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Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands
720pp. April 2005
Reef and Shore Fishes of the South Pacific: New Caledonia to Tahiti and the Pitcairn Islands
Author: Randall, John E.;
Choice Outstanding Academic Title

The South Pacific has long been in need of a comprehensive guide to reef and shore fishes. This volume covers the inshore fish fauna 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. It contains accounts of nearly 1,500 species of fishes, illustrated with more than 2,000 color photographs, taken mostly underwater. (A few drab species are illustrated by only black and white photographs or drawings.)

Species accounts are headed by the English common name, the scientific name, the author or authors who described the fish, and the date of the description. This is followed by a concise list of the characteristics needed to identify the species, the total length it attains, its distribution, habitat, and in summary form what may be known of its biology. More than 600 references are given for those seeking more information on individual species. The introduction contains a two-page color spread of the main external features of fishes. An extensive glossary of scientific terms precedes the index.

2,018 color illus.

Winner, 2005 Ka Palapala Pookela Award for Excellence in Production and Excellence in Text or Reference Books; Honorable Mention for Excellence in Photography

"An outstanding book for the specialist ichthyologist, the naturalist and the angler. It contains beautiful photographs, accurate descriptions and useful information on behaviour, reproduction, occurrence and some aspects of ecology." --AQUA: Journal of Ichthyology and Aquatic Biology, October 2005

"The tropical South Pacific has long been recognized as supporting both a diverse and unique fish fauna, and the literature abounds with descriptions of the taxonomy, systematics, biogeography and ecology of many species. What has been lacking, however, is a comprehensive treatment that accounts for all known species within a geographical area. Jack Randall's newest book takes a giant step in that direction. . . . Essential for professional and amateur reef fish watchers alike." --Micronesica

Author: Randall, John E.;
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.