Two Oceans : A Guide to Marine Life of Southern Africa, New edition

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Exuberant in colour and bursting with life, Two Oceans captures the diversity of southern Africa's rich marine heritage. For well over a decade this unrivalled field guide has enriched the lives of scientists, students, divers, beachcombers and underwater photographers. This expanded and revised edition encompasses an additional 522 species, 850 new photographs and the latest biological information, enabling the identification of 1 900 species, from sponges to whales and seaweeds to mangroves. The authors, George...

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Overview

Exuberant in colour and bursting with life, Two Oceans captures the diversity of southern Africa's rich marine heritage. For well over a decade this unrivalled field guide has enriched the lives of scientists, students, divers, beachcombers and underwater photographers. This expanded and revised edition encompasses an additional 522 species, 850 new photographs and the latest biological information, enabling the identification of 1 900 species, from sponges to whales and seaweeds to mangroves. The authors, George and Margo Branch, Charles Griffiths and Lynnath Beckley, are internationally renowned scientists.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770077720
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 6/10/2010
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

PROFESSOR GEORGE M. BRANCH is world-renowned for his research on rocky shores.

CHARLES GRIFFITHS is an Associate Professor and former head of the Zoology Department, UCT, and author of over 100 scientific papers and four other field guides, mostly on marine life, and is a well-known natural history photographer.

DR LYNNATH BECKLEY is a dynamic fish biologist, respected for her expertise on the biology of fishes.

MARGO BRANCH is a biologist with wide interests and a particular skill in natural history illustration.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Classification system 11

Sponges 12

Cnidarians & comb jellies 22

Anthozoans 24

Sea anemones 24

Zoanthids 30

Sea fans & soft-corals 32

Thorny corals & sea-pens 40

Hard corals 42

Jellyfish 50

Hydroids & bluebottles 52

Comb jellies 56

Worms & kin 58

Flatworms 60

UnSegmented worms 62

Segmented worms 64

Leeches & bristleworms 64

Arthropods 76

Sea spiders, true spiders & insects 78

Crustaceans 80

Barnacles 80

Seed shrimps to tanaids 84

Isopods 86

Amphipods 94

Shrimps, krill, rock lobsters, prawns & mole crabs 100

Hermit crabs 114

True crabs 118

Bryozoans 134

Moss or lace animals 136

Lamp shells & molluscs 142

Lamp shells 144

Molluscs 144

Tusk shells 144

Bivalves 146

Chitons 160

Sea-snails & limpets 164

Sea slugs & nudibranchs 204

Octopus, squid & cuttlefish 216

Echinoderms 220

Starfish or seastars 222

Feather-stars 228

Brittlestars 230

Sea urchins 234

Sea cucumbers 238

Sea squirts & kin 242

Fishes 252

Jawless fishes 254

Cartilaginous fishes-sharks & rays 256

Bony fishes 266

Reptiles & birds 342

Turtles & snakes 344

Coastal birds 346

Mammals 360

Seals, otters & dugongs 362

Whales & dolphins 364

Seaweeds 370

Green algae 372

Brown algae 382

Red algae 392

Flowering plants 420

Monocotyledons 422

Dicotyledons 426

Glossary 440

References 442

Scientific index 444

General index 454

About the authors 456

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