Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific

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New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands


Pages: 707

List price: 75.00

Publisher: University of Hawaii Press

Year published: 2005

ISBN: 0824826981

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This volume covers the inshore fish fauna of New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, the southern Gilbert Islands (Kiribati), Tuvalu, Fiji, the Wallis Islands, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa, the Tokelau Islands, the Phoenix Islands, the Cook Islands, the Austral Islands, Rapa, the Society Islands, the Tuamoto Archipelago, the Marquesas Islands, and the Pitcairn Islands. It contains accounts of nearly 1,500 species of fishes, illustrated with more than 2,000 color photographs, taken mostly underwater.

Species accounts are headed by the English common name, the scientific name, the author or authors who described the fish, and the date of the description, followed by a list of the characteristics needed to identify the species, the total length it attains, its distribution, habitat, and in summary form what may be known of its biology.

This volume will become the benchmark and bible for anyone interested in the fishes of the South Pacific. Snorkelers and scuba divers will find it especially useful; virtually every known species of fish they might encounter can be found within its covers.