Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Guide, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 378 pages, 1623ill.(1621col.).12d.1M.
  • Publisher: Tropical Reef Research
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  • Category: Marine biology
  • ISBN: 9789810056872



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This was the first marine creature identification book that I ever bought. It is well worn, with pages sticky here and there from getting wet. Yes, this book has accompanied my dive trips. And even though I do not use it as much nowadays, I still consider it the best candidate for the first identification book.It is good because it is very extensive, covering all sorts of plant and animals found in and near the sea. The book is organised into 25 chapters, each dedicated for a group of creatures. The subjects of the chapters are as follows: marine plants, foraminiferida, sponges, jellyfish, hydrozoans, sea anemones, corals, soft corals and sea fans, marine worms, crustaceans, sea shells, nudibranch and sea slugs, cephalopods, bryozoans, sea stars, brittle starts, feather stars, sea urchins, holothurians, ascidians, fishes, sea snakes, turtles, sea birds and mammals.Covering as wide ranging subjects the 378 pages paperback only manages to touch briefly the subjects. Many of the creatures we found during a dive may not be found here, although most would. One other disadvantage of this book is the absence of text, which in the case of two similar creatures could prove unhelpful in distinguishing them. Still, if we don’t think the place we’re going to would have identification books, this would be a perfect book to bring. Also because this book has some marine creature group not dealt with in other books, we still consult it from time to time.