The Ilustrated World Guide to MARINE FISH & SEA CREATURES

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      The marine habitats of the world are home to a more varied and concentrated array of animal life than anywhere on dry land. As marine scientists begin to penetrate even the most inaccessible of oceanic depths, there has never been a better time to observe and understand the bizarre and beautiful creatures that occupy the far-flung waters of the Earth.

      This stunning volume begins with concise coverage of the major marine groups that have evolved, and how they are equipped to survive and breed within their habitat, with analysis of the special anatomy that aids respiration, reproduction, feeding, motion and buoyancy. An illustrated explanation of taxonomy will help the reader to understand the laws that set some creatures apart and unite others. This structure is used throughout the book to group all profiled creatures, including sponges, corals, jelly animals, marine worms, molluscs, echinoderms, fish and marine reptiles. The fascinating world of bony and cartilaginous fish is explored in detail, with discussion of social behaviour and reproduction, and the extraordinary interdependent relationships that exist between parasitic and predatory species. Full-colour artworks of the major types of habitat, plus sections on sea-watching, will convince the reader that a startling number of species can be observed around the world, both on the shoreline and beyond.

      A world directory of up to 600 marine species, the vast majority of which are depicted in stunning colour artworks, reveals the complex relationships and systems at work in marine habitats. Read about the plate-like creatures that endure the perils of rocky pools and incoming tides; the reefs that teem with colourful life; the communities that exist at the edge of the continental shelf; the formidable creatures that hunt in remote waters; or the freezing, light-deficient conditions of the ocean deep. Each profile contains a quick-reference aid to distribution, plus concise information on habitat type, size, breeding, feeding behaviour, and, where applicable, status within the ever-growing community of threatened species.

      With 1000 colour photographs and specially commissioned artworks and maps, expert text and fascinating facts, this richly illustrated guide to marine life is a comprehensive reference source for every reader.

      - An authoritative and lavishly illustrated guide to marine life around the world, featuring profiles of hundreds of bony and cartilaginous fish, plus shells, crabs, corals, echinoderms, seals, jellyfish, dolphins, sharks, rays, sea snakes, and many more.
      - Over 600 of the most important coastal, shallow-water, open ocean and deep-sea species are profiled in a stunning visual directory.
      - Each in-depth entry provides a full description and fascinating details of the species: read about the predatory instincts of the tasselled wobbegong, the spectacular mobility of the eagle ray, the parasitic tendencies of a sea orange, and the immobilising sting of a blue jellyfish.
      - Quick-reference maps help the reader to pinpoint the distribution of all profiled creatures, and there are concise summaries of habitat type, size, life span, breeding and feeding.
      - An extensive introduction to fish explains the characteristics of all the major marine groups, from the simplest sponges to giant marine mammals, and describes clearly the principles of taxonomy, anatomy, breeding and general behaviour.
      - All the main types of marine environments are described and explored, from peripheral mangroves, pools and seashores to the near-impenetrable depths of deep-sea volcanic habitats.
      - Beautifully illustrated with more than 1000 specially commissioned watercolour artworks, maps and colour artworks.

Nr. pagini: 256

ISBN: 9781846812118

Format: 30x23 cm

An aparitie: 2007

Limba: Engleza

Autori: Amy-Jane Beer, Derek Hall, Geoff Swinney

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