Two Oceans: A Guide to the Marine Life of Southern Africa

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Struik Pub, 2007 - Nature - 360 pages
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This unrivalled field guide covers over 1,400 species of the most common forms of marine life that inhabit our coasts--including the invertebrates, fish, reptiles, mammals birds and plants. The book documents a selection of these, concentrating on the most frequently encountered species living in the intertidal zone and in shallow subtidal waters that can readily be explored by scuba divers. There is a particular focus on open-coast beaches and rocky shores, and aquatic estuarine animals and plants are also covered. Fish that are commonly seen in tidal pools or by divers, or those frequently caught by angers are included, as are smaller rock-pool fish. It will meet the needs of scientists, students, fishermen, scuba divers and beachcombers alike, encapsulating current knowledge and enabling the identification of diverse species, from sponges to whales and from seaweeds to mangroves.

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Great reference for anyone with an interest in marine life in South Africa.
Covers loads of species, but certainly not everything. Still, the wide variety of fauna and flora covered in this book
makes it to be an excellent field guide and definitely the first book I reach for when trying to put a name to an animal. A must for divers and beach combers.
It's probably the best book of it's kind in South Africa.

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