Tuesday, July 17, 2012
1) Craig, Matthew T., Yvonne J. Sadovy de Mitcheson and Phillip C. Heemstra. Groupers of the World: A Field and Market Guide. 2012. CRC Press. Hardbound: 404 pages. Price: $79.95 U.S.
SUMMARY: Groupers of the World is a detailed but easy-to-use guide to the more than 160 recognized species, of these mostly large, colorful tropical reef fishes, also known as rockcod. Together with outstanding, full color photographs of these remarkable and important fishes, Groupers of the World has up-to-date biological, ecological and population information for each species. Groupers of the World: a Field and Market Guide is an indispensable publication for fisheries scientists and managers as well as divers, anglers, and those with an interest in reef fishes in general.
This book features:
*Includes approximately 175 detailed line drawings of each species and more than 350 color photographs depicting the living fish in their natural habitat as well as dead specimens, mostly photographed in markets
*Shows distinctive color differences between adults and juveniles, as well as regional color variations
*Provides clear descriptions to allow for reliable identification of any of the species, even by those unfamiliar with groupers
*Contains more than 150 individual color maps and descriptions summarize the known distribution of each of the groupers
*Serves as a valuable entry point for further research with almost 1000 references
RECOMMENDATION: A must have for those with an interest in Groupers or reef fishes in general!