Reef Creature Identification: Tropical Pacific

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New World Publications, 2010 - Nature - 497 pages
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This reference detailing 1,600 animals with 2,000 photographs and descriptive text is not only the most comprehensive visual field guide to marine invertebrate life inhabiting the waters from Thailand to Tahiti, but also a pictorial tour de force skilfully bridging science and the aesthetic. For the past five years the two authors/photographers have delved deep into uncharted waters, not only visually documenting numerous species for the first time, but also incorporating the most recent taxonomic research of more than 40 scientific specialists. The text focuses on mobile species, highlighting crustaceans, molluscs, worms and echinoderms, however the pages include an overview of attached marine animals, and also explore facets of marine invertebrate behaviour. The guide provides a boon of information for diving photographers and underwater naturalists, known as critter hunters, who enjoy one of the most challenging games in the sea -- searching for charismatic mini-fauna of the reef. And for the armchair adventurers, the brilliant gallery of images brings an unseen, unimagined world to the surface like never before.

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Paul Humann is the author of handy aquatic books including Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas Including Marine Plants and Coastal Fish Identification: California to Alaska. Complete with full-color photographs, the books fully identify each fish, with details including size, distinctive features, habitat, and reaction to divers. Intelligently cross-referenced, these books enable the user to find specific information in a variety of ways, including by color and shape. Paul Humann spent many years as a successful lawyer in Wichita, Kans. He began photographing marine life in 1964 and was fortunate enough to have several pictures published. He left his practice in 1972 to pursue his dream. He bought a live-aboard diving cruiser and studied aquatic life for several years. He has studied and written extensively about marine life and his work has appeared in numerous publications.

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