Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds Paperback – Illustrated, June 15 2000
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- Publisher : Timber Press; Reprint edition (June 15 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 200 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0881924393
- ISBN-13 : 978-0881924398
- Item Weight : 301 g
- Dimensions : 15.44 x 1.35 x 22.25 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #472,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Profusely illustrated . . . Most readable. -- Plant Talk, April 2000
The aim of this book is to introduce slime moulds to the public and this it does admirably. -- A. Feest, New Phytol, Vol 132 1996
This handbook goes a long way toward revealing the otherworldly beauty of the myxomycetes. -- HortIdeas, March 2000
This handbook should certainly stimulate interest and study of the myxomycetes. -- Vernon Ahmadjian, The Bryologist, Vol 98 1995
About the Author
Steven L. Stephenson, a professor at the University of Arkansas, has collected and studied fungi for more than thirty-five years, and his research program has taken him to all seven continents and every major type of terrestrial ecosystem.
Top review from Canada
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Stephenson and Stempen have written an excellent book on these strange critters in "Myxomycetes: A Handbook of Slime Molds." It fills a gap in the literature on natural history. It is my hope that more people will be able to appreciate these neat organisms through the descriptions, excellent line drawings and well-rendered color plates.
I will disagree with one reviewer's dislike of the describer's name after the scientific name, however. It is there for the convenience of other taxonomist as least as much as the vanity of the describer. If I know that Physarum nutans was described by Persoon it tells me something about where I should look for the original description and may also give me some idea of when the name probably originated. Also Physarum cinereum (Batsch) Persoon tells me that Batsch wrote the original description, but placed the species in a different genus, which was than changed to the present genus by Persoon. Thus such "vain" additions are often important to other workers in the field.
I do agree with the same reviewer that some further discussion of how slime molds are classified might have helped an otherwise excellent book. However, I am also fully aware that the classification is still in flux and no final answers may yet be possible until DNA studies are done (and maybe not even then!).
Read this book if you find the weirdness of the world fascinating! Better still, use it to find and identify slime molds. Good hunting.
Top reviews from other countries
It is also worth noting that pages 95 and 96 are bound into the book in the wrong order, merging and confusing the species descriptions of both Ceratomyxia fruticulosa and Clastoderma debaryanum.
Overall, the book provides useful information on the subject, and, with the caveat that this is a wholly black and white edition, the individual species descriptions and illustrations are excellent.