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Helmut Debelius and Rudie H. Kuiter.
We frequently speak of ‘the ultimate guide', the ‘bible' of reference, yet not every reference book deserves such an accolade. The IKAN series of books certainly do, but whereas you may have thought that publisher/author Helmut Debelius has reached his zenith, he pulls another one out of his bag of exceptional knowledge, and produces - ‘Nudibranchs of the World'. This not an update of the acclaimed IKAN series Nudibranchs and Sea Snails, nor in many respects does it replace it  - Nudibranchs of the World is a brand new compendium of over 2500 colour photographs covering some 1180 species, allowing the identifcation of, probably, all known species. Accompanying information includes location and distribution, defence, behaviour, mimicry, camouflage size, and a general description. Because of the books organisation into family, genus, species, it is possible to discern the slight variations of som species between locations. Although authoured by Debelius and Kuiter, a total of 145 photographers from all over the world have contributed to the book. 
Hardcover, laminated board covers, large A4 format, 360 pages, index. $96.00

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Rudie H. Kuiter and Helmut Debelius.
This enormous book is the most comprehensive of fish identification guides that I have seen. It includes over six thousand full colour photograph covring 4,200 species, and claims to be a new benchmark for fish identification. ‘Presented here are the fishes one is likely to see when diving or snorkelling, as well as those that are of interest to those who main seawater aquariums.  It includes both tropical and temperate fishes, those that inhbit rocky reefs and coral reefs, inshore and offshore, and pelagics. The text is not extensive, with general information on habitat and distribution, number of species within a group, behaviour, aquarium considerations, identification between sexes and age. It is an invaluabl reference book for anyone interested in fishes. It is indeed huge, wighing in at over 3kg. Hardcover, laminated boards, just under A4 size, 720 pages full colour throughout, general contents list, scientific species name index. 

These superb books by Helmut Debelius and associated writers and photographers are the definitive guides for fishes and marine life, excellently produced in laminated board hard-cover. Debelius is the quintessential icythiologist, marine naturalist and photographer, and anything with his name is an icon for perfection. They are available in both English and German languages, although we  only stock the English editions. Each title is ideal for identification, with generally three or four full colour photographs on each page. The caption text to each concise, with a general treatise in each order. The production of the books is excellent, and the set would grace any professional library. The books are referenced by the professional marine scientist and the keen sport diver. Helmut visits Australia frequently and collaborates with Australian Rudi Kuiter on many marine projects. Bob Halstead, Ralf Hennemann and Mark Norman have also authored excellent titles within the series.
Each copy ....... $76.00
All highly recommended. 


The coral reefs of South East Asia harbour the greatest species diversity of all the oceans, not only for fishes, but also for invertebrates. With twenty thousand islands within the triangle Okinawa, Malaysia and eastern Indonesia, the reefs and coastal fauna is remarkable. Once again, the remarkable Helmut Debelius has compiled a wonderful volume of the marine life within the area, covering southern Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, southern China and Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, and the western Micrinesian islands of Yap and Palau. The islands of Sipadan, Flores, Bohol, Cebu, Bali, Ambon, Palawan and many more feature regularly throughout the book. Over 1,000 photographs, all taken in their natural habitat, cover all marine life - the fishes, crustacea, miolluscss, the soft and hard corals, the worms, and the echinoderms. And like all the other IKAN series books, twenty-two two-page picture stories add to the intrest and knowledge of the marine life: Anemone City, Master of Mimickry, Mouring for Napoleon etc. Most of the photographs are those of the author, with additional images from excellent photographers including Halstead, Kuiter, Steene and Tatsuuma. Hardcover, laminated boards, 320 pages, full colour throughout. 
Harry Erhardt & Daniel Knop. 
At last - a first class reference on hard and soft corals, gorgonians and sea anemones that is both authorative and interesting. Like all IKAN series publication, it has the standard hardcover format, 304 pages, gloss art paer, and over a thousand full colour photographs. Divided into the accepted categories of genus within family within order, this is an excellent identification guide with generally three colour images per page, and commences with a general introduction to corals and coral reefs. Like all IKAN books it contains picture stories, eleven in this case, including essays on man's influence on coral colonies, the commercialism of red coral, coral farming, propagation of soft corals, corals unde the microscope, coral bleaching, coral spawning, and the obiquitous Crown-of-Thorns starfish. Covers the huge region from the Red Sea through to the west coast of the Americas. 
And yet another great title in the IKAN series by Helmut Debelius. This book covers the shrimps, crabs, lobsters, mantos shrimps and amphipods, within the regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, Red Sea, Mediterranean, Pacific and Indian Ocean. A superb identification guide and reference, exceptionally well produced, in full colour. Covers aspects of behaviour and habitat. 
Hardcover, 318 pages. 
See review below.
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Bob Halstead. 
This full color reef creature identification guide contains exquisite underwater photos of over 1000 marine species, from the Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Solomon's, Vanuatu to New Caledonia.  Along with the descriptive information to identify each species, the book includes interesting behavioral and habitat information.
The author, Bob Halstead, a degreed educator and scientist, is a household word in the Indo-Pacific diving industry and has made more than 7000 in the Coral Sea to amass this collection of photos.  Bob, winner of multiple photographic awards, has authored several books, and published dozens of magazine articles.
Another superb book in the IKAN series, produced by Helmut Debelius, published by Sea Challengers.
Hardcover. Approx 320 pages. 
See review below.
From the Red Sea to South Africa and across to the West Coast of the Americas. 
At last - a definitive guide to Nudibranchs which includes Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea and the islands of the Pacific. Debelius has also included the subclasses Prosobranchia - the abalones, limpets, cowries coneshells, helmets and tritons just to name a few. Not only is this a superb book for knowledge and identification, but it is also extremely well produced, in hardcover, on quality art paper, with excellent design layout. 
Helmut Debelius.
Another superb title from one of the world's finest icthyologists and marine naturalists - and a superb photographer. His books are perfect, for identification and general knowledge of the species covered - usuaally three of more photos per page, with concise text. The proeduction of all his books is excelent. This book covers the complete Indian Ocean rim, inclusing of course Western Australia, Cocos and ChristmasIslands, the Maldives, Sri Lanka mauritius, and down the eastern African coast. Covers the reef invertebrates, fishes, corals, and even the odd shipwreck. A wonderful book, as would be expected from Debelius.
Helmut Debelius. 
From Spain to Turkey; from Norway to South Africa. Another brilliant title by Helmut Debelius. The impressive photographs, authoritive text and excellent layout make this a superb book, and more than adequately complements the others in his series. Species include those found off the United Kingdom coast and western Europe; the Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands, Ascension Islands, remote Saint Helena, and St.Paul's Rocks; the west coast of Africa down to the Cape; and of course the Mediterranean. A brilliant book. Harcover, full colour, 303 pages. 
Peter Wirtz and Helmut Debelius.
Another superb publiation in the IKAN series, covering the north-east Atlantic from the equator and Canary Island north to Norway, and from Turkey and Cyprus in the eastern Mediterranean throuigh to Spain, including the islands of the Mediterranean and both the north and south shores.Brilliantly produced in full colour, with two or three imags per page, we have all the invertebrates from Sponges, Cbnidarians, the Worms, Arthropods, MolluscsEchindoerms and Kamptozoans. Typical of the IKAN sries, twenty-five ‘p[icture stories' are included, mking this not only a valuable identification guide but also an excellent informative and often humourous read.
Hardcover, laminated boards, 304 pages, index of scientific specie and genera names. 
Mark Norman. 
Octopuses, Argonauts, Cuttlefish, Squid, Nautilus.
Covers the world, especially the Pacific and Indian Ocans, Atlantic, Caribbean, Arctic and Antarctic. The author is an Australian marine scientist, at Museum Victoria. This is a remarkable book or remarkable ‘alien-like' creatures that cintuinue to fascinate anyone who has made contact. Includes 35 picture stories making it an indeal book for identification and general knowledge. Red of the mythology of the Kraken, Sperm Wars, the incredible Nautilus, Mugged by a Squid, a Dutch Marriage (?), and the Ginat Cuttlefish Spawning grounds.  318 pages, full colour. Some of the photographs are truly bizarre, whilst others are photographically superb, with contributions from Rudi Kuiter, Becca Saunders, Roger Steene, Norbert Wu. A very important book, contributing so mucg to our knowledge of marine life.
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SHARKS & RAYS - Elasmobranch Guide of the World. 
Ralf M. Hennemann. 
No other book worldwide gives so much information on so many species - 240 in fact, with over 600 photographs, and 33 picture stories that have made the IKAN series so popular. Includes also for the first time deep sea species taken from submersibles in their natural habitat. A detailed and comprehensive description for every depicted species is provided. Location of each photo is indicated. Approx. 320 pages, full colour throughout. A remarkable guide; a must for the diver and marine naturalist.
See review below.
Helmut Debelius. 
Coves the marine life - the fishes, mollusca, invertebrates, reptiles - all species in the Red Sea region, which includes the Arabian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aquaba. Over ten percent of the fish life here is endemic making the region one of the most fascinaating, and of course unique, in the world. And once again, this IKAN book contains over 1000 excellent colour photographs, most, but not all, by the author. And of course there are the picture stories - thirteen of them, inluding a superb ssay on marine animals as souvenirs.  And why is it calle the Red Sea - the book has the answer. Hardcover, full colour throughout, 320 pages.
Ralf Kiefner.  $76.
Another excellent title in the IKAN series of mrine books. This is th ‘bible' of the cetaceans, a guide to some ninety-five species of the two suborders, Mysticeti (Baleen Whales), and Odontocti (Toothed Whales). Includes, of course, the Porpoises. And lkike all IKAN guides, there are some thirty-two ‘picture stories', covering the lighter side of Cetacean behaviour.Nedless to say, strandings, illegal killings and environmental poisoning of whales is detailed. I could see nothing on Monkey Mia, nor on the butchering of dolphin in Japan - perhaps just as well.  Hardcover, 305 pages, full colour throughout, species index.
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Helmut Debelius (left) is proprietor of IKAN Unterwasser-Archiv, the renown publishing and underwater photograhic library, based in Frankfurt, Germany. Over the past quarter of a century he has dived and photographed the marine life in all the oceans of the world. His photographs have appeared in numerous book and magazines, and as a respected  icthyologist and marine naturalist, he has authored several books in his IKAN series. He is an associated of the Senckenberg Museum and an advisor to the German Minister for Nature and Environment. 
Rudi Kuiter is an Australian resident - an electronic engineer, underwater photographer and also a respected icthyologist and marine nauralist, with several books and numerous articles to his name. He is a regular visitor to Indonesian waters, and of course the northern reefs of Australia.
(Photo taken whilst visiting Oceans Enterprises).
Inspired by the adventures of Hans and Lotte Hass, Bob leaned to dive in 1968. 
After emigrating to Australia from England in 1973, Bob was employed as an Education Officer in Papua New guinea - and with some luck was posted to Milne bay, one of the finest diving areas in the world. With his wife Dinah, he formed the forst sport diving operation in PNG, and over the next twenty five years thoroughly explored and photographed the marine life in what has now become known as an underwater paradise. Bob has won many underwater photography awards and his articles and photographs have appeared regularly in many international magazines and books. 
Bob and Dinah now live near Cairns, giving then easy access to the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea region. The beard has gone and Bob appears now more often behind a trumpet than a regulator. 
Previous publications include the Coral reefs of Papua New Guinea, one of the Lonely Planet guides, to PNG of course, and the New Holland publication The Dive Sites of Papua New Guinea. 
(Photo taken whilst diving off New Hanover, PNG)
Born in Germany in 1957, he studied biology, chemistry and physics, and worked in the  Baltic Sea, North Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. He moved to Kiel in order to pursue a degree in Marine Biology, and launched several expeditions to the Red Sea. His main interest had always been sharks and rays, and became a a fossil collector of the teeth of elasmobranchs. 
Dr. Mark Norman is a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and also works at Museum Victoria, with specialist interests in the biology, behaviour and evolution of cephalopods, from the pygmy octopuses to giant squid. His work is supported by the Australian Biological Resources Study. Despite not even seeing one single octopus on his first field trip to the Great Barrier Reef, he has since discovered more than one hundred new species and is a world authority on cephalopods. 


SHARKS AND RAYS Elasmobranch Guide of the World. Ralf M. Hennemann.
"A Shiver of Sharks" - what an imaginative way to describe a bunch of elasmobranches. Luv ‘em or loathe ‘em, sharks and rays demand respect. From the tiny Catsharks to the great Whale sharks; from the docile Zebra sharks to the Great White, each animal has its own fascinating characteristics, and each is detailed in this new title in the IKAN series of marine publications. Lets go beyond the public sensationalism of shark attacks and get to know the species better.  With over 600 photographs taken in their natural habitats by more than a dozen renown photographers, Sharks and Rays provides a detailed description of their taxonomy, habitats and distribution - an excellent identification guide to 240 species, including, for the first time, a deep sea species, photographed from a submersibles in their natural habitat. You wont find a photo of Rod Fox's punctured torso here, but like all the titles in the IKAN series, this book is made all the more enjoyable by the  thirty-three ‘picture stories' - mini chapters on specific aspects related to sharks and rays - some of which you may find disturbing, many amusing and intriguing - all interesting. No doubt many elasmobranch enthusiasts became encouraged in their observations when Fernande Herwarth hand-fed sharks in the Maldives for the tourist divers. The fact that she was complete nude was, no doubt, beside the point. (Yes, yes, there is a photo of Fernande in the book). Most of us however take diving with sharks more seriously, and if an adrenalin-pumping opportunity arises to do so, we tend to have a better knowledge - and respect - of these magnificent creatures. (There is a picture story on ‘The Ethics of Shark Feeding'). You will not be impressed, (but no doubt not surprised), by the wholesale slaughter of sharks in Indonesia - just for their fins to satisfy the Asian market. As for the body of the animal, the nutrient rich meat, it just goes to rot on the seabed. Perhaps your outraged emotions will be balanced by the charming symbiotic relationship between the Angelfish and Hammerheads, or the "Dance of the Stingrays". Whereas Sharks and Rays has none of the drama of shark attacks, it does include several increcible photographs of the Great White. There is a wealth of knowledge in Sharks and Rays, not only as a ID guide, but as a great read. With the imaginative design by IKAN editor and producer Helmut Debelius, Hennemann has produced surely the finest book of elasmobranch identification and information currently available.
Review by Peter Stone. Scuba Diver magazine.

When Helmut Debelius publishes a new guide, it's a fair bet that it will prove to be the ultimate of its kind.  In this volume the German writer/photographer has'lovingly compiled a register of practically every shrimp, crab, lobster and amphipod a diver could hope to encounter.  Any divers who once thought they knew a thing or two about these critters, will come to realise the depth of their ignorance when confronted with these 321 densely-packed pages of creepycrawlies.
With each species, we get a Latin name (and a common name, where possible); length and distribution; and general information and descriptions of the animal's behaviour.  This isn't the sort of book you can knock together after a misspent adolescence in the Red Sea - the sheer amount of data, matched with excellent colour images from Debelius and a cast list of world-class photographers, means that it is a one-off.  Quite simply, no one else could have done it.  Crustaceans were his first love, and this is a book born of love (the kind of love which borders on obsessive madness).
Debelius might have the instinct of a biologist, but he is also a populist, and makes a point of breaking up the text with features, indepth essays, and oddities such as Lionel Pozzoli's photograph of a pair of cleaner shrimps beavering away at Mrs Pozzoli's teeth.
Elsewhere, we get illustrated places on moulting lobsters, the hulking Alaskan king crab, the mangrove habitat, the red crabs of Christmas Island, and freshwater crustaceans.  Prize of place goes to the colourful tropical lobster Enoplometopus debelius, one of the author's own discoveries.  But my favourite section is a photo-feature contributed by Bob Halstead, in which for absolutely no reason we are treated to the sight of a mantis shrimp, roughing up a toy dinosaur placed close to its lair by the mischievous snapper.
With this book, Debelius brings the bizarre world of crustacea vividly to life, for everyone.  A fine achievement, and worthy of a place in any serious diver's library.
Review  by Simon Rogerson. Sport Diving magazine, Aug/Sept 2000

I had the pleasure of meeting Debelius last year and soon appreciated why he is such a remarkable man. His knowledge of the marine world, coupled with a keen eye and brilliant underwater photography skills, complement his attitude toward perfection in all that he does. His IKAN series of books, now numbering eight in the English language alone, have established him not only as a brilliant author but a likewise publisher. Crustacea Guide of the World is the latest in the series (although not for long, with Coral Sea Reef Guide due out mid 2000). This book covers the general shrimps, crabs, lobsters, mantis and harlequin shrimps, and amphipods, within the regions of the Atlantic, Pacific, Red Sea, Mediterranean, Pacific and Indian Ocean. Rarely do we dive without experiencing the pleasure of seeing a cleaner shrimp assisting a fish or moray to performing their ablutions, or a sponge crab trying desperately to disguise itself. And if we fail to catch a cray scurrying across the seabed, at least we can learn more of their biology and habitat.  Like all IKAN titles, Crustacea is a superb identification guide and reference, covering aspects of behaviour and habitat. Hardcover, full colour, 318 pages.
Review by Peter Stone. Scuba Diver magazine.

CORAL SEA REEF GUIDE by Bob Halstead. Publisher: Sea Challengers.
Dugong Dudley is just one of the many marine creatures listed in this magnificent reef guide; he gets a special mention as one of the interesting  ‘picture stories' scattered throughout the book. Exceptionally well laid out, the Coral Sea Reef Guide is one of the superb IKAN series of books produced by photographer/writer/publisher Helmut Debelius. The full colour identification guide contains exquisite underwater photos of over 1000 marine species, from Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia - those nations that border the Coral Sea. And who better to write and photograph such an ambitious project than Bob Halstead, well known for his dive expeditions around PNG, and his many books and articles. Coral Sea Reef Guide covers the fishes, corals, crustacea, snails, mollusca, gorgonia, soft corals (not the hard corals), and anemones, cephalopods, plants and sponges, reptiles and mammals - its all here in one hardcover volume, the definitive guide to the marine life at the most popular dive destinations visited by Australian divers. The book is divided into phylum down through class and family to the individual species. The descriptive text is concise; the  colour photographs are excellent, clear and relevant, with generally three to a page and some full page plates. Photo locations are indicated, and the distribution of all animals. Along with the descriptive information to identify each species, the book includes interesting behavioural and habitat information, and twenty-four excellent ‘picture stories' such as ‘coral spawning', ‘crocodile with gills', ‘how to catch a sea urchin', and the whimsical ‘what really happened to the dinosaurs'.
Review by Peter Stone. Scuba Diver magazine.

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