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New Book: “Life on the Reef: Corals, Sea Squirts, Sponges, Bryozoa, Comb Jellies, Marine Plants” by Andrey Ryanskiy
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, May 28, 2024 @ 03:30 AM (EST)

Reef ID Books has released a new book called Life on the Reef: Corals, Sea Squirts, Sponges, Bryozoa, Comb Jellies, Marine Plants. The “Indo-Pacific Field Guide” by Andrey Ryanskiy covers more than 1,400 species of reef animals and marine plants, and features over 2,100 full-color images.

The new book is available as a cross-platform eBook, a hardcover book on Amazon and as an Apple iBook. Other books in the series include Red Sea Marine Life, Nudibranchs of the Coral Triangle, Coral Reef Crustaceans from Red Sea to Papua, Reef Fishes of the Coral Triangle, and Starfishes and Other Echinoderms of the Tropical Indo-Pacific.


Life on the Reef: Corals, Sea Squirts, Sponges, Bryozoa, Comb Jellies, Marine Plants
Indo-Pacific Field Guide

Corals, sponges, bryozoans and sea squirts form a significant part of the biodiversity of a coral reef. Without knowledge of their main features, families and species, a scuba diver, underwater photographer or snorkeler cannot even understand what he sees underwater. This book provides not only this necessary knowledge, but also gives numerous examples of macro-life associated with it. This is important because it is impossible to be an expert on nudibranchs, shrimps or fish without knowing their habitats.

The book will be helpful for people in science and reef conservation, especially when doing surveys, as it is very comprehensive when it comes to benthic community. It incorporates the most current scientific research, including the latest taxonomy information as of publication date.

The reef animals and marine plants considered in this book are grouped into 10 phyla: Corals & allies (Cnidaria), Sea Squirts (Tunicata), Sponges (Porifera), Moss Animals (Bryozoa), Comb Jellies (Ctenophora), Brachiopods, Entoprocts, Foraminiferans, Sea Weeds and Cyanobacteria. The book also provides basic information about jellyfish. It features the species most commonly found underwater, as well as some of the most amazing species, such as the Immortal Jellyfish, the dangerous Box Jellyfish, and the Man of War or Bluebottle Jellyfish.

It is not surprising that corals, anemones and related species take up more than half of this book, given their enormous importance in ocean life and their amazing diversity. More surprising is the fact that, given the ongoing tectonic processes in the taxonomy of corals, popular guides written in language accessible to a layman have not been published for more than 20 years. However, the remaining groups of coral reef inhabitants from this book have been forgotten by the general public for even longer, and some of them are simply unknown to most divers, and underwater photographers today.

Inside the book:

  • Over 2,100 full color photographs of 1,430+ species;
  • Live photographs of most species have not appeared in field guides or popular books in recent decades;
  • Convenient pictorial guides are complemented by a genera index at the end of the book.

Together with this volume, the total coverage of the species in the Reef ID Books series of eight books reaches an incredible number of 8,500 species!

Gumroad https://reefidbooks.gumroad.com/l/corals

Reefidbooks official site https://reefidbooks.com/corals-sea-squirts-sponges-bryozoa-comb-jellies-marine-plants

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0D487N7G9

Apple Books https://books.apple.com/us/book/life-on-the-reef-corals-sea-squirts-sponges-bryozoa/id6502789194




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