Common and Scientific Names of Aquatic Invertebrates from the United States and Canada: Cnidaria and Ctenophora 2nd Edition


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Stephen D. Cairns et al.

126 pages

32 color photographs

Published by American Fisheries Society, March 2003


Special Publication 28

The purpose of this volume (updated since the first edition and now with a CD-ROM) is to provide a checklist of species and to recommend selected common names for North American Cnidaria and Ctenophora, thereby achieving uniformity and avoiding confusion in the nomenclature of their common names. In addition to stabilizing common name nomenclature, we hope that this list will heighten public awareness of the diversity and wide distribution of cnidarians in North America, help identify taxonomic groups in need of systematic revision, and serve as a preliminary guide to the literature required for the identification of species.

Lists more than 1,300 taxa of jellyfishes, hydroids, corals, anemones, and comb jellies and sets the standard for vernacular names of the more widely known species.

This book includes:

* index for 1,300 taxa of jellyfishes, hydroids, corals, anemones, and comb jellies * extensive references * extensive bibliography * annotated changes from first edition

Table of Contents


Alphabetical List of Families


Part I: Names of Cnidaria and Ctenophora

Part II: Appendices

Appendix 1: Changes and Annotations to the 1991 Edition

Appendix 2: Endangered and Threatened Cnidarians of North America

Appendix 3: References

Part III


Portfolio of Cnidarian Diversity