Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean

Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean

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By (author) Ewald Lieske, By (author) Robert Myers

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  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 114mm x 188mm x 28mm | 581g
  • Publication date: 15 January 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New Jersey
  • ISBN 10: 0691089957
  • ISBN 13: 9780691089959
  • Edition: Revised
  • Edition statement: Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: More than 2,500 color illus.
  • Sales rank: 77,233

Product description

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.

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Review quote

"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

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"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

Table of contents

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 3 Sharks, Electric Rays and Guitarfishes 4 Rays 5-7 Moray Eels 8 Moray, Conger & Snake Eels 9 Catfishes, Pearifishes, Clingfishes, Lizardfishes and Toadfishes 10 Primitive Silvery Fishes 11 Frogfishes 12 Soldierfishes 13 Soldierfishes and Squirrelfishes 14 Squirrelfishes 15 Flashlightfishes, Trumpetfishes and Related Families 16 Pipefishes and Seahorses 17 Flatheads, Helmet Gurnards, Waspfishes Etc. 18-20 Scorpionfishes 21-22 Anthiases 23 Anthiases and Basslets 24-29 Groupers 30 Soapfishes and Prettyfins 31-32 Dottybacks 33 Dottybacks and Morwongs 34 Hawkfishes 35-38 Cardinalfishes 39 Barramundi, Grunters, Flagtails, Bigeyes, and Mojarras 40 Sand Tilefishes and Remoras 41-42 Jacks and Trevallys 43-45 Snappers 46 Snappers and Fusiliers 47 Fusiliers 48 Sweetlips 49 Sweetlips 50 Monocle Breams and Spinecheeks 51 Whiptails 52-53 Emperors 54-55 Goatfishes 56 Batfishes, Spadefishes, Monos, Stripeys, and Archerfishes 57-66 Butterflyfishes 67-72 Angelfishes 73 Angelfishes, Boarfishes, and Knifejaws 74-89 Damselfishes 90-104 Wrasses 105-106 Parrotfishes (widespread) 107 Parrotfishes (Indian Ocean) 108-109 Parrotfishes (Pacific Ocean) 110 Parrotfishes (restricted distrib.) 111 Barracudas and Mullets 112 Sandperches 113 Jawfishes, Stargazers, Sand-divers, and Triplefins 114 Fangblennies 115 Combtooth Blennies 116 Combtooth Blennies 117 Combtooth Blennies 118 Combtooth Blennies and Dragonets 119 Dartfishes 120-123 Gobies 124-128 Surgeonfishes 129-130 Rabbitfishes 131 Tunas, Flounders, and Soles 132-133 Triggerfishes 134-135 Filefishes 136 Trunkfishes 137 Puffers 138 Puffers and Porcupinefishes 139 Rarities Caribbean Species 140 Sharks 141 Rays 142 Eels 143 Tarpon, Ladyfish, Bonefish, Needlefishes and Halfbeaks 144 Herrings, Anchovies etc. 145 Toadfishes, Frogfishes and Batfishes 146 Squirrelfishes, Flashlightfishes, Trumpetfishes and Cornetfishes 147 Pipefishes, Scorpionfishes, Searobins and Flying Gurnards 148 Groupers 149 Groupers, Soapfishes 150 Hamlets 151 Basses 152 Basslets and Cardinalfishes 153 Hawkfishes, Bigeyes, Sand Tilefishes, Snooks, Mojarras, and Tripletails 154 Cobia, Remoras, and Jacks 155 Jacks 156 Snappers 157 Grunts 158 Grunts and Bonnetmouths 159 Porgies and Drums 160 Drums, Goatfishes, Sweepers, and Rudderfishes 161 Spadefishes and Butterflyfishes 162 Angelfishes 163 Damselfishes 164 Damselfishes and Wrasses 165 Wrasses 166 Parrotfishes 167 Parrotfishes, Jawfishes and Stargazers 168 Mullets, Barracudas, Threadfins, and Tunas 169 Triplefins and Labrisomids 170 Blennies, Tubeblennies, Dragonets, Dartfishes, and Gobies 171 Gobies 172 Gobies, Surgeonfishes and Flounders 173 Triggerfishes and Filefishes 174 Filefishes and Trunkfishes 175 Puffers and Porcupinefishes Suggested Further Reading Index Of Scientific Names Index Of Common Names