Drawn from Jean Andrews' definitive Shells and Shores of Texas, this field guide is meant to be carried and consulted on the beach. Texas Shells contains 279 mollusks of the Texas Golf coast, each fully described and illustrated. The guide is organized so that both the novice collector and the professional malacologist can quickly identify their finds. Illustrations of the shells and accompanying descriptions are arranged systematically, beginning with the most primitive and progressing to the higher orders. Even the casual beachcomber, who may not know a clamshell from a mangrove seed (both appear on Texas beaches), will find Dr. Andrews' visual identification system easy to follow. Andrews, who has become a recognized expert on mollusks of the Gulf coast through her own independent research, was a member of the Padre Island National Seashore Biological Survey of the U.S. Department of the Interior and is a member of several scientific organizations which deal with Mullusca. An artist and writer, she lives in Austin, Texas.