Introduction to Marine Life
This comprehensive guide aims to introduce the broad diversity of marine life to amateur naturalists, beachcombers, divers and others who have an interest in life in the sea.
All major kinds of living marine organisms are described, from seaweeds to seabirds, seawhips to seahorses, both common and obscure. Illustrated quick guides enable identification of the main groups with stunning colour illustrations of local examples from southern Australia. Dangerous marine life, introduced species and fishing bait species are also included. The end matter includes an extensive further reference section, a glossary and scientific and common name indexes.
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Australian marine life
In this entirely new edition, marine scientist Dr Graham Edgar describes over 1400 of the most commonly seen plants and animals of temperate waters, including notes on their habitat and distribution, and more than 1500 full-color photographs. A valuable reference for academic biologists, this book contains a wealth of information and stunning photographs.
Note: This appears to be out of print and I’ve struggled to find recent editions. It’s a great book if you can track it down
Crabs, Hermit Crabs and Allies
This guide aims to familiarise amateur naturalists, beachcombers, divers and others who have an interest in crabs, hermit crabs and their close relatives: what they do, how they behave, their environment, ecology and diversity.
Species descriptions are accompanied by colour photographs, line drawings and illustrations for easy recognition. Maps, further references, a glossary, and scientific and common name indexes are also included.
This guide covers barnacles of mainly south-eastern Australia and begins with information about their biology, habitats and diversity. A description of each animal is accompanied by a colour photograph. A key is also provided for easier identification of common barnacles, and also includes some of the rarer and less visible animals related to barnacles. The end matter includes both scientific and common name indexes, further references and a glossary.
We might think of sponges as bathroom objects but the living animals are far more interesting. They come in all shapes and sizes, occur in all oceans of the world and have amazing lives.
This guide introduces naturalists, divers and biologists to sponge species commonly encountered in southern Australia – their identification, biology, defences and associations with other animals. Species descriptions are accompanied by colour photographs, line drawings and illustrations to aid recognition
Nudibranchs and related molluscs
Nudibranchs, the ‘butterflies of the sea’, belong to a group that also includes bubble shells, sea hares, side-gilled slugs, sap-sucking slugs and sea butterflies (pteropods). This group includes some of the most beautiful, colourful and delicate of all marine creatures. More than 400 species of nudibranchs occur in south-eastern Australia.
This guide introduces marine naturalists, divers, biologists and others to the nudibranchs and related molluscs commonly encountered in the Bass Strait region—their identification, biology, and associations with other plants and animals that provide them with food, concealment and borrowed defences.
Shrimps, Prawns and Lobsters
For most of us, shrimps, prawns and lobsters immediately brings to mind something edible and tasty and many are small inconspicuous inhabitants living on our shores and in shallow water.
This guide includes a description of each animal accompanied by a colour photograph with information about each animals behaviour, diversity and ecology. The endmatter includes both a scientific and common name index, further references and a glossary.
Fishes of australias southern coast
Fishes of Australia’s Southern Coast brings together the latest scientific knowledge on more than 860 species inhabiting Australia’s temperate southern waters, from the Recherche Archipelago at the western end of the Great Australian Bight to Wilsons Promontory in the east, many found nowhere else. Those included range in size from tiny gobies and clingfishes less than 3 centimetres long, to the Whale Shark, the largest fish in the ocean reaching a length of 12 metres. Thirty expert ichthyologists from within Australia and overseas have written accounts of all species known to occur within the area
Life on the rocky shores of south-eastern Australia
This book is your essential pocket guide to any rocky shore or intertidal rock platform in Victoria, SA, Tasmania or NSW. Adults and children alike love exploring rockpools. Life on the Rocky Shores was first produced in 1980 to help people appreciate these wonderful environments. Now there’s a completely revised, fullcolour edition describing 96 intertidal plants and animals.
Handbook to australian seashells
Identify most of the shells you find, no matter where you are on the Australian coast.
A Handbook to Australian Seashells will help you to identify most of the shells you find, no matter where you are on the Australian coast. It includes over 375 species of the most common seashells found along our seashores. Each one is illustrated with a beautiful colour photograph showing its colours, patterns, shape and sculpture.
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