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Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Including Marine Invertebrates [Paperback]

Lawson Wood
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Book Description

5 Aug 2011
This is a new and updated edition of this popular title. "Sea Fishes and Invertebrates of the Mediterranean" is the first book of its kind and reveals the fascinating wealth of sea life found in this diverse, but little-documented region. This compact and easy-to-follow guidebook, illustrated with many specially-commissioned colour photographs taken in a number of unique and exotic locations, is an essential companion for anyone interested in the marine life of the many seas that make up the Mediterranean Sea. Designed to be of utmost practical use to divers, snorkellers, and underwater photographers, this guide will be welcomed by the increasing number of visitors to the Mediterranean, which has become one of the most popular dive destinations in the world. It covers Gibraltar, Spain, France, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The Mediterranean includes some of the most popular holiday destinations in the world, such as France, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey. It is ideal for divers, snorkellers and underwater photographers at all levels. With the growing focus on marine conservation, this book is designed to attract anyone interested in the natural history of the region's seas and oceans.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (5 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780090501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780090504
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 242,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lawson Wood is an award-winning underwater photographer and author. Well respected in international diving circles, he is the founder of the first marine nature reserve in his native Scotland and a founder member of the Marine Conservation Society. Lawson was also the first person to become a Fellow of both the Royal Photographic Society and British Institute of Professional Photographers solely for underwater photography. He is the author and photographer of a number of other New Holland titles.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK for a beginner 13 Dec 2013
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In terms of accuracy its nothing bad. It's handy and well edited. On the other hand, the lack of so many essential species have kind of taken me aback...I must admit!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Did not contain enough species. 12 Aug 2013
By chris
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I chose this rating because although the species shown were very well documented there was a lot of species missing,ie Sunfish,great white sharks just to name 2.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice and informative; needs improvement. 7 Jun 2013
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The quality of the paper is good, the author presents a wide variety of marine life, with a small picture and a few lines for every species. Overall an interesting and enjoyable guide, but I cannot agree with other reviewers that it is a must-have for snorkellers. There is quite some room for improvement.

At first, the text is short, maybe too short at times. All descriptions of species are short, rarely exceeding 10 lines of text. On the other hand, wherever I could check the text, it was always accurate - sometimes I was impressed (for example the author notes that Chromis chromis is "the fish that is most encountered by divers"). About the images, given the size of the book, it is no surprise that most of them are quite small, and often too small. Of course, this should be improved if there is ever to be a next edition of the book. But one should admit that the guy who took the photographs is a talented photographer.

There are a few but important omissions. The author fails to report some quite common animals; the garfish, the goatfish Mullus barbatus, and above all, the gilt-head bream (Sparus aurata). I also noted an error, where the jellyfish Cotylorhiza tuberculata is referred with the common name "Cassiopeia", a Carribean species.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Timothy
An excellent publication for those who need basic info. about fishes in the Mediterranean. Very well laid out and easy to follow - an ideal book for the non specialist who wants to increase their knowledge. Photgraphs excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and worth buying in spite of errors 26 Feb 2014
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The book is smaller then I thought (just about A5), but holds much more information then I've expected. I wish I had this kind of guide in the beginning of my marine biology hobby. I would definitely recommend this book to start with, but have to mention always to check given scientific names and taxonomy via internet or other sources, because sometimes they are out of date of simply inaccurate.

For example:
- 2 times in the text CoTYloRHiza tubercUlata is written as CoTHyloRiza tubercOlata.
- Lementina arenOria instead of Lementina arenAria (and I suspect, it's not an accepted base name).
- Giving a definite picture of Callista chione for the Pitar rudis.
- Picture of Elysia timida instead of Elysia viridis.
- Cyprea lurida should be written as CyprAEA, but, moreover, it's accepted name is Luria lurida.
- Not accepted synonym (Verongia aerophoba) given for Aplysina aerophoba and old Anemonia sulcata instead of accepted Anemonia viridis.

These were just obvious with the first glance through.

Pictures are fine even being so small (that is understandable because of really handy format of the book), most of them are useful and show animals just in the way you might see them in their environment. Only a few are useless (for example the picture of mature Serranus atricauda shows his typical behavior, but you won't be able to distinguish it from S. cabrilla that way). And some are a little dark or too vibrant (but it's a good coloured print!).

Actually, it's better to know these cons before making decision on purcase and to be more satisfied with huge amount of useful and interesting info you'll find inside! I cannot give 5 stars because of those errors, but I am happy with the book, would buy it again and would lightheartedly recommend it. And that's what I did:)
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