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on 16 November 2005
For divers who are keen to spot the differences between two very similar species of fish, this is the best book on the market. Although no one book ever covers everything, this one does it's best to show the minor variations within fish families and even points out how to look for a defining feature. All main fish groups are included and the book is entirely photographic.
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on 10 October 2007
This is a very ambitious work - the number of Indo-Pacific fish species illustrated is simply staggering, often showing regional variations and juvenile forms. On the other side, image quality and reproduction are often disappointing, and the minimal texts limit its scope somewhat. It will make an unbeatable identification and learning combo when paired with the equally interesting but infinitely better illustrated A Diver's Guide to Reef Life and A Divers Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife by Andrea and Antonella Ferrari - both featuring excellent written texts, exquisite color photographs and - in the case of the latter - hundreds of entries for cephalopods, crustaceans, nudibranchs and various other invertebrates. With these three field guides in your library almost no Indo-Pacific fish or critter will be able to escape identification!
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on 2 January 2015
a very comprehensive book to aid identification of fish in a very large area of water. If you're only diving in one area e.g. the Red Sea or the Maldives, then specific books on these areas cover most of the more commonly seen fish without confusing the reader, and often offer bigger photos and more info about the habits of certain fish species and families. This book packs in a lot and is the choice for the more experienced diver.
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on 1 July 2012
A vital guide for either the informed recreation diver or the pacific coral reef student/researcher/worker. The ID photos are some of the best I've seen snd the information content is small but involving and useful. Interestingly, I found the simply drawn lined diagrams at the beginning of each section of particular use in order to help distinguish between the fish families so if when diving - the name of the species escapes you as it speedily swims by (easily done with most tropical fish with such diversity to be seen in life stages let alone between species) you may still be able to deduce the family to which it belongs with this book's help. A good investment should you be keen to improve your tropical fish ID.
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on 27 September 2005
I have been diving in Sulawesi, and this book has been indispensable to recognise and enjoy all the different and peculiar underwater creatures of the Tropical Pacific.
There are lots of useful pictures, with short essential description.
The book is quite complete, but due to the incredible high marine diversity in this area, I found useful to accompany the review of the marine life encountered during the dives with other books, about crustacea, nudibranches, cephalopods or general ones, such as "Divers Guide to Underwater Malaysia Macrolife" from Andrea Ferrari, full of fantastic pictures and UW photograpy tips.
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on 4 June 2014
This book is co-authored by the author of the Reef Set that discussed corals,fish and creatures in the Caribbean.
The geographical extent of this book is a small eastern section of the Indian ocean,and the north and south Pacifics from Japan in the north the Great Barrier Reef in the south and Pitcairn island to the east.
Over 2000 species are represented in 2500 pictures. 20 identification groups are listed with common and scientific name,size,identification and habitat. There is an index for both types of names.
A true remarkable book deserves 10 stars.
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on 25 March 2014
I am the owner-operator of a scuba diving company in Bali, Indonesia.

This is the go-to book for all of my dive staff - and hugely popular with our guests too.

Well-laid out with great pictures and accurate information.

If you're going to buy just one book for the Indo-Pacific (and with this one, you don't need a second), this is the book to choose.
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on 13 December 2015
I can't tell you how many times I have consulted this book after a dive. It is treated like the bible in most dive shops I have been at. The photos are excellent, the writing concise and informative, and considering the number of fish species out there, the range it covers in such a compact book is incredible. Would recommend to every diver and tropical fish lover out there.
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on 18 February 2014
If you dont already have fish identification books, then this is a good place to start, however there is ALOT of overlap between this book and the indo- pacific version by the same publisher - same images and wording, so be careful your not just buying the same book with a different title!
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on 25 April 2013
I like this book in preference to some fish ID books because of the methodical way its laid out. Given that the chapters are based of physical characteristics of similar groups of fish, I find it makes it easier to identify an unknown fish from a picture (I've taken...).
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