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Two Oceans: A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa Paperback – June, 1994


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PROFESSOR GEORGE M. BRANCH is world-renowned for his research on rocky shores.

PROFESSOR CHARLES GRIFFITHS is internationally known for his research on crustaceans, mussels, linefish and predator-prey interactions on rocky shores.

MARGO BRANCH is a biologist with wide interests and a particular skill in natural history illustration.

DR LYNNATH BECKLEY is a dynamic fish biologist, respected for her expertise on the biology of fishes. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: David Philip, Publishers (June 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0864862504
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864862501
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,262,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
One of the best books covering sea life around Southern Africa! Very practical and informative with excellent photographs enabling easy identification of fish, corals, plants, sponges, et.al. Thanx for a brilliant book!
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By Ashtar Command on September 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Two Oceans. A guide to the marine life of southern Africa" is an extensive field guide to marine organisms found around South Africa and Namibia. The book was published with the aid of the WWF.

According to the authors, the emphasis of this field guide is on groups that are diverse, most often encountered, and poorly represented in other field guides. The focus is on the life of open-coast beaches and rocky shores, although aquatic estuarine animals and plants are also covered. Of the birds, only coastal shore line species are included. Of the fish, those commonly seen in tide pools, by divers or frequently caught by anglers. Special attention is given to smaller rock-pool fish, which are largely ignored by other field guides.

The book includes colour photos, range maps and short species presentations - all on facing pages.

When leafing through "Two Oceans" I was struck by two things: the staggering diversity of life, and the fact that it's frequently disgusting. Fish louse and other isopods, wonder-worm, sea swallow, yellow-bellied sea snake... The gods must be crazy!

:D

Five stars...for scaring me.
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