The Reef Guide: fishes, corals, nudibranchs & other vertebrates East & South Coasts of Southern Africa
The Reef Guide documents some 800 reef fishes and invertebrates found along the east and south coasts of southern Africa. Following on the success of Dennis King’s earlier two titles, this impressive new guide features 578 species of fish and includes sections on anemones, starfish, snails, crabs and shrimps. Full-colour photographs and descriptive text for each species, along with useful and interesting information,make for easy identification. While focusing on southern Africa, the book is also applicable to the entire east coast of Africa, as well as the islands of the western Indian Ocean – Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, the Comoros and the Maldives. Indispensable for divers, snorkelers and rock-pool enthusiasts, as well as fishermen and marine aquarists.
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adult Inset anal fins anemone Attains 30 cm Attains 50 band bars black spot blotches bottom-dwelling invertebrates butterflyfish cardinalfish coral and rocky coral reefs crabs crustaceans dark brown depth of 30 dorsal and anal dorsal fin East Africa Eastern Cape extending from East extending to southern Feeds on small Feeds on sponges Feeds on zooplankton filefish flatworm goatfish head Indian Ocean Inhabits offshore coral Inhabits rocky shores initial phase intertidal rock pools invertebrates juvenile Attains molluscs Mozambique northern nudibranch occur offshore coral reefs offshore reefs Oman orange pairs pale parrotfish pectoral fins polyps prey Red Sea reefs at depths relatively common species Rhinophores rockcod rocky reefs rubble Sea and East shark shoals shores and offshore shrimp small fish small groups small invertebrates snapper snout southern KwaZulu-Natal spines stripes surgeonfish tail base tail fin tentacles terminal male triggerfish uncommon underside Western Indian Ocean Widespread Indo-Pacific Widespread Indo-West Pacific wrasse yellow zooplankton