Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world

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Purcell, SW, Samyn, Y & Conand, C 2012, Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world, FAO Species Catalogue for Fishery Purposes No. 6, FAO, Rome. ISBN: 9789251067192

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This guide book provides information on 60 species of commercial sea cucumbers including annotated scientific illustrations of the body and spicules; colour photographs of live and dry specimen, information on nomenclature together with FAO names and common names used in different countries and regions; basic information on size, habitat, biology, fisheries, human consumption, market value and trade; geographic distribution maps. The volume is fully indexed and contains an introduction, a glossary, and a dedicated bibliography.