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Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos [Paperback]

Paul Humann
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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: New World Publications,U.S.; 2Rev e. edition (30 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878348353
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878348357
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 14.9 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The diversity, quantity and vitality of fish life in the seas that bathe the Galapagos archipelago is every bit as dramatic as the exotic wildlife above! It is completely updated with many new photos added. It is a much improved identification book for one of the world's natural underwater wonders. If you are even thinking of diving the Galapagos this beautiful, comprehensive fish identification guide is a must.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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One of the things I liked best about this book was the clear and vivid photos of all the reef fish off the coast of the Galapagos. It made identification easy, and it's easy flip pages made it a perfect traveling guide. If you are planning any reef exploration it's a must!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 17 May 1999
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Another wonderful book in the Humann/DeLoach series. The photos are amazing and there are simple diagrams to help you distinguish between similar-looking fish. Now if only they'd add a reef creature guide and a reef coral guide specific to the Galapagos...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book you'll ever buy! 27 Jun 2002
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I spent 8weeks on a coral reef in the Caribbean and this book was amazing! Beginning as a novice, this book made it very easy for me to learn the 177(!) different species of fish required to become a member of an underwater survey team and i wasn't the only one....
Over 100 people I have met used the same book and all have benefited from the ease of identification,the clear photos and vivid descriptions. Furthermore,it made great reading when returning from dives, especially when finding that "unknown" species....All in all,a very good book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" for snorkelers in the Galapagos 5 Aug 2002
By David J. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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I took Humann's book on Galapagos reef fish identification on a recent cruise of the islands after reading through it twice. We had the opportunity for lots of snorkeling, and the snorkelers on the trip borrowed my Reef Fish Identification: Galapagos constantly during the entire trip.
The organization of the book (mainly by shape), the superb photographs, the very clear diagrams indicating diagnostic characteristics, and the descriptions make this a very easy book for the layman to use. The coverage appears to be essentially complete; there were very few fish we were unable to identify. Tropical fish often show a great deal of variation, a point that Humann discusses and illustrates as needed. The book also includes information on the ranges and depths at which the fish are likely to be found, which is very helpful.
If you are a snorkeler or scuba diver and are planning a visit to the Galapagos, by all means take a copy of this book. Better yet, take two copies--one to use yourself, and one to loan out, because it will certainly be in demand.
Definitely a "must have" for those who plan to explore the waters of these fascinating islands.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny 17 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Another wonderful book in the Humann/DeLoach series. The photos are amazing and there are simple diagrams to help you distinguish between similar-looking fish. Now if only they'd add a reef creature guide and a reef coral guide specific to the Galapagos...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best available 13 Feb 2000
By Kai Wulf - Published on Amazon.com
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There is nothing which can compare to this very visual and consumer friendly reference book. Unique photos, excellent layout and easy recognition of the descibed species make this volume a must for every scuba diver visiting the Galapagos.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear photos and summary make identification easy 8 July 1998
By rsnell@digisys.net - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the things I liked best about this book was the clear and vivid photos of all the reef fish off the coast of the Galapagos. It made identification easy, and it's easy flip pages made it a perfect traveling guide. If you are planning any reef exploration it's a must!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch and usable Galapagos fish ID field guide 13 Nov 2002
By JDiver - Published on Amazon.com
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Paul Humann's now out-of-print book is part of an easy-to-use, photo-illustrated series of fish and invertebrate identification books. Information is given to differentiate species, habitat and location, as well as sizes- and often, photos of different color / life phases are shown. Great for snorkellers and divers. Its replacement is not due until late 2003, and then it will cover Cocos and Malpelo Islands as well as the Galápagos Islands. When it arrives, I will undoubtedly give it my highest recommendation, with all the others in the series- well done, Paul and Ned!

For those who want a more in-depth tome, I recommend Jack Grove's "The Fishes of the Galapagos Islands" (Hard, 936 pages, 1.94" x 10.35" x 7.27" , Stanford University Press, 1997; ISBN 0804722897, cost US$130.00) - THE definitive Galápagos fish identification book for those desirous of more comprehensive information, but by its size and price, no lighweight field guide for novices.
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