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Marine Shells of Goa

A Guide to Identification


  • Includes color photographs, maps and info text of each species to facilitate quick identification

  • Popular appeal, interesting to non-technical conchologists of the world

  • Brief description of beaches of Goa as well as some special ecosystems of Goa with pictures will help familiarize malacologists and conchologists of the world to shell collection in Goa and to shells of Goa

  • Contains special section on shell craft and art of Goa (with photographs), quotes and idioms on shells and the importance and uses of shells

  • With commentary on mollusks, classification of mollusks, shell formation, shell collection, shell identification, shell habitats, recommended regulations for shell collection


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Sangeeta M. Sonak
    Pages 1-23
  3. Sangeeta M. Sonak
    Pages 25-52
  4. Sangeeta M. Sonak
    Pages 53-183
  5. Sangeeta M. Sonak
    Pages 185-217
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 241-249

About this book


This book offers a unique introduction to the study of shells and molluscs for all those who take pleasure in shells, the treasure of the sea. However, unlike other shell albums, compendiums or guides, the central focus of this book is on shells and not molluscs. Therefore, in addition to the classification and identification of shells, the book also addresses aspects including the shell art and shell craft of Goa, the importance of shells, and literary works related to shells and their writers. The book also describes various shell habitats of Goa.

The primary objective of this book is to introduce readers to the concept of shell heritage and to spark curiosity and scientific interest, not just among conchologists but also local and visiting beachgoers. Accordingly, it primarily uses straightforward, non-technical language. The book will also appeal to those readers without any previous knowledge of the subject, helping them to understand and appreciate the shells that they collect from the seashores of Goa.


Coastal Ecosystems Goan Beaches Khazans Mangroves Shell Classification and Identification Shell Collection Goa Shell Craft and Art Shell Idioms Shell Species Travel Literature India

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Environment and Natural Resource Management (CENRM)PanajiIndia

About the authors

Dr Sangeeta Sonak is a marine biologist. Currently she is the Director of a non-governmental research organization, Centre for Environment and Natural Resource management, which aims at promoting activities relating to protection of environment. She has more than 20 years of research experience of guiding research teams and co-ordinating research projects from various highly reputed national and international organizations. She has been awarded prestigious international fellowships such as Fulbright Scholarship under Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program (FNELP) at Virginia Tech Institute, U.S.A., United States-India Educational Foundation (USIEF) alumni award, JSPS Fellowship for Senior Scientist by the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Erasmus Mundus Fellowship for Visiting Faculty to teach and conduct research at three European Universities by the European Commission. She has been awarded Shakti Prerana Puraskar by Vidnyan Parishad, India in March 2014 in recognition of ongoing commitment and dedicated service to environmental sciences, for innovative research at the frontiers of environmental science and for exceptional potential to shape the future through intellectual and inspired leadership. She has edited a special issue of an Elsevier Journal ‘Journal of Environmental Management’, authored four books, has research publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Currently she is dedicated to work on coastal ecosystems under a project titled ‘Seas and shores around us’.

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