A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean

Author: Mark Spalding
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520244052
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Nature

Inspired by the Caribbean section from The World Atlas of Coral Reefs, and augmented with detailed maps and colorful illustrations, this guidebook informs divers and travelers about the natural history of coral reefs and major diving sites throughout the Caribbean region. It's both a natural history guide and a travel guide.

Coral Sea Reef Guide

Author: Bob Halstead
Publisher: Sea Challengers Natural History
ISBN: UCSD:31822028777357
Release Date: 2000
Genre: Nature


Ocean Realm

Author:
Publisher:
ISBN: UCSD:31822009266958
Release Date: 2001
Genre: Marine biology


Reef Life

Author: Brandon Cole
Publisher: Firefly Books Limited
ISBN: 1770851909
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Nature

Discusses what coral reefs are, what makes them unique, where they are found, what plants and animals make up their food webs, and what impact humans have on these fragile ecosystems.

Angelfishes Butterflyfishes

Author: Scott W. Michael
Publisher: Microcosm Limited
ISBN: UCSD:31822035578129
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Pets

This book continues the highly acclaimed Reef Fishes series with the two most admired families in the coral fish realm, Angelfishes and Butterflyfishes, as well as Remoras, Jacks, Sweepers and several others. It includes up-to-date coverage of popular and rare species, with world class photographyand the very latest captive care advice- an absolutely essential reference for all marine fishkeepers and aquarium professionals.

The Book of Shells

Author: M. G. Harasewych
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226177052
Release Date: 2014-12-10
Genre: Science

Who among us hasn’t marveled at the diversity and beauty of shells? Or picked one up, held it to our ear, and then gazed in wonder at its shape and hue? Many a lifelong shell collector has cut teeth (and toes) on the beaches of the Jersey Shore, the Outer Banks, or the coasts of Sanibel Island. Some have even dived to the depths of the ocean. But most of us are not familiar with the biological origin of shells, their role in explaining evolutionary history, and the incredible variety of forms in which they come. Shells are the external skeletons of mollusks, an ancient and diverse phylum of invertebrates that are in the earliest fossil record of multicellular life over 500 million years ago. There are over 100,000 kinds of recorded mollusks, and some estimate that there are over amillion more that have yet to be discovered. Some breathe air, others live in fresh water, but most live in the ocean. They range in size from a grain of sand to a beach ball and in weight from a few grams to several hundred pounds. And in this lavishly illustrated volume, they finally get their full due. The Book of Shells offers a visually stunning and scientifically engaging guide to six hundred of the most intriguing mollusk shells, each chosen to convey the range of shapes and sizes that occur across a range of species. Each shell is reproduced here at its actual size, in full color, and is accompanied by an explanation of the shell’s range, distribution, abundance, habitat, and operculum—the piece that protects the mollusk when it’s in the shell. Brief scientific and historical accounts of each shell and related species include fun-filled facts and anecdotes that broaden its portrait. The Matchless Cone, for instance, or Conus cedonulli, was one of the rarest shells collected during the eighteenth century. So much so, in fact, that a specimen in 1796 was sold for more than six times as much as a painting by Vermeer at the same auction. But since the advent of scuba diving, this shell has become far more accessible to collectors—though not without certain risks. Some species of Conus produce venom that has caused more than thirty known human deaths. The Zebra Nerite, the Heart Cockle, the Indian Babylon, the Junonia, the Atlantic Thorny Oyster—shells from habitats spanning the poles and the tropics, from the highest mountains to the ocean’s deepest recesses, are all on display in this definitive work.

World Atlas of Marine Fishes

Author: Rudie Rudie Herman Kuiter
Publisher:
ISBN: UCSD:31822035263235
Release Date: 2006
Genre: Fishes

With more than 6000 photographs of marine fishes this book sets a new benchmark for their identification. It provides the greatest possible coverage and is aimed primarily to assist people interested in marine fishes and their scientific names or classification. Presented here are the fishes one is likely to see when diving or snorkeling in the sea, as well as those that are traded in the aquarium industry. This World Atlas includes both tropical and temperate fishes. Depending on the size and popularity of the groups or families, introductions to these provide general information, distribution and habitat, number of species, interesting facts on behavior and aquarium suitability. In the case of very large families like wrasses, damsels or gobies, separate introductions may be dedicated to each distinctive group or subfamily. The greatest possible number of photographs is used on a page, but in sizes that clearly identify the fish. Variable species may be illustrated with more than one picture. In all, included are some 4,200 species. This is an invaluable reference book for the great variety of marine fishes found in the world's seas. As such it addresses all fish enthusiasts - divers, snorkelers, fish watchers, fisherman, reef surveyors, aquarists, ichthyologists and bio-geographers.

Coral Reef Guide

Author: Ewald Lieske
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 0007159862
Release Date: 2004
Genre: Nature

Visited by more than a quarter of a million divers each year, the Red Sea is home to many of the world’s most popular dive sites. With no coral bleaching and little pollution, there is both abundant coral growth and fantastic underwater visibility. This beautifully photographed guide covers all the species of underwater life in the Red Sea region that you are likely to encounter while diving or snorkeling. It includes descriptions and photos of more than 1,200 species—fishes, turtles, whales, dolphins, invertebrates and corals, nudibranchs and marine plants—with information on range, behavior, and habitat, a quick-find map of good dive sites, and hundreds of clear color photos taken in natural surroundings.

Marine Ecoregions of North America

Author: Tara A. C. Wilkinson
Publisher: Instituto Nacional de Ecología
ISBN: 9782923358413
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Nature

Describes and maps the North American oceanic and coastal waters, classifying them into 24 marine ecoregions, according to oceanographic features and geographically distinct assemblages of species. Descriptive profiles of the ecoregions describe their key features, in terms of physical, oceanographic, and biological characteristics, as well as human impacts. The book is intended to provide a framework for collecting and organizing information on these regions, and to encourage a sense of joint responsibility and a collaborative strategic approach to dealing with the challenges of conserving the regions' shared oceans.