Books: Crowded World

ZACA VENTURE — William Beebe — Harcourt, Brace ($3).

When they first encounter the works of Naturalist William Beebe, readers usually have some trouble getting accustomed to the strange cast of characters—the moray eels, zebra gobies, angelfish, filensh. amphipods, triglid fish, bubble shells, blennies, opaleyes, nudibranchs and other odd forms of life he writes about. In the Galapagos Islands, in Bermuda or on the Gulf of California; everything reminds Naturalist Beebe of the teeming variety of life and the consistency of its patterns of struggle; in the stomach of a sea bird he finds...

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