Book of the Week #1: Coastal Plankton

We are always struck by just how varied and inspiring is the range of books we come across at NHBS, and challenged to give stand-out books their due. To this end, we’ll be highlighting a book every week here on the Hoopoe, as our Book of the Week. All books are chosen by us – no publisher’s endorsements! Simply our “what? why? who?” guide to the superb scientific texts, monographs, field guides or natural history books that we think you need to hear about…

So here’s our first choice:

Coastal Plankton: Photo Guide for European Seas, 2nd ed.

by Otto Larink and Wilfried Westheide


This is an introduction to the most important and most common taxa present in the plankton. It is intended as a guide for students, marine researchers and even the interested lay person, and contains 930 micrographsCoastal Plankton jacket image (nearly three-hundred more than the first edition) allowing the identification of numerous common species, now including some from Mediterranean waters.


With its huge number of colour photographs it complements, and is recommended as a photographic supplement to, the illustrations of more comprehensive taxonomic keys – helping students and others without extensive taxonomic experience to gain a better grounding in plankton identification.


Prof. Dr. Otto Larink is a zoologist. During annual courses at the Biological Station on the isle of Helgoland in the German Bight since 1963 and during various visits at European coasts he has observed the diversity of plankton organisms and documented them with many micrographs presented here.

Prof. Dr. Wilfried Westheide is also a zoologist specialising in systematics and morphology of invertebrates, especially annelids.

Buy Coastal Plankton

You may also be interested in Coastal Phytoplankton

New Plankton and Aquatic Ecology Titles at NHBS

Avian InvasionsPlankton: A Guide to their Ecology and Monitoring for Water Quality is now in stock at NHBS – this practical book is a key reference for environment managers, water authority ecologists, coastal engineers and research libraries.

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the biology and ecology of plankton and describes its use as a tool for monitoring water quality. All the major freshwater and coastal phytoplankton and zooplankton groups are covered and their associated environmental issues are discussed. A chapter on best practice in sampling and monitoring explains how to design, implement and conduct meaningful phytoplankton and zooplankton monitoring programs in marine and freshwater habitats, as well as how to analyse and interpret the results for effective management decision-making.

Browse other new and bestselling Plankton and Aquatic Ecology titles at NHBS, including A Mechanistic Approach to Plankton Ecology, Common Freshwater Algae of the United States and the CD of the classic Marine Plankton.

Browse our full range of marine biology titles in Aquatic Fauna and Flora and Marine Fauna & Flora

Browse our full range of algae titles in Fungi and Algae