Ecology and Natural History. Page one.


FISH AND MARINE MAMMALS


  • Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific
  • Tropical Marine Life of the Indo-Pacific Region
  • Reef Fishes of the Indo-Pacific
  • Grant's Guide to Fishes
  • Our Big Blue Backyard
  • Whales and Dolphins of Aotearoa
  • Fishes of New Zealand
  • Kahawai.The People's Fish
  • Know Your New Zealand Fishes
  • Common New Zealand Marine Fishes
  • Photographic Guide to the Sea Fishes of New Zealand
  • Dolphins of Aotearoa - Living with New Zealand Dolphins
  • Coral Reef Fishes
  • Fishes of the Open Ocean
  • Reef Creature Identification Tropical Pacific
  • Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific
  • Whales Dolphins and Seals
  • Guide To Marine Mammals Of The World
  • Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean Sea

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    REEF AND SHORE FISHES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC
    New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands.

    By John E Randall. Hardback, 3.08kg, 280mm x 225mm, 707 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2005.

    Features 2,018 colour illustrations of the fishes of New Caledonia, the Loyalty Islands, the southern Gilbert Islands (Kiribati), Tuvalu, Fiji, the Wallis Islands, Tonga, Samoa, American Samoa, the Tokelau Islands, the Phoenix Islands, the Cook Islands, the Austral Islands, Rapa, the Society Islands, the Tuamoto Archipelago, the Marquesas Islands, and the Pitcairn Islands.

    Compiled for divers and those fishing in the region, this comprehensive reference describes the many thousands of fish species of the shore area (to a depth of 200 metres) of the islands of Oceania (below the equator to 27 degrees South, and excluding Easter Island, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu). Superb color photos depict most species in their habitats; some are of preserved specimens. A description of the genus precedes description of each species, including a note of the original publication and author responsible for identification.

    The author is the senior ichthyologist at Bishop Museum in Honolulu and a world authority with an extensive publication record, including a similar guide to the fishes of the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea.

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    TROPICAL MARINE LIFE OF THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION.
    By Matthias Bergbauer and Manuela Kirschner. Paperback, 0.44kg, 130mm x 192mm, 223 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2014.

    For all divers and snorkellers, the vivid marine life of the Indo Pacific Region is shown in all its astonishing detail in this handy, pocket-sized identification guide.

    Over 270 species of fish, reptiles, marine mammals and invertebrates are depicted in spectacular photgraphy, accompanied by concise details of size, depth range, and distribution. Precise descriptions of biology and behaviour of each species is also included.


    Areas covered:

  • Red Sea,Indian Ocean, Maldives, Sri lanka, Thailand,
  • Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia. Philippines, Australia
  • Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia

    This is a great introduction to the amazing life within the oceans of this region.

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    REEF FISHES OF THE INDO-PACIFIC.
    By Matthias Bergbauer and Manuela Kirschner. Paperback, 0.86kg, 148mm x 210mm, 352 pages, Full colour photographs. Published 2014.

    The coral reefs in the Indo-Pacific are bursting with marine life and are home to more animal species than any other diving spot in the world - more thann 40% of all coral reef fishes known worldwide. Added to this, the waters are crystal-clear, giving the best chance of viewing the incredible species diversity.

    The Indo-pacific is the dream destination for all divers and snorkellers and this book covers:

  • Mauritius
  • Seychelles
  • Maldives
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • Malaysia
  • Singapore
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Australia
  • Micronesia
  • Melanesia
  • Polynesia

    This perfect guide to life among coral reefs includes identifying marks, size, biology and distribution for over 800 species. Fishes, invertebrates, reptiles and sea animals. Top quality photos of each species with juvenile, sub-adult and colour variants.

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    GRANT'S GUIDE TO FISHES
    By Ern Grant. Hardback, 2.4kg, 180mm x 250mm, 880 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2014.
    Although originally Queensland-centric, it now covers all commonly-caught fish across Australia. It contains:
  • 1078 fish, sharks & rays
  • 1007 colour photographs, many full-plates, and all bled to the page edge for maximum size
  • A new pictorial index called "A Guide to the Guide", a photo index of typical types of fish. For example, if you see something like a whiting, and find a fish like it in this index, it leads you to a page of whiting. Therefore, other whiting can be found in that part of the book. Grant's Guide to Fishes is well-known across the country, and copies have sold in every state. It is an institution, and many readers have commented that no other book comes close to its quality and the ability to identify an Australian fish. The author, Ern Grant, spent most of his career as Queensland ichthyologist (fish scientist) and amassed an enormous knowledge and photographic record of Australian fish through his lifetime. He continues to write and update the book at age 90, and the latest 12th edition is a continuing evolution of this lifetime's work.

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    OUR BIG BLUE BACKYARD
    By Janet Hunt. Paperback, 0.99kg, 195mm x 255mm, 268 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2014.
    This is the story of New Zealand's 38 marine reserves - what they are, how they came to be, and what they achieve. Award winning author Janet Hunt, underlines the fragility of our underwater world, the wonder and locomotion of the sea mammals, the behaviour of the small creatures and the intricacies of the kelp gardens.

    Most New Zealanders live within 50 kilometres of the coast and our lives are interwoven with the big blue backyard that we all share. A backyard in constant change, shimmering, restless, alive. A riot of underwater colour, light, reflection and movement.

    This important, landmark book examines the connection we all have to the sea, our responsibilities, and the need to protect and preserve our seas and foreshore in their natural state.

    Each chapter contains features about outstanding plants, birds, fish, mammals, invertebrates and crustaceans as well as interviews and items of interest about people associated with marine conservation—divers, underwater camera operators, marine biologists, Experiencing Marine Reserves (EMR) people, including young folks who have had recent marine encounters.

    From New Zealand's most distant marine reserves (the Kermadecs and the Auckland Islands) to the Poor Knights, and from the five reserves of the Hauraki Marine Park to the ten reserves of Fiordland, this book also covers New Zealand's marine animals and their unique environments. It's a fascinating tale, with stories of conger eels prowl for sleeping fish, mass gatherings of fish, tropical turtles, the snatch-and-grab habits of gannets and much much more.

    Our Big Blue Backyard is based on a six-episode television series made by Natural History New Zealand and which is to be screened on TVNZ in late 2014 but it goes much further than the six episodes go. This entertaining, beautiful and engaging book about our little-known backyard oceans, the place where the world's largest marine predators and weirdest fish live, covers a wide variety of life from the sub-tropical seas to the sub-Antarctic oceans. It makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the sometimes contested waters that surround us.

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    WHALES AND DOLPHINS OF AOTEAROA.
    By Barbara Todd. Paperback, 1.15kg, 210mm x 270mm, 292 pages, Full colour and black & White photographs, line drawings and some maps. Published by Te Papa Press 2014.
    Marine mammal expert Barbara Todd uses a powerful combination of science and culture to explore whales' incredible diversity, biology, and adaption to life in the oceans.. Stories about people whose lives have been inextricably linked with whales - including legendary Maori whale riders, international scientists, conservationists, and former whalers - reveal our changing relationship with these majestic and beautiful creatures.

    Hundreds of breathtaking photographs, historical pictures, astonishing facts and informative illustrations - plus a special section detailing every species known in the New Zealand waters - bring the whales and dolphins of the South pacific to life.

    This book is a journey into the wold of the cetaceans, in particular the world of the 42-45 species and sub species that inhabit the New Zealand waters. It plunges into their ocean home, and goes back millions of years to a time when the ancestors of the whales were four-legged, hoofed creatures living on the edge of a tropical sea.

    Chapter Include:

  • In the beginning
  • Understanding Whales
  • Whale Strandings
  • Whales and people
  • Whaling and whale research
  • Conservation
  • NZ cetaceans
  • Toothed whales and baleen whales

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    THE FISHES OF NEW ZEALAND. A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE
    By Clive D Roberts, Andrew L Stewart, Carl D Struthers (Editors). 4 Hardback volumes in Slipcase. 11kg, 320mm x 230mm, 2000 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2015.

    Explore, discover and identify every known species of New Zealand fish in this encyclopaedic and beautifully illustrated guide.

    The Fishes of New Zealand represents the culmination of decades of collecting and taxonomic research by scientists based at New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, in collaboration with specialists worldwide. It reveals the history, diversity, and biogeography of the region’s rich freshwater and ocean life across New Zealand’s vast aquatic environments.

    Comprising thorough and accessible descriptions of each of the more than 1250 species found in New Zealand waters, this essential four-volume book introduces many newly discovered and identified specimens, and over 140 species new to the area. Each species features diagnostic, taxonomic, distribution and biological detail, accompanied by richly produced photographs, maps, and illustrations.

    An indispensable reference for researchers, conservationists, professional and recreational fishers, and anyone interested in the unique aquatic biodiversity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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      KAHAWAI. THE PEOPLE'S FISH
      By Gerard Hindmarsh. Softback, 0.65kg, 200mm x 245mm, 159 pages, full colour photographs. Published 2015.

      Kahawai means ‘strong in the water’. Long sought after by Maori, these beautiful, fighting fish are second only to snapper as New Zealand’s most caught recreational fish species. You can still readily catch kahawai from the shore and at tidal river mouths, with a bag limit of 20 fish and no minimum size, while out on the water ‘work-ups’, the feeding frenzies where huge numbers of these fish go wild chasing prey, are legend among fishers.

      Kahawai. The People's Fish is Gerard Hindmarsh’s celebration of this often under-appreciated fish. With history, information on biology and behaviour, plenty of fishing stories, vital tips on how best to catch them and details on how to prepare them for eating and smoking. Kahawai deserves a better reputation as an eating fish, as prepared properly, it is delicious. The 30 recipes included in this book cover everything from using smoked kahawai, through to how to prepare risottos and fish cakes.

      This is the complete guide for all New Zealand fishers, boaties, foodies and anyone else who appreciates and treasures our marine environment.

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      KNOW YOUR NEW ZEALAND FISHES.
      By Jenny & Tony Enderby. Paperback, 0.4kg, 152mm x 216mm, 176 pages, full colour photos.
      New Zealand's seas and freshwater habitats are home to more than 1100 known fish species, with scientists regularly adding new discoveries to the tally. Whether you like to fish, snorkel, dive or swim off the beaches and lake shores, or you simply have a personal interest in aquatic life, you'll welcome this fact-packed book. Featuring fishes of the rocky and sandy shores, reefs and open water, as well as some of the unusual species that wash in on tropical currents, not to mention representatives from rivers and lakes,
    • Know Your New Zealand Fishes describes more than 80 of the country's best-known or most significant species.
      Each entry includes:
    • text on distribution, appearance, behavior, diet and breeding habits
    • spectacular colour photography of the fish in its natural environment
    • sub-entries, where applicable, of similar or related species

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      COMMON NEW ZEALAND MARINE FISHES.
      By Chris Paulin. Pbk, landscape 210mm x 150mm, 80 pages, monochrome drawings.
      This is an illustrated guide to 72 fishes and seafoods commonly caught around New Zealand. Each illustration is clearly marked with distinguishing features for easy identification. There are brief descriptive notes about each fish, alternative names, distribution, biology, depth range, fishing methods and eating qualities.
      The author is a curator of fishes at the Museum of New Zealand and co-author of the comprehensive guidebook New Zealand Fish.

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      photographic guide to the SEA FISHES OF NEW ZEALAND,
      By Wade Doak. Pbk, 95mm x 190mm, 140 pages, full colour photographs.
      The author is well known in New Zealand for his illustrated books on diving, marine life and underwater photography, and is widely regarded for his interest in natural history and the preservation of species.
      This book contains accurate, full colour photographs of 117 species. Each has an authoritative text describing the key identification features of the fish.
      The book is in a handy pocket-size and format, is easy to use for reference and will make a very useful addition to the personal library of anyone interested in finding out more about the ecology of New Zealand's seashore and coastal waters.

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      Dolphins of Aotearoa - Living with New Zealand Dolphins
      By Raewyn Peart. HBK, 225mm x 275mm, 307 pages, Colour and black & white photographs.
      Dolphins of Aotearoa explores the ongoing relationship between humans and dolphins in New Zealand. Over this Nations rich history , numerous people, both Maori and Pakeha have sought out dolphins, and a significent numbers of dolphins have, in turn, sought out humans. For many, encountering Dolphins has been a profound and life changing experience, and this book tells the stories of many of these remarkable encounters. From the very famous and well known 'Pelorus Jack', in the late 19th Century , to 'Opo' in the 1950s and more recently 'Maui' and 'Moko' in Kaikoura and the Marlborough Sounds respectively, this book is a wonderful testament to a species that interacts with humans by choice and by selection.

      Importantly, Dolphins of Aotearoa summarises the work of the dedicated researchers and scientists who, over recent decades, have learnt so much about our dolphins, and whose research has given, and driven, the conservation message for these deserving and much loved creatures.

      Extensively researched and lavishly ilustrated with historic and contemporary photographs, incorporating a guide to all of the resident dolphin species of New Zealand, this is an important and much needed addition to the literature of these wonderful marine animals.

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      CORAL REEF FISHES, Indo-Pacific and Caribbean.
      By Ewald Lieske and Robert Myers. Pbk, 115mm x 190mm, 400 pages, full colour illustrations.

    • Concise yet comprehensive guide to all fishes found in or near coral reefs to a depth of 60 meters
    • Expanded edition covering 2,118 species of coral reef fishes, including 44 new species
    • More than 2,500 color illustrations depicting the major forms of each species, including sex, age and geographical variations
    • Accessible text providing information on the coral reef environment, habitats, ecology, social interactions, conservation, and dangerous marine fishes
    • Detailed pointers for identifying fish

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      FISHES OF THE OPEN OCEAN.
      By Julian Pepperell. Hardback, 1.18kg, 232mm x 278mm, 266 pages, full colour illustrations and photos.
      The largest, swiftest, highest-leaping, fastest-growing and most-migratory fishes on the planet all live in the open ocean. Beautifully adapted to their world, they range from tiny drift fish to plankton-straining whale sharks, to streamlined predators such as wahoo, tuna, marlin and sailfish.
      The internationally bestselling Fishes of the Open Ocean, from leading Australian marine biologist and world authority on oceanic fishes, Julian Pepperell, is the first book to describe these fishes and details their biology and the complex, often fragile world in which they live. This award-winning guide provides information on all major species - billfishes, tuna and pelagic sharks and rays - as well as insights into many lesser-known ones, including flying fish, lancefish, giant sunfish, and the enigmatic oarfish.
      Global distribution maps, original illustrations from renowned artist Guy Harvey and stunning images from the world's leading underwater photographers allow for ready species identification.
      Divers, anglers, mariners and anyone with an interest in the ocean will find this book an essential reference.

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      REEF CREATURE TROPICAL PACIFIC.
      By Paul Humann & Ned Deloach. Published 2010 Flexicover, 154mm x 232mm, 500 pages, full colour photographs.
      This 500-page 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 skillfully bridging science and the aesthetic. The text focuses on mobile species, highlighting crustaceans, mollusks, 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, 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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      REEF FISH IDENTIFICATION TROPICAL PACIFIC.
      By Gerald Allen, Roger Steene, Paul Humann & Ned Deloach. Flexicover, 154mm x 232mm, 457 pages, full colour photographs.
      This books is the most comprehensive field guide ever compiled for identifying tropical Pacific fishes, with more than 2500 photographs of 2000 species taken in their natural habitats.
      Areas include Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, French Polynesia and beyond.

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      WHALES DOLPHINS AND SEALS.
      By Hadoram Shirihai & Brett Jarrett. Paperback, 0.59 kgs, 142mm x 217mm, 384 pages, full colour photographs and drawings.
      This is the first complete guide to the world's marine mammals. It covers the field identification - including geographical, sex and age variations - of all the whales, dolphins, seals and sea cows, plus the Walrus, Polar Bear and Marine otters.
    • All 129 species illustrated with over 500 beautiful new artworks
    • easily confused species are also shown together on comparison plates
    • Over 475 stunning colour photographs
    • Informative, up-to-date species distribution maps, including viewing hotspots
    • Includes a useful guide to some of the best marine mammal watching sites

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      GUIDE TO MARINE MAMMALS OF THE WORLD
      By R Reeves,B Stewart,P Clapham,J Powell. Hbk, 160mm x 235mm 527 pages, full colour paintings and photographs. Illustrated by Pieter Folkens.
      This wonderful guide covers Polar Bear and Otters, Pinnipeds, Cetaceans, and Sirenians. Each species has a detailed map of their extralimital records, and possible range. More than 320 superb colour illustrations show all the world's species of marine mammals in precise detail.

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      SEA FISHES OF THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
      By Lawson Wood. Softcover, 150mm x 210mm 128 pages, full colour photographs. 0.25 kg. Published 2015

      Sea Fishes of the Mediterranean reveals the fascinating wealth of sea life found in this diverse but little-documented region. This compact and easy-to-use guide, illustrated with many specially-commissioned colour photographs taken in a number of unique and exotic locations, is an essential companion for anyone interested in the marine life of the many seas that make up the Mediterranean Sea. Designed to be of practical use to divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers, this guide will be welcomed by the increasing number of visitors to the Mediterranean, which has become one of the most popular dive destinations in the world. It covers Gibraltar, Spain, France, Monaco, Corsica, Sardinia, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Greece, Crete, Cyprus, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.

      Lawson Wood is an award-winning underwater photographer and author. Well respected in international diving circles, he is the founder of the first marine nature reserve in his native Scotland and a founder member of the Marine Conservation Society.

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