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A Field Guide to Coral Reefs: Caribbean and Florida (Peterson Field Guides) Paperback – September 1, 1999

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ISBN-13: 978-0618002115 ISBN-10: 0618002111 Edition: 1st

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Roger Tory Peterson, one of the world's greatest naturalists, received every major award for ornithology, natural science, and conservation as well as numerous honorary degrees, medals, and citations, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The Peterson Identification System has been called the greatest invention since binoculars. These editions include updated material by Michael O'Brien, Paul Lehman, Bill Thompson III, Michael DiGiorgio, Larry Rosche, and Jeffrey A. Gordon.

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Product Details

  • Series: Peterson Field Guides
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618002111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618002115
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #634,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Currahee on March 9, 2001
Format: Paperback
I would feel confident recommending any of Peterson's field guides including "Coral Reefs." Many field guides simply discuss a single group of animals or plants. However Kaplan has succeeded in producing a pocket book explaining the most diverse habitats on earth. He writes from a broad knowledge base covering many topics important to coral reef watchers or biologists. Frequently he injects wit and humor into what might have been a dry text. He manages to hit on most groups of animals and uses many types of illustrations to allow the reader to identify and sort out the great number and types of animals that they will see on any coral reef within the area discussed.
I am new to this book but have used quite a few field guides in my day. Now I can't wait to visit the reefs again, armed with my new education.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Maria Hammock on September 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
I like most peterson books, however this one is just as knowledgable, but I bought the book hopeing to see color plates of corals, which it did not have. It had mostly color plates of starfish, sponges, sea buscuits, other animal life. I was disappointed in that, but as most of their books have, a nice description on how to identify it. It does seperate out the different types of corals, such as brain coral, then different subspecies (depressed, common, sharp hilled) but NO good pictures. It tells depth circumferance and valley, color, nice descriptions. It does have some black & white photos of coral, but it really does not help much.
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By reader on February 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
This field guide does not meet the expectations and standards of a Peterson Field Guide. The line drawings are inaccurate and amateurish, not enough pictures, the pictures are not placed in any logical association with the material and too many black and white pictures of poor quality which makes identifying similar corrals and fish difficult. The information seems good but the organization is poor. I am sorry that for the sake of a few bucks I did not get Humann's book instead.
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I needed this book for a class that I am taking. I am very happy with my purchase! I received the book before the scheduled delivery date, and it is in excellent brand new condition. I was on a bit of a time crunch to get the book before the class started, and I received it with plenty of time. Thank you!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Magnus Johnson on December 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
This is the ideal compact book for any diver or snorkeller travelling to the Caribbean who has any interest in the natural history of the area. Eugene Kaplan was for many years the director of the Hofstra University Marine Lab and the book reflects both his decades of field experience and his natural enthusiasm and ability to teach. His other book "Seashores" is the ideal companion.
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