Coral Reefs: A Natural History

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Available for Pre-order. Due August 2021.
Coral Reefs: A Natural History Author: Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Princeton University Press Pages: 240 Illustrations and other contents: 200+ color photos Language: English ISBN: 9780691198682 Categories: , , , , , , , , Tag:

An illustrated look at corals from around the world

Corals are among the most varied lifeforms on Earth, ranging from mushroom corals and leather corals to button polyps, sea fans, anemones, and pulse corals. Bridging the gap between plant and animal, these marine invertebrates serve as homes to reef fish and share symbiotic relationships with photosynthesizing algae, which provide corals with their nourishment.

Coral Reefs, A Natural History is a stunningly illustrated book that profiles the astonishing diversity of the world’s coral groups, describing key aspects of their natural history and explaining why coral reefs are critical to the health of our oceans. Representative examples of corals have been selected to illustrate the broad range of species, and the book’s lively and informative commentary covers everything from identification to conservation, making it an essential resource for marine biologists, divers, and anyone who is fascinated by these remarkable sea creatures.

  • Features more than 200 exquisite color photos
  • Highlights key aspects of corals and their natural history
  • Features representative examples from around the world
  • Includes photos of rare and unusual species
Weight0.6496812 kg


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Author Biography

Charles Sheppard is professor emeritus of life sciences at the University of Warwick. His books include The Biology of Coral Reefs and Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction. Consultant editor Russell Kelley is the author of the Indo Pacific Coral Finder and the Reef Finder. He is program director of the Coral Identification Capacity Building Program, which provides training in coral identification around the world.