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Reef Fish Identification - Tropical Pacific Paperback – January 1, 2005
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These books are the quickest way to identify the fish and critters in the Tropical Pacific. The photos are great, it makes identification easier. True, the amount of photographs can be "overwhelming"... especially if you are just browsing the book and not searching through it for something in particular. I do not fault the authors, the abundance and diversity of fish and creatures in this region IS overwhelming. But if you saw it and just need to put a name with the image in your head..this book will help you do that in a very organised way! Putting these books together must not have been easy but I am glad they did because it is very useful. In the two hours we spent browsing through the book, there were many "That's what it's called!" moments.
The books are heavy. Not the most travel-friendly, especially now that there are weight restrictions on flights. If and when they are digitized and sold for the Kindle or iPad, I will definitely buy them again. But they are compact enough and complete enough to be the only ones you'll need to take with you on trips. Aside from the basic information, there is nothing too specific about the fish. Basically just the scientific name, size average, 2-3 sentences about their appearance and places to find them in. However, I expected this after reading the reviews and am still pleased because as soon as I identify the animal, I can research more on it myself. If you can purchase these book on the Internet, you can research the specifics on it too.
OVER ALL: I would recommend these books to people who want to easily and quickly identify a fish or creature that they saw. If you want a book that is more in-depth, this is not the book for you.
I give the two books 5-stars because they are exactly what I expected them to be and serve their purpose beautifully. Money well-spent.
The book is well written and organized. The quality of the photos could be a bit better, but fish are really difficult to photograph, so the authors are to be congratulated for taking, gathering organizing and publishind these photos, it is a labor of love and much appreciated by us admirers of fish. Hopefully newer editions will include better digital photos and more species of these gorgerous fish.
If you are looking for good fish books for Baja, my choices (out of the dozen or so I own) are:
Reef Fish Identification: Baja to Panama -- If I had to pick just one, this would be it. It's really designed for identification and some of the others are better to learn about the fish once you've identified it. Tons of color photos.
Sea of Cortez Marine Animals: A Guide to the Common Fishes and Invertebrates Baja California to Panama -- A good compromise between identification and learning about the fish. Covers most of the common fish, but not as many as the above. Uses color photos.
Reef Fishes of the Sea of Cortez: The Rocky-Shore Fishes of the Gulf of -- Best book to learn about the fish, but not as strong on ID. Covers a lot of fish. Some color photos, other B&W photos, many drawings.
Fishes of the Pacific Coast: Alaska to Peru, Including the Gulf of California and the Galapagos Islands -- Inexpensive, pocket-sized book, color drawings, short info on each fish. Best book for edibility information.
I wish that there would have been a sentence under each picture (of which there are thousands) describing breeding, spawning and eating with more regularity, but having said that, the introduction to the chapter on each type of fish addressed this, so maybe that will turn out to be sufficient and also avoid repeating it under each and every picture and thus keep the book size down.
I wish this book were on Kindle.
Overall, a great book that will really help my enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling more in Okinawa and othter south Pacific and more areas.
Really, really detailed guide that helped me to properly identify hundreds of fish while diving in Thailand and Indonesia.