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Coral Reef Fishes: Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean Including the Red Sea: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean (Princeton Pocket Guides) Paperback – 15 Jan 2002

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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press; Revised edition (15 Jan. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691089957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691089959
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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An excellent field guide to coral reef fishes anywhere in the world.... [It] fills a niche for amateur and professional visitors to reefs, combining in one compact volume what has previously required several, usually expensive, works. -- Naturalist



Scuba divers, naturalists, and anyone fascinated with the wonder of coral reef fishes will welcome this book with great enthusiasm. -- Wildlife Activist


An excellent field guide to coral reef fishes anywhere in the world.... [It] fills a niche for amateur and professional visitors to reefs, combining in one compact volume what has previously required several, usually expensive, works. -- "Naturalist

Scuba divers, naturalists, and anyone fascinated with the wonder of coral reef fishes will welcome this book with great enthusiasm. -- "Wildlife Activist

An excellent and handy reference source and would be an asset to any diver's library.--Doug Pemberton "Diver Magazine "

Skin divers, here is the capital 'D' Definitive guide to all the fishes you're ever apt to see on reefs down to 60 meters.--John Balzar "Los Angeles Times "


Skin divers, here is the capital 'D' Definitive guide to all the fishes you're ever apt to see on reefs down to 60 meters.
--John Balzar "Los Angeles Times "


An excellent and handy reference source and would be an asset to any diver's library.
--Doug Pemberton "Diver Magazine "

"Skin divers, here is the capital 'D' Definitive guide to all the fishes you're ever apt to see on reefs down to 60 meters."--John Balzar, Los Angeles Times

"An excellent field guide to coral reef fishes anywhere in the world.... [It] fills a niche for amateur and professional visitors to reefs, combining in one compact volume what has previously required several, usually expensive, works."--Naturalist

"Scuba divers, naturalists, and anyone fascinated with the wonder of coral reef fishes will welcome this book with great enthusiasm."--Wildlife Activist

"An excellent and handy reference source and would be an asset to any diver's library."--Doug Pemberton, Diver Magazine

-Skin divers, here is the capital 'D' Definitive guide to all the fishes you're ever apt to see on reefs down to 60 meters.---John Balzar, Los Angeles Times

-An excellent field guide to coral reef fishes anywhere in the world.... [It] fills a niche for amateur and professional visitors to reefs, combining in one compact volume what has previously required several, usually expensive, works.---Naturalist

-Scuba divers, naturalists, and anyone fascinated with the wonder of coral reef fishes will welcome this book with great enthusiasm.---Wildlife Activist

-An excellent and handy reference source and would be an asset to any diver's library.---Doug Pemberton, Diver Magazine

From the Back Cover

"I have used this book for identifying fishes I have seen underwater. It is one of the best for this purpose since it is handy and comprehensive, containing all likely coral reef fishes in the Caribbean and Indo-Pacific. Most other books contain only a subset. In addition, this guide provides clues for quick and proper identification."--Rainer Froese, Senior Scientist, International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (ICLARM), Philippines

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An excellent, compact, guide to over 2000 species of fish you're likely to see whilst diving on coral reefs. Each fish is illustrated in colour, with pointers to key distinguishing marks. Brief text covers where you are likely to spot the fish, and describes its habitat and lifestyle. You're further helped with identification by the book's diagnostic notes on the fish's family (wrasse family, angelfish family, etc).

An extremely useful book that manages to pack tons of information into a small, easily carried, volume. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to identify fish in the Caribbean, Red Sea, Andaman Sea, Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Now in its third edition, I have taken the first version on every journey I've made to the tropics and it is still the first book I turn to to discover what I have just seen.
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I brought this book for a marine conservation project in Fiji I was going on and it was great. It's small enough to carry round with you and take on the boat and it contained all the species I came across and needed to identify. Since then I have also used it in other parts of the Indo-Pacific - Borneo, Australia, Kenya and found it very good.
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This guide is illustrated throughout with drawings, not photos, and as such is an excellent compliment to any photo guides that anyone might have. It is particularly useful for helping confirm identification where a photo guide might have a photo of one species of a family, but not the one seen.
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Nicely compiled compendium of species, broken up by region for ease of reference. Not yet found wanting, by me, identifying fish and other creatures seen and photographed on holiday.

Good illustrations populate the pages, although my only criticism is that they could be a little sharper.
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This was a gift for my boss's birthday. He was going abroad to do his padi licence . He thought the book was great.
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Can be a little confusing as there are two ways of grouping the same fish. Useful size to take on expedition.
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Bought this for a holiday in the Maldives, as I knew I'd be doing lots of snorkelling.

It's easy to use, and quite portable.
Images and descriptions are very good.

I can't really comment on the range of species covered - suffice to say that every 'interesting' fish I saw was in there.
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This is a great resource when trying to identify fish. It can be a bit difficult to match the "paintings" with your pictures or memory of a new fish seen as the colours and contrast can be different. However, with a bit of care it is the best book to add to your identification library.
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