Dr. Gerald R. and Steene, Roger. Indo-Pacific Coral Reef Field
Guide. Tropical Reef Research, Singapore, 1994.
An excellent introduction to over 1,800 marine plants, invertebrates,
fishes, reptiles, birds and mammals of the Central and Western Pacific
and Indian Ocean. A brief description of the members and their life
history introduces each group of animals. Although just a bit heavy,
this book could be your travel companion.
Greenberg, Idaz and Jerry. Guide to Corals and Fishes.
Seahawk Press, 1986. Waterproof. In pictures and text, it catalogues
and describes over 250 species of corals and fishes.
Hobson, Edmund S. Hawaiian Reef Animals. (Revised edition).
University of Hawaii Press, 1990. Recommended for divers and
snorkelers, this book serves as an accurate introduction to common
reef fish and invertebrates of Hawaii. Some of these animals will
be seen in the South Pacific as well. The text includes information
on habitat, life history, and even Hawaiian legends for representative
fish and invertebrate species.
Humann, Paul. DeLoach, Ned. Editor. The Reef Set. New
World Publications, 3rd edition, 1996. This is the premier guide
to the underwater world of the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida Coast.
Containing excellent photographs and identifying characteristics,
these 3 volumes are the bible for underwater travelers in these
Paul. DeLoach, Ned. Editor. Snorkeling Guide to Marine Life:
Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, New World Publications, Inc. 1995.
Practical guide to identify fish, creatures, plants and coral.
Spalding, M.D., Ravilous C. and Green, E.P., 2001. World Atlas
of Coral Reefs. Prepared at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring
Centre. Universitiy of California Press, Berkeley, USA. This
book is one of the most recent and complete works on coral reef
ecology and conservation. The book is divided in four major
parts. Part 1 covers the biology of corals and marine life associated
with coral reefs, threats to reefs and methods used to describe
coral reef health and density. The other three parts give a detailed
description of reefs in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Ocean,
complete with maps, aerial pictures and statistics for each destination.
Over 400 pages and illustrated with hundreds of images, this impressive
volume should be in every marine biologists library.
Steen, Roger. Coral Seas. Firefly Books, 1998. A unique
compilation of many years of observations by this seasoned underwater
photographer. Especially the photos of well camouflaged creatures
can help fine tune your own powers of observation.