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Reef Coral Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (Reef Set, Vol. 3) Paperback – November, 2001


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publications; 2nd edition (November 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878348329
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878348326
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #605,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This Reef Coral Identification book is THE definitive guide.
Harold McFarland
Each entry has an excellent picture, the name, family, size, depth, and other information.
Traveling Irishman
An excellent book, I haven't come across anything I like better.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 21, 2002
Format: Paperback
This Reef Coral Identification book is THE definitive guide. In brief there is not a better guide out there. It thoroughly covers each type of coral and gives identification information as well as full color photographs. In addition to all the corals it covers other plant life likely to be encountered while snorkeling or diving. These include grasses, weeds, algae and coral diseases. With a plastic cover and the pages treated to resist water it can be taken to the beach or onto the boat without much concern about the water damaging the book. For each item the book also discusses any danger to divers that the particular coral may represent (such as fire coral).
This book can also be purchased as part of a three part set that also includes the Reef Fish Identification and Reef Creature Identification texts, each of which is equally as excellent as the Reef Coral Identification book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Traveling Irishman on December 5, 2001
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This is a fantastic book, and along with the other two books by this author you should be able to ID any marine creature you encounter!
The book lists virtually all types of corals including Algae, black corals, brain, lace, cactus, cup, boulder, fire, fleshy, etc.
Each entry has an excellent picture, the name, family, size, depth, and other information.
The pictures alone are worth the cost of the book!
This is definetely the book you want to have with you when you dive or snorkel. Buy it today, you won't be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Ehn Hellstrand on April 15, 2001
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This is the 3rd volume in the "Reef Set",Paul Humman`s incredible books on Caribbean marine life. Actually,this was the first volume I bought of them,so I now learned to know how these books were. I later received Reef Fish ID for Christmas. But this one is very beautifull too. It includes almost every coral that is likely to be encountered while diving in the Caribbean. The photos are also quite good for beeing an identification book. Commonly,really striking views of animals only come in art books like "Coral Seas" or "The Maldives" but these pictures are of almost the same quality. The Indo-Pacific corals are often very colourfull,but the Caribbean are more famous for their artistic shapes and forms (some of them looks like trees in the winter). It is not badder than the previous volumes,because this one takes up other animals. All three books are like one big book,because all of them covers different kinds of animals. So my rate of the entire reef set,including this one,is 10 out of 10 or 5 out of 5!If you do own the other volumes,do buy this one. No diver`s,fishwatcher`s or ichtyologist`s library is complete without these books. A must-have!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Connor on July 11, 2004
Format: Paperback
A field guide to coral, especially by Paul Humann, is essential to your collection of ocean field guides. Hundreds of coral species are listed, including: sea fans, hard corals, soft corals, and mushroom corals. The book also explains the many diseases that possibly afflict many species. The coral entries have excellent, detailed explanations beside them, concerning species depth, range, and abundance. The photograph transfers are above average, showing enough of the coral for identification purposes. The photographs are of course very beautiful, containing various, colorful hues of these animals. Buy the waterproof, annotated version of Reef Coral ID to bring along in the ocean on a scuba diving trip. The book has been updated twice since it was published, with the original print still floating around here on Amazon.com. The second edition is far superior, containing many more listings and more beautiful photos. Completely essential field guide for a private collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 10, 2002
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Don't take my word for it, go to a handful of dive shops and this author's name will come up more than once. An excellent book, I haven't come across anything I like better. The others in this family are just as good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1998
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If you are a SCUBA diver or anybody else who visits life beneath the waves, this and the other books in the series are a must have. Clear photos and easy indexing makes for enjoyable viewing and reading pleasure.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By liam.carr@yale.edu on November 16, 1999
Format: Plastic Comb
this is the grail for fish reef fish identification. beautiful photographs of hundreds of fish, so no worries of picking a small sketch drawing from 5 fishes that look alike. includes easy IDs in the water. so well put together that sometimes its best to leaf through before a dive, just to get excited about what you might see. includes a check list in the back to hatchmark what you've seen.
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I'm a beginner - novice scuba diver and enjoy underwater photography. I really wanted something that wasn't overly complicated to help me identify various creatures when scuba diving in Jamaica. I bought the series of 3 (Reef Creatures, Coral and Fish) and these were precisely what I wanted. The first few pages have some drawn illustrations to guide you to which class you are looking for and go to that section where there are excellent color photos to help identify the species. Every species listed also has a short blurb to tell you specific identifying features (which can be helpful if the specimen you're identifying was a little varied from the photo), the prevalence in the area, normal dwelling areas (like in coral, near sponges, etc) to be even more specific to help you identify. I've already used this to help me id species from past photographs. They are very comprehensive and easy to use.

My only minor problem and is probably more my fault for not looking at the shipping weights, is that they are a tad heavier than expected. I'm going on another dive trip soon and plan on taking them with me and perusing them between dives and they will definitely require that I lighten my luggage. Together all 3 books (spiral bound with plastic cover) weigh about 5-6 lbs. Comparatively considering prices for other guides which usually had complaints of not being easy to use, no color photos, not enough info., I'm still very happy I bought these. I think the value for the money (purchased used - good to very good condition via Amazon), was more than excellent. Even knowing the weight, I would definitely buy again.
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