Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea

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University of Hawaii Press, 1997 - Nature - 557 pages
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This is a long-overdue revision and expansion of what has become a classic book in marine literature. This lavishly illustrated volume provides exhaustive coverage of more than 90 percent of the region's reef fishes. Every species is thoroughly illustrated, including photographs of the juvenile, female and male in species that vary in appearance during their development. Besides the wide array of underwater and diagnostic laboratory photographs, the book also contains seven plates painted by the talented natural-history artist Roger Swainston. With an additional 32 pages and 90 photos (covering 60 new species in all), this revised and expanded edition will enable even a beginning layman to identify most of the region's reef fishes. Divers, anglers, underwater naturalists and professional biologists are equally catered to.

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External Features of Fishes
Anglerfishes or Frogfishes Antennariidae
Trumpetfishes Aulostomidae
Crouchers or Orbicular Velvetfishes Caracanthidae
Dotty backs and Eel Blennies Pseudochromidae
Cardinalfishes Apogonidae
Sand Tilefishes Malacanthidae
Dolphinfishes Coryphaenidae
Fusiliers Caesionidae
Coral Breams Nemipteridae
Butterflyfishes Chaetodontidae
Angelfishes Pomacanthidae
Glossary 482
Index 541

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About the author (1997)

John E. Randall has described 555 new fishes--more coral-reef species than anyone else in history. He has authored 635 publications in marine biology, 9 of which are regional guides on the fishes of the Caribbean Sea, Hawaiian Islands, Red Sea, Oman, and Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Since 1970 he has been senior ichthyologist at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu. "After getting a B.S. degree in zoology from UCLA in 1950, John Randall sailed his 37-foot ketch to Hawai'i for doctoral study at the University of Hawai'i. His first academic position was assistant professor at the University of Miami, Florida. Four years later, he accepted the position of professor of zoology at the University of Puerto Rico as well as director of the Institute of Marine Biology. He returned to Hawai'i in 1965 as the director of the Oceanic Institute. From 1970 to 2009 he served as the senior ichthyologist with the Bishop Museum. Dr. Randall is the world's foremost authority on tropical marine fishes. He has authored 745 publications in marine biology, which have included the descriptions of 27 new genera and 686 new species of fishes, ten of which have been discovered in Hawai'i in the last decade. He has written regional guides to the fishes of the Caribbean Sea, Red Sea, Oman, Maldive Islands, and the Great Barrier Reef of Australia." --Dr. Bruce A. Carlson, science officer, Georgia Aquarium

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