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A Divers Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
A Divers Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife
by Andrea Ferrari
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

10 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A standout book on the small things, 6 Jun. 2007
As a marine biologist as well as an author and photographer of marine life books, I tend to purchase only books that have useful information along with decent photography that facilitates easy identification. Books that cover too broad an area or all marine life rather than a particular group tend to fall short. By focusing on the small things in an area of extremely high diversity, the authors have managed to be unusually comprehensive. In my area of expertise, the fishes, I found very few errors (zero is an impossibility given the constant changes as new information comes to light). The photography and printing are excellent. The species descriptions are concise, well-researched and full of information useful to the naturalist as well as photographer. This book belongs on every underwater photographer or naturalist's bookshelf. It is also good enough and compact enough to go in one's luggage in this age of traveling light.


A Diver's Guide to Reef Life
A Diver's Guide to Reef Life
by Andrea Ferrari
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £30.00

12 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare decent book with a global scope, 6 Jun. 2007
As a marine biologist as well as an author and photographer of marine life books, I am very selective in my choice of those that end up on my shelf. I am particularly critical of books with a global scope as these invariably include only a small fraction of what lives in any particular area. These books usually include only what the photographer happens to have good photographs of rather than what is important. This book is an exception as the authors have included many excellent photographs taken by others. In doing so the authors have managed to pull together 1200 of the most important and interesting species, all with concise information on distribution, habitat and behavior. No book of this kind is immune from misidentification, but this one has fewer than most. It's a keeper. For those in the w. Pacific who want to dig deeper, please also check the following: Micronesian Reef Fishes: A Field Guide for Divers and Aquarists


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