- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: New World Publications (October 5, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878348418
- ISBN-13: 978-1878348418
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nudibranch Behavior Paperback – October 5, 2005
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About the Author
Veteran Diver and underwater photographer Dave Behrens has been practicing marine biology since 1974. Dave has become a household name for Nudibranch enthusiasts having authored 6 books and 80 scientific publications including 30 descriptions of nudibranchs new to science. He holds a master's degree from San Francisco State University and is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences.
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For many divers and snorkelers, or just plain nature enthusiasts, I would give Dave Behrens's book four-and-a-half or even 5 stars, because it provides plenty of basic information about taxonomy, identification, feeding, reproduction, etc., in an attractive 'Humann-like' format with tons of outstanding photos. For someone interested in learning about opistobranchs (nudibranchs and other sea slugs) without a lot of scientific pretentiousness, the book is probably exactly what you're looking for. The information is arranged in a way that allows you to absorb the basics in manageable bites.
On the other hand, if you're fairly familiar with the subject and are looking for a thorough scientific treatment (Behrens is an experienced and accomplished scientist in this field), you will probably be disappointed, and for this audience I would rate the book with only 3 or three-and-a-half stars. I was personally disappointed, because if I compare this book with, for example, "Reef Fish Behavior" from the same publisher, also written for a non-scientific audience, the fish book has a lot more text than the sea slug volume. Or if I compare this book with, for example, Hanlon's more scientific "Cephalopod Behavior", then I can see clearly that Behrens's book is not really aimed at the same audience. The question for this audience (presumedly the smaller part of the prospective audience), then, is whether the price is too high for a slim volume that although very attractively put together with excellent photographs, provides not much more insight than could be gained in a couple of hours of surfing sea slug sites on the internet. I enjoyed the book, but felt that it could have been more substantial.
Note: I wrote this review when the book was selling on Amazon for full price. At the current price of $23 it's a terrific value and I highly recommend it.