Cowries and their Relatives of China
by Zhang Suping & Wei Peng
ISBN 9787502781088, published in 2011 by Oceanpress, Beijing, China, hardcover in laminated boards, the page size is about 5.75 by8.25 inches (14 by 21 cm.), 362 pages, in Simplified Mandarin Chinese, illustrated with full-page color photo illustrations
We came across this book a few years ago, but until now we were unable to get copies that we could list. It is a nice reference work to the Cypraeidae, Ovulidae, and Pedicularidae that are found in Chinese waters. The mollusks in these families are nicely shown in full color, very sharp photographs. It is a pity that the book is written only in Chinese. It would be great to have it in English translation, but it was a book that was aimed mainly at the rapidly growing ranks of shell collectors and malacologists in China. There is an index in the book with standard scientific names that will locate any shells in the book for you. The keys to the plates are also in standard scientific notation and general locality for the shell, size and a synonymy are also in English. There is a photograph of a Cypraea teramachii in this book that makes all others I've seen look pale in comparison. These are new books but some of them have an obliterated sticker on the front cover which, for some reason was needed, to export them.