This slim, user-friendly guide is packed with full colour photos and straightforward, often colour-coded, information. The volume is divided between plants and animals and further organized by family. A typical page includes the English and Latin names (“Waved astarte, Astarte undata”), two or more photos, scope of distribution (from “Labrador to New Jersey”), and chart of habitat (“the subtidal zone”), a succinct description, and a banner endnote on diet and location. A glossary at the end explains specialized terms.
Thorough and informative–my only quibble is with the distribution maps, which focus on the Atlantic coasts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, when the book is relevant to a much broader geographical area. The American lobster, for example, can be found from Labrador to Virginia. Otherwise it’s attractive and handy for keeping your busy-branched nudibranches sorted from your mermaid’s purses.
Seashore Life of Eastern Canada: A guide to identifying intertidal marine species
by Jim Cornall and Genny Simard
$19.95, paperback, 102 pp.
Nimbus Publishing, April 2014