An essential reference for biologists, naturalists and divers that frequent the region, the "Reef Fishes of the East Indies" is the most up to date guide offering comprehensive information on every known reef fish species from a region known as the global epicenter of marine biodiversity. The book set contains concise descriptions of each of the 2,631 currently known reef fish species from the region, and features over 3,600 colour photographs of which approximately 40 percent have never before been seen in print. Careful attention to detail has been paid to illustrate the morphological variances between species and within species to differentiate between the sexes, life stages, as well as those species that have multiple regionally-specific colour patterns.
"The need for an up-to-date reference to the reef fishes of this region has been obvious for decades, as scientists have traditionally relied on outdated monumental works such as M. Weber & L.F. de Beaufort's 'Fishes of the Indo-Australian Archipelago', published as 11 volumes between 1911 and 1962. Publishing this book has been a dream I've nurtured since I was a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in the 1960's," said Dr. Gerald Allen, "and I'm proud to note that we've nearly doubled the number of reef fishes previously reported from the region." Allen is an acclaimed author of 35 other guides, but Reef Fishes of the East Indies represents his greatest achievement yet, capping a long and illustrious career in ichthyology.
The coverage area of the book includes the Coral Triangle (including Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands) as well as the South China Sea (including Brunei Darussalam to Vietnam and Singapore), the Andaman Sea (including Thailand, Myanmar, and the Andaman Islands of India) and Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean. It covers all shallow-water (0-75m) reef-associated fish species known from the region, including both obligate reef dwellers and those that are commonly observed passing through reef areas or in the soft bottom areas just adjacent to reefs.
It's been an honor working with Dr. Allen on what can only be described as his magnum opus, capping an illustrious career in biodiversity studies said Dr. Mark Erdmann. "We're also delighted to be able to present this reference to governments and universities in the region, who have been invaluable partners in advancing this research. It is our sincere hope that this book will serve as an inspiration for us to appreciate the tremendous marine biodiversity that we are custodians of, and also help to guide governmental efforts to better manage their marine resources for the benefit of their people."
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