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Corals Of The World (3 Volume Set) by J. E. N. Veron

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One of the most comprehensive, authoritative and spectacular productions ever given to a group of marine organisms. A three volume set with over 3,300 underwater photographs in color. Over 900 distribution maps. 450 pages per volume.

Encyclopedic information

  • One in ten species is new to science. There is a new family and several new genera. This book is the outcome of comprehensive taxonomic revisions of all reef-building corals.
  • Non-technical summaries of the distinguishing characters of all species, genera and families.
  • Information about the colours, habitats and abundances of all species.
  • References to taxonomic detail and regional field guides.
  • Chapters on `what are species?`, evolution, biogeography, the fossil record, coral reefs, the structure of corals, reproduction and dispersal.
An extravaganza of colour and art
  • A portrayal of the variety and the beauty of corals as never before.
  • Over 3,300 underwater photographs taken by some of the best known underwater photographers from around the world.
  • One hundred superb works of art reveal the beauty of microscopic detail.
From reefs to aquaria
  • A history of discovery.
  • Which comes first - the reefs or the corals?
  • Corals in aquaria: a new path of discovery.
Nine hundred distribution maps
  • An atlas of information and explanation.
  • One hundred superb works of art reveal the beauty of microscopic detail.
What are species?
  • The nature of species, how they vary according to environment and how they change geographically.
  • How variation in corals creates a complex of issues for taxonomy.
Reproduction and dispersal
  • The reproductive and dispersal mechanisms of corals.
  • How reproduction and dispersal relates to biogeographical and evolutionary issues.
Structure
  • A non-technical account of coral morphology.
  • A glossary explains all terminology.
Geological history
  • An account of the `big picture` of evolutionary change.
Evolution
  • The mechanisms which control the origin and evolutionary change of species.
  • An original concept which integrates the information and observations presented throughout the book.


The author Dr Veron took up diving in the mid 60`s and has been working on corals ever since - work that has taken him to all the major coral reef regions of the world. He is principal author of 12 books and monographs on corals including the award winning Corals in Space and Time. Dr Veron has three higher degrees including a DSc for his work on coral taxonomy. For many years he has been Chief Scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Corals of the World is an end product of thirty years of research. It is also very much the outcome of the author`s love of nature and was written for the use and enjoyment of all who appreciate the beauty of coral reefs and who want to know more about the organisms that build them.


The scientific editor and producer Dr Stafford-Smith has worked for 20 years on coral reefs worldwide. She specialises in eco-physiological questions and management issues and has an extensive taxonomic knowledge of corals. Through this work she expanded her expertise in information technology and developed interests in other fields, including design.

Corals of the World was created through Dr Stafford-Smith`s combined knowledge of coral taxonomy and computer technology. Like the author, it is also the outcome of a love of coral reefs and a desire to do her part for their long-term conservation.


Manufacturer Info

TFH Publications, Inc., a subsidiary of Central Garden & Pet Corporation, includes TFH Publications, which been at the forefront of pet publishing for over half a century; Nylabone Products, the leader in responsible animal care for over 50 years; and Tropical Fish Hobbyist Magazine, the industry`s leading aquarium fish magazine, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2002.

PATRICIA L COHEN from NAPLES, FL UNITED STATES

05/17/2010

Experience Level: Beginner

CORALS OF THE WORLD

THE BOOKS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND MORE THQN MET MY EXPECTATIONS.

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SEAN JONES from SANTA CRUZ, CA UNITED STATES

02/12/2010

Experience Level: Expert

Very comprehensive

A well written book. Very detailed. Pricey yes, but overall still a good buy.

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ZuErst Exclusive from GEORGETOWN, TX UNITED STATES

11/28/2009

Experience Level: Expert

Identification is possible

I ordered the set because a supplier of mine used it to show me a coral that neither he or I could identify. When he showed the book to me I reqlized I needed it. Each section of corals are broken down into where, what, and even when categories (so you can show off your knowledge). All the corals have a picture of them in the wild, usually another pic, an then a picture of the skeloton (this is a huge advantage in identification). The only dissapointment I found was the lack of any soft coral. For those sps and lps lovers the volumes are great. I'm very happy.

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MILES GOULD from DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, FL UNITED ST

05/12/2009

Experience Level: Intermediate

AWSOME

This is the greatest book I have ever seen about corals, I should have gotten it sooner, Don't let the price scare you, its worth 5 times that.

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MARCELO from TORRANCE, CA

08/20/2008

Experience Level: Intermediate

What a great resource!

I've purchased quite a few different books on corals and found this to be one of the most comprehensive collections out there! A must have for any and all hobbyists!

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STEPHANIE MILLER from Little Rock, AR

05/08/2008

Experience Level: Intermediate

Corals of the World

These are beautiful high quality books that I would recomend to anyone. The covers are nice and the pages are thick, and have the most beautiful color photographs. This set would be perfect for any aquarist considering this volume of books. They are loaded with a wealth of information. The books arrived expertly packaged and in mint condition. I've never received books that were packaged so well. Worth every penny!

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DarkRealm Overlord from

WOW

If you want in depth this is the book set for you. It tells everything about the coral you are looking at ranging from the area it is found, depth, colors.....you name it and its probably there.

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