Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific

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Animal Life from Africa to Hawaii Exclusive of the Vertebrates

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Pages: 288

List price: $45.00

Publisher: Sea Challengers

Year published: 1996

ISBN: 0930118219

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This is a big, hefty book not well-suited to travel, but it belongs on the reference shelf of any coral reef enthusiast. Written by three knowledgeable zoologists and filled with excellent photographs offering quick visual identifications and succinct natural history notes. Great reading before, and after, a trip to the tropics.


"I only have positive thoughts about this great reference. It is simply the best book ever written on the invertebrates of the Indian Ocean and especially the Indonesian area. It is like an oversized version of Debelius field guides, but this one truly rocks! It does not only include 1105 interesting invertebrate species, but also some great information about them. Some species are such new to science that they`ve not even been described. For example,there are 10 undescribed little octopi. If any animal are more strikingly colourful than reef fishes,these are the ones. I love all animals but I especially like the chapters about flatworms,crustaceans,and molluscs,of which many species are new to me. I already have a great knowledge of animals for being such young,and this book gives me much more. When I take a trip to Thailand for the next winter, I'll bring this book and see how many invertebrates I'll recognize from it. Over all,this is a great book and would recommend it to any serious scientist,aquarium hobbyist,invertebrate lover,or the one that just likes strong colours. The price is high, but believe me, it's definitely worth it!" — Johannes Ehn Hellstrand (Stockholm,Sweden), Amazon Reviews