved during the Devonian period, about 350 million years ago. Amphibians spend some time in water as well as on land in moist situations. Most amphibians lay their eggs in freshwater or in moist soil. The eggs develop into aquatic i nt r o d u c t i o n 33 larvae. There are three groups of amphibians: The wormlike caecilians are known only from the moist tropics.

Habitats of the Inner Coast The habitats along the edges and within the waters of the Inner Coast, and the plants and animals that dwell within those habitats, are the main focus of this book. The habitats are described starting from the bordering upland areas and progressing down the slope to the aquatic habitats. Thus we begin by describing forested wetlands, maritime and bay edge forests, and marshes and then, sequentially, shoreline habitats such as beaches, intertidal flats, piers, pilings, and rubble structures.

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