- Paperback: 470 pages
- Publisher: New World Publications; illustrated edition edition (January 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1878348361
- ISBN-13: 978-1878348364
- Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 9.1 x 6.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Reef Fish Identification - Tropical Pacific Paperback – January 1, 2005
There is a newer edition of this item:
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
The only drawback we find is the bizarre choice of common names. There are already a plethora of other books out there with common names fairly well established in Fiji by Lieske&Meyers. Seems to follow more of an Australian theme for these than the prevous Paul Humman books which use the American common names.
But overal a MUST for any diver who visits the Tropical Pacific. If you use it in conjunction with Lieske&Meyers then if you don;t find the fish you're looking at, prepare to be published!
However, though it's the best book for tropical Pacific fish IDing, I did find that I needed to cross-reference it with several others in ambiguous cases (and many cases were ambiguous!)--particularly one Aussie book that uses paintings instead of photos: "Marine Fishes of South-East Asia" by Gerry Allen (though this book often uses different common names, so you'll have to go by scientific names in many cases to correlate it with American texts). Sometimes a painting can highlight features a particular photo won't show clearly. And this book shows some interesting fish that aren't strictly coral reef fish, which nevertheless you might see on a trip (think mahi-mahi, flying fish etc.).
Lastly, you should also have a general underwater guide, for 3 reasons: (1) this is what you should actually bring with you on a trip, leaving larger, heavier, more specialized books like the one being reviewed here at home (especially with current luggage weight restrictions). (2) A general guide, such as "Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Guide" by Dr. Gerald R. Allen & Roger Steene, also has everything from corals to sea snakes. (3) Any given fish you see is probably a common one; a general guide will only show common fish. So you'll generally want to look here first.
The book I'm reviewing here is organized for identification rather than scientifically. It uses 20 ID groups, such as "disk-shaped/colorful" and "odd-shaped bottom dwellers." This is appropriate since it's a fish ID book.
If you dive in Pacific/Asian waters--and that's the best diving on Earth in my experience--and you'd really like to know what the heck you saw--get this book.
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.