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Marine Life of the Maldives (Atoll Editions) Hardcover – 30 Apr 2000

4.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: James Bennett Pty Ltd (30 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1876410361
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876410360
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,320,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description


A comprehensive marine life identification guide on the Maldives in particular, and the Indian Ocean in general, with over 1000 colour photographs. It covers a wide range of the most commonly seen invertebrates and illustrates the extraordinary diversity and colour of the natural environment of the Maldives. It should be useful as a reference for scuba divers, reef walkers and snorkellers, as well as for aquarists and students of marine biology and natural history. The volume is based on scientific classification, and there is a full glossary that explains any reference to scientific terms. The main chapters cover marine plants, sponges, Cnidarians, flatworms, segmented worms, Molluscs, Crustaceans, Echinoderms and Ascidians, and there are further chapters on reptiles, sea birds and mammals.

From the Publisher

Atoll Editions is committed to developing knowledge and understanding of the marine environment in the Maldives and produces a great range of dive books, maps and atlases. Our independent publishing company, headed by author Tim Godfrey, is currently based in Cairns, Australia. We provide quality service to our local and international customers and promote exploration of the atolls of the Maldives and protection of marine life through our informative, comprehensive travel guides.
In addition to Marine Life of the Maldives by Neville Coleman, our current products include: Atlas of the Maldives: A guide for Travellers, Divers and Sailors (5th Ed.) by Tim Godfrey, Maldives Travellers and Divers Maps (5th Ed.) by Tim Godfrey, Dive Maldives (3rd Ed.) by Tim Godfrey, and Photo Guide to Fishes of the Maldives by Rudie Kuiter.
Atoll Editions is strives to continue mapping our marine parks and dive sites, and recording and photographing the marine life within them. Our reef mapping work is expanding and we are consistently revising our books as this technology evolves and developments take place in the Maldives Archipelago and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. By purchasing our products directly, you will be contributing directly to our reef mapping work in the Maldives and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Format: Hardcover
This is a carefully researched and beautifully produced work, with colourful photos of each species and detailed descriptions of their lives and habits. It even has a brief section on seabirds, for the diver who is interested in what he/she sees above water as well as below.
However, it is not made clear on Amazon that the book covers all aspects of Maldivian marine life EXCEPT the actual fish and sharks! I was hoping for a single book to take with me on my holiday. I would still highly recommend this book as a reference guide to everything else, but thought I should write this review to ensure no-one else makes the same mistake. Buy a fish identification book as well and you will be able to identify absolutely anything the Maldives throws at you!
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Format: Hardcover
I have a large collection of fish books but Coleman's book on Maldives is something new. Clearly set out and divided into sections on marine plants, sponges, cnidarians, worms, molluscs, crustacea etc etc it is beautifully illustrated with colour photos. Although aimed at Maldives I find a lot of the pictures relevant to other areas of the Indian Ocean. Each section has a clear and well written introduction explaining what the animals do and how they live, and for the diver interested in things other than just fish this is indispensible!
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Format: Hardcover
Reviewed for web site:- whats that fish. Wonderful book, full of pictures and information, a must have for any new diver going to the Maldives!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x933cad5c) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9368500c) out of 5 stars Comprehensive guide beautifully produced 28 July 2001
By Irish speaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
As a diver familiar with the Indian Ocean and its marine species I found Coleman's guide fantastic. Not only is it full of quality photgraphs but each section (divided by phyla e.g.Gastropoda, echinoderms etc) begins with a clear layman-friendly introduction to how the animals live and reproduce. There is a wealth of information in this book, and it is one of the few marine guides not to skirt the issue of coral bleaching and just how poor reef health in this part of the Indian Ocean can be. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the region's marine life - not just the Maldives. Wisely, Coleman has not included fish in this volume - an easier subject and covered by many other books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By whatsthatfish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
All you need for diving in the Maldives. Wonderful book, full of pictures and information, a must have for any diver!
HASH(0x93940030) out of 5 stars Marine Life in the maldives 6 Sept. 2007
By debs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Lovely book and well worth the money. Slightly disappointed that there were little or no fish in the book more corals plants crustations etc.I was visiting the maldives and a book with fish in would have been ideal as the reef visitors were fantastic and I would have liked to have been able to name them.
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