Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific: Animal Life from Africa to Hawaii Exclusive of the Vertebrates (英語) ペーパーバック – Illustrated, 1996/7/1
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This new field guide will describe approximately l,000 species of invertebrates and tunicates that are found in the Central and Western Pacific and Indian Oceans. The narrative for each species will include a description of the animal and discuss its natural history and distribution. The photographs for this field guide have been contributed by 36 of the world's best underwater photographers.
Dr. Terrence M. Gosliner and Dr. Gary C. Williams are curators of invertebrate zoology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, and have published some 180 scientific papers and popular articles in the life sciences. They are both graduates of the University of California at Berkeley.
Terry obtained his Ph.D in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire, and is a world authority on opisthobranch mollusks. He has authored "Nudibranchs of Southern Africa," published by Sea Challengers. Terry is Senior Curator of Malacology at the Academy.
Gary earned his Doctorate in Zoology from the University of Cape Town, and is an internationally recognized authority on octocoral coelenterates. He is the author of "Coral Reef Octocorals," published by the Durban Natural Science Museum. Gary is Chairman of the Academy's Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology.
Both authors are currently focusing their field research in the tropical Pacific.
David W. Behrens is a Research Associate of the California Academy of Sciences, and has been a biologist with Pacific Gas and Electric Company since 1974. He is currently Senior Research Associate for Research and Development at PG&E. Dave holds a Master's degree in Marine Biology from San Francisco State University. He has authored over 60 technical and popular papers on the taxonomy of eastern Pacific nudibranch mollusks, fish population dynamics, and grey whale ecology. Dave is the author of "Pacific Coast Nudibranchs," also published by Sea Challengers.
The diver is overwhelmed by the variety and incredible color of reef life, then wonders what he is seeing. This book provides a great overwivw of this incredibly rich variety of life. The authors are excellently qualified for their difficult task as guides and te4achers of marine bilology, given their full time occupations as full-time marine biologists at the California Academiy of Sciences.
This book fits nicely in public libraries, and in the book shelves of divers, marine resorts, dive boats and of course, scuba divers.
I'm rating this book harshly became I see what more it could have been. It's also a heavy book, and weight is crucial on inter-island flights. Next time, I'm bringing Allen and Steene's Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field Guide. It has fewer entries and devotes the plurality of its pages to fish, which are better covered elsewhere, but it's lighter weight and gives size information.
After a trip to Fiji in 2011, I wish to revise this review to rate the item more highly. I remain disappointed in the lack of size information, and I still wouldn't carry it with me. But I find that as I try to identify the reef animals of which I took pictures, I'm using the book. I still want the book to be better, but I'm giving it three stars rather than two. Three seems to better reflect my ambivalence.