Reef Coral Identification

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Florida Caribbean Bahamas Including Marine Plants



Pages: 288

List price: $34.95

Publisher: New World Publications

Year published: 2001

ISBN: 1878348035

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You know the fish, you know the creatures, but what about the animals that actually form a coral reef?

Only classified in the animal kingdom since 1753, corals come in myriad colors and shapes. This is the book on Caribbean, Florida, and tropical western Atlantic species that you'll need to sort them out.

530 color photographs display stony corals, gorgonians, fire coral and black corals. If you want to know more about marine plants, an appendix includes over 100 photographs of marine algae.


This Reef Coral Identification book is THE definitive guide. In brief there is not a better guide out there. It thoroughly covers each type of coral and gives identification information as well as full color photographs. In addition to all the corals it covers other plant life likely to be encountered while snorkeling or diving. These include grasses, weeds, algae and coral diseases. With a plastic cover and the pages treated to resist water it can be taken to the beach or onto the boat without much concern about the water damaging the book. For each item the book also discusses any danger to divers that the particular coral may represent (such as fire coral). This book can also be purchased as part of a three part set that also includes the Reef Fish Identification and Reef Creature Identification texts, each of which is equally as excellent as the Reef Coral Identification book.

—Harold MacFarland, Amazon Reviews

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