Coral Reef Fishes

Coral Reef Fishes : Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean Including the Red Sea

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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 more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 114 x 188 x 28mm | 580.6g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised
  • More than 2,500 color illus.
  • 0691089957
  • 9780691089959
  • 74,868

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"An excellent and handy reference source and would be an asset to any diver's library."--Doug Pemberton, Diver Magazine "Scuba divers, naturalists, and anyone fascinated with the wonder of coral reef fishes will welcome this book with great enthusiasm."--Wildlife Activist "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 "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 Timesshow more

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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), Philippinesshow more

Table of contents

IntroductionScope of the bookEvolution and ZoogeographyThe Coral Reef EnvironmentTypes of ReefsHabitats and ZonationEcologySocial InteractionsReproduction and DevelopmentProtective Resemblance and MimicrySymbiosisReef Fishes as a Resource and its ConservationDangerous Marine FishesThe System of ClassificationPhysiology and SensesGlossaryAbbreviationsConversionsThe Colour PlatesIndo-Pacific1-2 Sharks3Sharks, Electric Rays and Guitarfishes4Rays5-7 Moray Eels8Moray, Conger & Snake Eels9Catfishes, Pearifishes, Clingfishes, Lizardfishes and Toadfishes10Primitive Silvery Fishes11Frogfishes12Soldierfishes13Soldierfishes and Squirrelfishes14Squirrelfishes15Flashlightfishes, Trumpetfishes and Related Families16Pipefishes and Seahorses17Flatheads, Helmet Gurnards, Waspfishes Etc.18-20 Scorpionfishes21-22 Anthiases23Anthiases and Basslets24-29 Groupers30Soapfishes and Prettyfins31-32 Dottybacks33Dottybacks and Morwongs34Hawkfishes35-38 Cardinalfishes39Barramundi, Grunters, Flagtails, Bigeyes, and Mojarras40Sand Tilefishes and Remoras41-42 Jacks and Trevallys43-45 Snappers46Snappers and Fusiliers47Fusiliers48Sweetlips49Sweetlips50Monocle Breams and Spinecheeks51Whiptails52-53 Emperors54-55 Goatfishes56Batfishes, Spadefishes, Monos, Stripeys, and Archerfishes57-66 Butterflyfishes67-72 Angelfishes73Angelfishes, Boarfishes, and Knifejaws74-89 Damselfishes90-104 Wrasses105-106 Parrotfishes (widespread)107Parrotfishes (Indian Ocean)108-109 Parrotfishes (Pacific Ocean)110Parrotfishes (restricted distrib.)111Barracudas and Mullets112Sandperches113Jawfishes, Stargazers, Sand-divers, and Triplefins114Fangblennies115Combtooth Blennies116Combtooth Blennies117Combtooth Blennies118Combtooth Blennies and Dragonets119Dartfishes120-123 Gobies124-128 Surgeonfishes129-130 Rabbitfishes131Tunas, Flounders, and Soles132-133 Triggerfishes134-135 Filefishes136Trunkfishes137Puffers138Puffers and Porcupinefishes139RaritiesCaribbean Species140Sharks141Rays142Eels143Tarpon, Ladyfish, Bonefish, Needlefishes and Halfbeaks144Herrings, Anchovies etc.145Toadfishes, Frogfishes and Batfishes146Squirrelfishes, Flashlightfishes, Trumpetfishes and Cornetfishes147Pipefishes, Scorpionfishes, Searobins and Flying Gurnards148Groupers149Groupers, Soapfishes150Hamlets151Basses152Basslets and Cardinalfishes153Hawkfishes, Bigeyes, Sand Tilefishes, Snooks, Mojarras, and Tripletails154Cobia, Remoras, and Jacks155Jacks156Snappers157Grunts158Grunts and Bonnetmouths159Porgies and Drums160Drums, Goatfishes, Sweepers, and Rudderfishes161Spadefishes and Butterflyfishes162Angelfishes163Damselfishes164Damselfishes and Wrasses165Wrasses166Parrotfishes167Parrotfishes, Jawfishes and Stargazers168Mullets, Barracudas, Threadfins, and Tunas169Triplefins and Labrisomids170Blennies, Tubeblennies, Dragonets, Dartfishes, and Gobies171Gobies172Gobies, Surgeonfishes and Flounders173Triggerfishes and Filefishes174Filefishes and Trunkfishes175Puffers and PorcupinefishesSuggested Further ReadingIndex Of Scientific NamesIndex Of Common Namesshow more

About Ewald Lieske

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 more

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