Reef Life

A Guide to Tropical Marine Life

Author: Brandon Cole,Scott W. Michael

Publisher: Firefly Books Limited

ISBN: 9781770851900

Category: Nature

Page: 616

View: 5287


Discusses what coral reefs are, what makes them unique, where they are found, what plants and animals make up their food webs, and what impact humans have on these fragile ecosystems.

Reef Life

Author: Andrea Ferrari,Antonella Ferrari,Linda M. Eklund

Publisher: Firefly Books

ISBN: 9781552096253

Category: Nature

Page: 287

View: 4395


Describes four hundred species living among coral reefs, covering the range, habitat, behavior, appearance, and size of each animal.

A Diver's Guide to Reef Life

Author: Andrea Ferrari,Antonella Ferrari

Publisher: Nautilus Books


Category: Coral reef animals

Page: 478

View: 7711


A Diver's Guide to Reef Life is set to become the indispensable companion for reef divers wishing to identify, photograph or learn about the myriad of fascinating creatures who inhabit the world's tropical reefs and mangroves. The definitive and concise descriptions are drawn from the authors' first-hand experiences and are sub-divided under the headings of distribution, size, habitat and life habits. Each of the book's 1200 listings are also accompanied by stunningly clear and detailed photographs, further facilitating the identification of species. The main body of the book is also complemented by two full indexes, one cataloguing species' common names and another for their latin titles. In addition, the authors also impart advice on how to use underwater cameras to capture beautiful images such as those presented within. Whilst the guide is primarily focused on the tropics' many species of bony fish, this attention is not at the expense of the reptiles, crustaceans and cartilaginous fish who also inhabit these fascinating sub-aquatic ecosystems. A detailed introduction also considers reef formation, history and ecological requirements. Conveniently sized to fit in any travel bag and printed on heavy-weight gloss paper, A Diver's Guide to Reef Life is the practical, affordable and definitive guide that will answer every question the inquisitive diver may choose to ask of it.

Caribbean Reef Life

Of the Bay Islands, Honduras

Author: Mickey Charteris (Underwater photographer)

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989052429

Category: Coral reef biology

Page: 347

View: 3748


Caribbean Reef Life is an essential field guide to the coral reefs of The Bay Islands, Honduras, with over 1000 species identified and described. The book covers marine plants, sponges, corals, invertebrates and fishes. Full of interesting facts and hints on finding your favorite species. This updated 2nd edition contains new photos and species to keep up with recent changes in marine taxonomy.

Reef Life

Natural History and Behaviors of Marine Fishes and Invertebrates

Author: N.A

Publisher: TFH Publications


Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 1544


An eye-opening look at what really goes on in the lives of coral reef fishes and invertebrates. Unforgettable photographs illustrate marine biology in action for all aquarists and underwater naturalists.

Caribbean Reef Life

A Field Guide for Divers

Author: Mickey Charteris

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780989052443


Page: N.A

View: 2458


Caribbean Reef Life covers the full range of a coral reef's biodiversity. This expanded third edition is more than just an ID book; it aims to give divers a deeper understanding of these dynamic ecosystems and how different species, including our own, contribute to the reef as a whole.

Life on a Coral Reef

Author: Mary Jo Rhodes,David Hall

Publisher: Childrens Press

ISBN: 9780516243955

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 48

View: 4401


Describes the kinds of plants and animals that live on a coral reef, and explains what threatens this ecosystem.

Clown Fish and Other Coral Reef Life

Author: Sally Morgan

Publisher: Qed Pub Incorporated

ISBN: 9781595665669

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 24

View: 3549


"An overview of coral habitats and the animals that live there, including clown fish, sharks, giant clams, and more"--Provided by publisher.

Tropical Sea Life

An Awareness Guide on Coral Reef Life of the Indo-Pacific Realm

Author: Michael Aw

Publisher: N.A


Category: Coral reef animals

Page: 158

View: 1519


The Biology of Coral Reefs

Author: Charles R. C. Sheppard,Simon K. Davy,Graham M. Pilling

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191057347

Category: Science

Page: 352

View: 9002


Coral reefs represent the most spectacular and diverse marine ecosystem on the planet as well as a critical source of income for millions of people. However, the combined effects of human activity have led to a rapid decline in the health of reefs worldwide, with many now facing complete destruction. This timely book provides an integrated overview of the function, physiology, ecology, and behaviour of coral reef organisms. Each chapter is enriched with a selection of 'boxes' on specific aspects written by internationally recognised experts. As with other books in the Biology of Habitats Series, the emphasis in this book is on the organisms that dominate this marine environment although pollution, conservation, climate change, and experimental aspects are also included. Indeed, particular emphasis is placed on conservation and management due to the habitat's critically endangered status. A global range of examples is employed which gives the book international relevance. This accessible text is intended for students, naturalists and professionals and assumes no previous knowledge of coral reef biology. It is particularly suitable for both senior undergraduate and graduate students (in departments of biology, geography, and environmental science) taking courses in coral reef ecology, marine biology, oceanography and conservation biology, as well as the many professional ecologists and conservation biologists requiring a concise overview of the topic. It will also be of relevance and use to reef managers, recreational divers, and amateur naturalists.

Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction

Author: Charles Sheppard

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191505234

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 4432


Coral reefs have been long regarded with awe by the millions of people who have encountered them over the centuries. Early seafarers were wary of them, naturalists were confused by them, yet many coastal people benefited greatly from these mysterious rocky structures that grew up to the surface of the sea. They have been rich in their supply of food, and they provided a breakwater from storms and high waves to countless coastal communities that developed from their protection. Their scale is enormous and their value high. Found in countless locations around the world, from the Indo-Pacific coral reef province to the Caribbean and Australia, they support both marine and human life. In this Very Short Introduction, Charles Sheppard provides an account of what coral reefs are, how they are formed, how they have evolved, and the biological lessons we can learn from them. Today, the vibrancy and diversity of these fascinating ecosystems are under threat from over exploitation and could face future extinction, unless our conservation efforts are stepped up in order to save them. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

What is Natural?

Coral Reef Crisis

Author: Jan Sapp

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195161786

Category: Nature

Page: 275

View: 2620


During the late 1960s and 1970s, massive herds of poisonous crown-of-thorns starfish suddenly began to infest coral reef communities around the world, leaving in their wake devastation comparable to a burnt-out rainforest. In What is Natural?, Jan Sapp both examines this ecological catastrophe and captures the intense debate among scientists about what caused the crisis, and how it should be handled. The crown-of-thorns story takes readers on tropical expeditions around the world, and into both marine laboratories and government committees, where scientists rigorously search for answers to the many profound questions surrounding this event. Were these fierce starfish outbreaks the kind of manmade disaster heralded by such environmentalists as Rachel Carson in Silent Spring? Indeed, discussions of the cause of the starfish plagues have involved virtually every environmental issue of our time--over-fishing, pesticide use, atomic testing, rain forest depletion, and over-population--but many marine biologists maintain that the epidemic is a natural feature of coral-reef life, and ecological "balance of nature" that should not be tampered with until we know the scientific truth of the crisis. But should we search for the scientific truth before taking action? And what if an environmental emergency cannot wait for a rigorous scientific search for "the truth"? The starfish plagues are arguably one of most mysterious ecological phenomena of this century. Through the window of this singular event, What is Natural lucidly illustrates the complexity of environmental issues while probing the most fundamental questions about the relationship between man and nature.

Life and Death Of Coral Reefs

Author: Charles Birkeland

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780412035418

Category: Science

Page: 536

View: 4914


Coral reefs have shaped the surface of our planet far more than has any other ecosystem. They are dynamic systems, producing limestone at the rate of 400-2,000 tons per hectare per year, and influencing the chemical balance of the world's oceans. Coral reefs have been around since before the prairies or other ecosystems of flowering plants existed, yet they vanish about a million years before other groups of organisms each time there is a global mass extinction. They return after each catastrophe, however, following a long period of absence. Although coral reefs are the most productive communities in the sea, the fisheries of coral reefs are among the most vulnerable to overexploitation. Despite having the power to create the most massive structures in the world made by living creatures (including man), the thin veneer of living tissue of coral reef is particularly sensitive to natural disturbances and effects of human activities. Coral reefs are the first to go during periods of climate change, but they have always come back. This combination of attributes, creative power and fragility, resilience and sensitivity, makes management of coral-reef systems a challenge to science. Over 70% of the coral reefs in the Caribbean and Asian waters have been degraded, and perhaps a third of the 400 species of corals in Japanese waters are in danger of local extinction unless effective coastal management practices are established. This book presents what is known about factors that shift the balance between accretion and erosion, recruitment and mortality, stony corals and filamentous algae, recovery and degradation--the life and death of coral reefs. Insight into the factors controlling the direction of these processes is essential for appropriate management decisions.

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling For Dummies

Author: John Newman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118069153

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 360

View: 847


For millions of Americans, diving offers the chance to get away from everyday life and enter a world of stunning natural beauty and fascinating complexity. And getting started is a breeze! Anyone can learn to dive safely and explore the world’s wondrous oceans – all it takes is a little training and basic equipment. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies presents all the fundamentals for anyone interested in getting dive certified or just looking for good snorkeling while on vacation. Written by PADI-Certified diver John Newman, this friendly guide covers everything you need to know to: Get certified Plan a great diving trip Save money on equipment Dive or snorkel safely This user-friendly guide starts by helping you evaluate your underwater skills and walking you step by step through a typical certification program. Once you're certified, it helps you pick a dive site, purchase and set up your equipment, and take care of any fears you might have. Then you'll discover what to expect on your first dive – from which creatures are dangerous to how to protect fragile sea life. Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies also covers these topics and more: Free diving Special breathing techniques Emergency procedures How to avoid the bends Handling dive anxiety The physics and chemistry of diving Staying healthy on dive trips Ocean ecosystems Rip tides and tidal waves Ten great dive destinations In addition to beautiful full-color photography and all the information you need to plan a dive trip, the book also includes a handy appendix of dive organizations and publications, as well as a CD-ROM sampler from PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors). Whether you're a novice diver or an old hand, Scuba Diving & Snorkeling For Dummies is perfect for anyone who wants to see the beauty of the ocean from a fish's point of view. Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs

The Unique South

Author: Scoresby Shepherd,Graham Edgar


ISBN: 1486300111

Category: Science

Page: 520

View: 3498


Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs presents the current state of knowledge of the ecology of important elements of southern Australian sub-tidal reef flora and fauna, and the underlying ecological principles. Preliminary chapters describe the geological origin, oceanography and biogeography of southern Australia, including the transitional temperate regions toward the Abrolhos Islands in the west and to Sydney in the east. The book then explains the origin and evolution of the flora and fauna at geological time scales as Australia separated from Antarctica; the oceanography of the region, including principal currents, and interactions with on-shelf waters; and the ecology of particular species or species groups at different trophic levels, starting with algae, then the ecological principles on which communities are organised. Finally, conservation and management issues are discussed. Ecology of Australian Temperate Reefs is well illustrated with line drawings, figures and colour photographs showing the many species covered, and will be a much valued reference for biologists, undergraduates, and those interested and concerned with reef life and its natural history. 2014 Whitley Award Commendation for Marine Ecology.