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Expanded and updated to include an additional 44 species, this is a handy guide to those fishes that are likely to be observed by anybody visiting or diving on the coral reefs of the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean, and the Pacific to a depth of sixty meters. Accessible to amateur marine life enthusiasts, this book is the first comprehensive guide of its kind. It enables the reader to quickly identify 2,118 species of fish and includes over 2,500 color illustrations depicting the major forms of each species--male, female, immature, or geographical varieties. The text proceeds according to region, depicting each species and its varieties, and offering information on its geographic range and where on the coral reef itself the fish may be found. Important identification characteristics are highlighted on every color plate.
Introduction Scope of the book Evolution and Zoogeography The Coral Reef Environment Types of Reefs Habitats and Zonation Ecology Social Interactions Reproduction and Development Protective Resemblance and Mimicry Symbiosis Reef Fishes as a Resource and its Conservation Dangerous Marine Fishes The System of Classification Physiology and Senses Glossary Abbreviations Conversions The Colour Plates Indo-Pacific 1-2 Sharks 3Sharks, Electric Rays and Guitarfishes 4Rays 5-7 Moray Eels 8Moray, Conger & Snake Eels 9Catfishes, Pearifishes, Clingfishes, Lizardfishes and Toadfishes 10Primitive Silvery Fishes 11Frogfishes 12Soldierfishes 13Soldierfishes and Squirrelfishes 14Squirrelfishes 15Flashlightfishes, Trumpetfishes and Related Families 16Pipefishes and Seahorses 17Flatheads, Helmet Gurnards, Waspfishes Etc. 18-20 Scorpionfishes 21-22 Anthiases 23Anthiases and Basslets 24-29 Groupers 30Soapfishes and Prettyfins 31-32 Dottybacks 33Dottybacks and Morwongs 34Hawkfishes 35-38 Cardinalfishes 39Barramundi, Grunters, Flagtails, Bigeyes, and Mojarras 40Sand Tilefishes and Remoras 41-42 Jacks and Trevallys 43-45 Snappers 46Snappers and Fusiliers 47Fusiliers 48Sweetlips 49Sweetlips 50Monocle Breams and Spinecheeks 51Whiptails 52-53 Emperors 54-55 Goatfishes 56Batfishes, Spadefishes, Monos, Stripeys, and Archerfishes 57-66 Butterflyfishes 67-72 Angelfishes 73Angelfishes, Boarfishes, and Knifejaws 74-89 Damselfishes 90-104 Wrasses 105-106 Parrotfishes (widespread) 107Parrotfishes (Indian Ocean) 108-109 Parrotfishes (Pacific Ocean) 110Parrotfishes (restricted distrib.) 111Barracudas and Mullets 112Sandperches 113Jawfishes, Stargazers, Sand-divers, and Triplefins 114Fangblennies 115Combtooth Blennies 116Combtooth Blennies 117Combtooth Blennies 118Combtooth Blennies and Dragonets 119Dartfishes 120-123 Gobies 124-128 Surgeonfishes 129-130 Rabbitfishes 131Tunas, Flounders, and Soles 132-133 Triggerfishes 134-135 Filefishes 136Trunkfishes 137Puffers 138Puffers and Porcupinefishes 139Rarities Caribbean Species 140Sharks 141Rays 142Eels 143Tarpon, Ladyfish, Bonefish, Needlefishes and Halfbeaks 144Herrings, Anchovies etc. 145Toadfishes, Frogfishes and Batfishes 146Squirrelfishes, Flashlightfishes, Trumpetfishes and Cornetfishes 147Pipefishes, Scorpionfishes, Searobins and Flying Gurnards 148Groupers 149Groupers, Soapfishes 150Hamlets 151Basses 152Basslets and Cardinalfishes 153Hawkfishes, Bigeyes, Sand Tilefishes, Snooks, Mojarras, and Tripletails 154Cobia, Remoras, and Jacks 155Jacks 156Snappers 157Grunts 158Grunts and Bonnetmouths 159Porgies and Drums 160Drums, Goatfishes, Sweepers, and Rudderfishes 161Spadefishes and Butterflyfishes 162Angelfishes 163Damselfishes 164Damselfishes and Wrasses 165Wrasses 166Parrotfishes 167Parrotfishes, Jawfishes and Stargazers 168Mullets, Barracudas, Threadfins, and Tunas 169Triplefins and Labrisomids 170Blennies, Tubeblennies, Dragonets, Dartfishes, and Gobies 171Gobies 172Gobies, Surgeonfishes and Flounders 173Triggerfishes and Filefishes 174Filefishes and Trunkfishes 175Puffers and Porcupinefishes Suggested Further Reading Index Of Scientific Names Index Of Common Names
I have used this book for identifying fishes I have seen underwater. It is one of the best for this purpose since it is handy and comprehensive, containing all likely coral reef fishes in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. Most other books contain only a subset. In addition, this guide provides clues for quick and proper identification. -- Rainer Froese, Senior Scientist, International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), Philippines
Ewald Lieske is a regular contributor to Europe's largest diving magazine, Tauchen, in Germany, and to several Scandinavian magazines. Robert Myers is a biologist and consultant specializing in Indo-Pacific ichthyology and underwater photography. He is president of Coral Graphics, a Guam-based publisher and distributor of books on natural history.
"Skin divers, here is the capital 'D' Definitive guide to all the fishes you're ever apt to see on reefs down to 60 meters."--John Balzar, Los Angeles Times "An excellent field guide to coral reef fishes anywhere in the world... [It] fills a niche for amateur and professional visitors to reefs, combining in one compact volume what has previously required several, usually expensive, works."--Naturalist "Scuba divers, naturalists, and anyone fascinated with the wonder of coral reef fishes will welcome this book with great enthusiasm."--Wildlife Activist "An excellent and handy reference source and would be an asset to any diver's library."--Doug Pemberton, Diver Magazine