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Charles Darwin brought the Galápagos Islands to the attention of zoologists, botanists, and geologists following the six-week visit of H.M.S. Beagle to the islands in 1835. Since then published research on the biota of the islands, particularly in multiauthored volumes, has focused on terrestrial plants and animals. The present volume is designed specifically to provide a summary of work on the marine invertebrate fauna. One deviation from that objective was the inclusion of a chapter on land snails, which proved to be a good choice because the phylum Mollusca is now covered more thoroughly in this volume than in any single previous scholarly work on the Galápagos.
KeywordsCoral Reef Fossil Record Marine Invertebrate Taxonomic Composition Hermit Crab
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