fishes, corals, nudibranchs & other vertebrates East & South Coasts of Southern Africa
Author: Dennis King
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
The Reef Guide documents some 800 reef fishes and invertebrates found along the east and south coasts of southern Africa. Following on the success of Dennis King’s earlier two titles, this impressive new guide features 578 species of fish and includes sections on anemones, starfish, snails, crabs and shrimps. Full-colour photographs and descriptive text for each species, along with useful and interesting information,make for easy identification. While focusing on southern Africa, the book is also applicable to the entire east coast of Africa, as well as the islands of the western Indian Ocean – Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, the Comoros and the Maldives. Indispensable for divers, snorkelers and rock-pool enthusiasts, as well as fishermen and marine aquarists.
"This book with its easy-to-follow chapter "Learning to Snorkel" is ideal for the novice on the coral reef. It is also an invaluable resource for the more experienced snorkeller. Subsequent chapters deal with the coral animals and reef structure, the plants, worms, mollusks, echinoderms, crustacea, fishes, and reptiles. First aid and photographic hints are also covered. The more than 200 color photographs have substantial captions detailing unusual or interesting features of the plant and animal life of the reef ecosystem. Looking at the book's gorgeous photos of fantastic coral formations and exotic sea creatures will be enough to lure you into the water with a mask and snorkel... Valuable to ocean lovers anywhere." --Honolulu Star-Bulletin
With more than 500 species described and more than 400 illustrations, this guide provides quick and easy visual identification of fishes, mollusks, sponges, shrimps, lobsters, crabs, and much more of the fauna found on the coral reefs of the Caribbean and Florida.
Learn the essentials of tropical fish with this useful and portable reference book. The tremendous abundance of fish seen during a single scuba dive or snorkeling session in the tropics is just staggering. Indeed in some areas there are dozens of species inhabiting only one or two hectares of reef. But whether you get underwater, view marine life from the comfort of a glass-bottomed boat or just visit an aquarium, Handy Pocket Guide to Tropical Coral Reef Fishes provides an excellent introduction to 68 of the most commonly encountered tropical reef fishes. Written by Dr. Gerald Allen, international authority on reef fishes, it features stunning color shots by some of the world's best underwater photographers. Periplus Handy Pocket Guides are practical field guides, useful for identifying various natural objects ranging from plants and animals to gemstones and seashells. Each page of each title throughout the series is filled with clear, precise photographs and informative text. Scientific and local language names are given.
Beneath the calm aqua waters of the Great Barrier Reef, there is an ongoing war for survival. It is a war among the creatures, the life forms and the coral that make up the reef. It is so threatened it could disappear within 30 years. Above the reef on a small coral cay, two communities come together in an uneasy alliance: a tourist resort and a scientific research station. Ambitious Blair Towse is appointed assistant manager of the resort with his wife, Jennifer, who finds herself isolated, lonely and forced to confront her childhood fear of the sea. On the surface, the island is all you could wish for: a lush resort, a naturalist's dream, a diver's delight. But Jennifer begins to discover the island holds secrets and dangers.
This is a beautiful guide to more than 200 species of corals that are available to the reef hobbyist. For the first time ever, corals can now be correctly identified by a standardized common name, and of course all specimens are cross referenced with scientific names. This book contains 112 pages, including color photographs of corals as they appear in aquariums throughout the country -- over 300 magnificent pictures, including close-ups, detail shots, and identification tips. There are easy to follow charts on lighting and water flow requirements, aggressiveness, and difficulty of care. Each specimen has a written description, individual care requirements, identification clues, environmental notes, and much more. This is an outstanding book for the serious reef hobbyist or nature lover interested in learning more about these beautiful and endangered creatures. -- "A must have addition to every reef aquarists' library", -- Aquarium Fish Magazine -- "Outstanding Photography...a truly beautiful book", -- Marine Fish Monthly -- A beautiful coffee table book for anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting a tropical coral reef -- This is the first book to identify corals by standardized common names. It is quickly becoming an important reference guide the world ever.