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Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific: Animal Life from Africa to Hawaii Exclusive of the Vertebrates Paperback – July 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Sea Challengers; illustrated edition edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930118219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930118211
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #982,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...beautiful field guide, and full-color picture book that may inspire you,..or get you to take up diving. -- Aquarium Fish Magazine

...enrich the experience of the diver, aquarist, and the student of coral reefs...fine field companion for work or pleasure. -- The Veliger

...groundbreaking guide we have all been waiting for...the product of a collaboration of three scientists:... -- F.A.M.A.

...superb reference...something I wish I would have had on diving expeditions in years past...highly useful... -- Wilderness and Environmental Medicine - Official publication of the Wildereness Medical Society Vol. 10, Number 3

...this book truly presents the best color images depicting necessary diagnostic features for accurate identification. -- Opisthobranch Newsletter - Vol. 22, Number 5

A pleasure...Without any hesitation, the low price for more than 300 pages of wonders is well-invested. -- Spixiana

Contains some 1100 full color photos contributed by 50 top underwater photographers...identifications are accurate.. -- Chris Newbert's Newsletter

About the Author

Dr. Terrence M. Gosliner and Dr. Gary C. Williams are curators of invertebrate zoology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and have published some 180 scientific papers and popular articles in the life sciences. They are both graduates of the University of California at Berkeley.

Terry obtained his Ph.D in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, and is a world authority on opisthobranch mollusks. He has authored "Nudibranchs of Southern Africa," published by Sea Challengers. Terry is Senior Curator of Malacology at the Academy.

Gary earned his Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, and is an internationally recognized authority on octocoral coelenterates. He is the author of "Coral Reef Octocorals," published by the Durban Natural Science Museum. Gary is Chairman of the Academy's Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology.

Both authors are currently focusing their field research in the tropical Pacific.

David W. Behrens is a Research Associate of the California Academy of Sciences, and has been a biologist with Pacific Gas and Electric Company since 1974. He is currently Senior Research Associate for Research and Development at PG&E. Dave holds a Master's degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University. He has authored over 60 technical and popular papers on the taxonomy of eastern Pacific nudibranch mollusks, fish population dynamics, and grey whale ecology. Dave is the author of "Pacific Coast Nudibranchs," also published by Sea Challengers.


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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Ehn Hellstrand on March 11, 2001
Format: Paperback
I only have positive thoughts about this great reference. It is simply the best book ever written on the invertebrates of the Indian Ocean and especially the Indonesian area. It is like an oversized version of Debelius` field guides,but this one truly rocks!It does not only include 1105 interesting invertebrate species,but also some great information about them. Some species are such new to science that they`ve not even been described. For example,there are 10 undescribed little octopi. If any animal are more strikingly colourfull than reef fishes,these are the ones. I love all animals but I especially like the chapters about flatworms,crustaceans,and molluscs,of which many species are new to me. I already have a great knowledge of animals for beeing such young,and this book gives me much more. When I take a trip to Thailand for the next winter,I`ll bring this book and see how many invertebrates I`ll recognize from it. Over all,this is a great book and would recommend it to any serious scientist,aquarium hobbyist,invertebrate lover,or the one that just likes strong colours. The price is high,but believe me,it`s definitly worth it!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul Asman on June 4, 2007
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I relied on the previous reviews and brought this book with me on a recent trip to French Polynesia. I should have been more careful. One reviewer, for example, noted the inclusion of ten (though I see eight) "undescribed little octopi." How does he know that they're little? The book doesn't give size information. The first of the eight is described as large, then there is no size information for the next two, and then the fourth is "another small species." How small? How small is a small octopus, anyway? It's not something I know, but it is something I expect a guide to tell me. Also, the one octopus I spent most time watching changed color repeatedly, and I would have liked to have seen something about coloration possibilities.

I'm rating this book harshly became I see what more it could have been. It's also a heavy book, and weight is crucial on inter-island flights. Next time, I'm bringing Allen and Steene's Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide. It has fewer entries and devotes the plurality of its pages to fish, which are better covered elsewhere, but it's lighter weight and gives size information.

After a trip to Fiji in 2011, I wish to revise this review to rate the item more highly. I remain disappointed in the lack of size information, and I still wouldn't carry it with me. But I find that as I try to identify the reef animals of which I took pictures, I'm using the book. I still want the book to be better, but I'm giving it three stars rather than two. Three seems to better reflect my ambivalence.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jay W.S. Baxley, DDS on December 25, 1999
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This soft-cover book provides some of the most vivid color pictures of marine invertebrates that I have seen to date. However, do not expect involved explanations about each species listed. Scientific names are given for each species, but common names are not always included. Very little information given concerning how each species relates in the aquarium environment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 12, 2007
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Great photos, wide coverage, this book is a very simple and easy guide for any lover of the coral reef animals [even if its not a biological or academic textbook with full description and additional detail]. It gives key for coral reef animals identification and provide enough basic information to assist any non specialist, in particular diver.
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Has some really nice pictures and great information on many reef invertebrates. Anyone looking on info on fish will be disappointed though, no fish in here. But there are lots of other books available on fish anyway. This is a great guide for tropical invertebrates in the Indo-Pacific, I hope they will publish another edition as they continue to describe species new to science from the region!
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By lauren on December 22, 2013
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I recommend this book to any marine invert. enthusiasts. A lot of great info for divers as well! Got this for my boyfriend for Channukah and he LOVED it!
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