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Christian Petron & Jean-Bernard Lozet. 
Originally published in France in 1974 by Editions Denoel, Paris. 
Hardcover, dust wrapper, 218p,large format A4 size. 
Great photos with informative general text. This is not a book of superlatives as would be expected from the publisher. The forward is by Jacques Dumas. Covers the Mediterranean and Tropical Seas. Not an identification guide - more a general overview of marine life.  Excellent reading - and an excellent gift. 
I have limited copies of this excellent book, many years old now but still relevant of course, and of great interest. The books are new and have been i storage for many years. 
(In the World Wil;d;ife Series, Number 10).
From the original text by Dr Felix Rodriquez de la Fuente. English version by John Gilbert.
Orbis Publishing Limited, London, 1970.
Large format 'coffee table' size, hardcover, dustjacket, 300 pages, full colour throughout, maps and drawings, no index.
One of the best books I have come across to describe in some detail, yet in layman's terms, the life in the ocean, with excellemt photographs, location maps and drawingsIt really is a great read and informative. Chapters include The Oceans - Cradle of Life; The Seashore; Sea turtles and Sea snakes; Birds of the Coastal Fringe; Mammals of the Seashore; Coral Reefs; Antarctica; Life on the Continetal Shelf; Fishes of the Shallow Seas; Dolphins; The Abyss Beneath; Killers of the Deep; Wanderers of the Ocean' the Mighty Whales. 
I just wish I had time to read books such as this from cover to cover. I have just the one copy left, new but with a very slight repaired tear on the dustjacket. Ideal for anyone intersted in any way with marine life. $38.00
David and Jennifer George.
Lionel Leventhal Ltd, London; G.Harap & Co. Ltd. 1979.
(Also John Wiley & Sons, USA; Rigby Limited, Australia; and in Canada, France, Netherland, Spain.  ISBN 0 85368 333 6. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, A4 size. 287 pages, colour, index.
This used to be the 'bible' in the 1980s, and is still a very valuable book. It is an excellent book for identification, with some ten to twelve colour photos on each colour plate page, with a cross-reference numbering system to the text. It is broken up into Phylum, with sub-groups lists and describes the characteristics of the animal. A world wide guide, relevent to tropical and temperate species which remains an excellent book to this day. 
Second-hand copy, very good condition. $45.00. 
Les Line (editor of Audubon Magazine), and George Reiger
Harry N. Abrams Inc, Publishers, New York. 1980. 
A huge 'coffee table' book of 310mm depoth x 240mm. Hardcover, dustjacket, 236 pages heavy stock, full colour, notes on photographers (includes David Doubilet, Howard Hall, Chris Newbert, Ron and Val Taylor),index. 
I see this more as a gift book for anyone interested in marine life at a non-scientific level - or for someone to be encouraged to take an inerest in life in the oceans. The photographs are excellent, many double and full page, and well captioned. Chapters include The Underwater Jungle; Stalkers and the Drifting World; Coral Citues; The Open Sea; Creatures of the Abyss; Survival in an Icy World. 
I have just the one copy. It is new with just slight hardly noticeable scuffs on the dust jacket. $35.00
Ralph Nading Hill 
First published 1956, Victor Gollancz Ltd, London. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 240 pages, mono photographs. 
Based on observations of dolphin and sharks in an oceanarium, with an aim, inter alia, of fidning a rellant to ward off shark attack. Covers also the catching and transporting of large marine animals (sharks and dolphin), anaesthesia, and 'hints for mrine housekeeping'. 
From the fly: One  of   the   most  terrifyingof all the hazards that can overtake the ship-wrecked; or the victims of an air disaster, is to be attacked by sharks. On one occasion, when a plane carrying three people sank off the  South American coast, the sharks, after a leisurely investigation, seized one of its occupants. After an hour they devoured the second. The third succeeded in swimming to the shore. It was this incident that prompted one of the strangest scientific projects of the war— the quest for a shark repellent. The project was carried out by an organisation called the Marine Studios, and il is unlikely that any body could have been found which was better fitted for the work. l;or the Marine Studios have a vast practical experience of sharks, arising out of their responsibility for one of the most ingenious and scientifically valuable enterprises of its kind in the world—-the first "oceanarium" ever to be built, h is the story of this stupendous and fascinating enterprise which Mr. Mill tells, in a book of profound interest to layman and scientist alike.
Edition offered is first edition 1956 in excellent condition, gift salutation on endpaper, comes with rather tattered original dust jacket but now protected by a computer generated facsimile dustjacket in protective library-quality film. $24.00
Rudie Kuiter & Klaus Lindemann.
Here it is at last - the remarkable companion to the acclaimed World Atlas of Marine Fishes. Seven hundred and thirty pages with thousands of beautifully presented photographs, it provides the greatest possible coverage of selected groups of the enormous variety of marine invertebrates in a single book. It is primarily aimed to assist people who have a keen interest in the small animals they encounter in the sea other than fishes, to find their scientific names or where to classify them. Presented here are the species one is likely to see when diving or snorkeling in the sea, as well as those that are traded in the aquarium industry, with photographs large enough to see detail for their identification. Most species occur on shallow reefs in tropical seas, with the greatest species diversity in the Southeast Asian regions. This World Atlas includes many of the familiar decapod crustacea … lobsters, crabs, shrimps; some worms and the highly diverse mollusca … seaslugs and some other snails such as cowry shells shown with their animal, as well as octopus and squid; and various other groups of mobile invertebrates such as worms, flatworms, seastars, urchins and many other echinoderms. With the rare exception, the animals were all photographed in the wild. The popular groups, symbiotically living crustaceans and cephalopods are covered extensively, whilst the seaslugs are covered as the second part, as the very large group of the colourful nudibranchs were comprehensively treated in our book Nudibranchs of the World, and thus expanded here with the other opisthobranch families such as headshield slugs and seahares. To care for our seas we need to know and have to show others what lives in this wet world. Todays live-forms are those which have successfully evolved and were shaped and created along their evolutionary path of hundreds of millions of years, and will keep on changing as required by circumstances. Our learning about the marine creatures is a never ending story, especially about their behaviour. The World Atlas of Marine Fauna is an invaluable reference book for a great variety of marine invertebrates that we can admire in the world's seas. As such, it addresses the environmental enthusiasts, photographers, sportsdivers, snorkelers, surveyors, teachers, and biogeographers – scientists as well as amateurs or hobbyists. A wonderful addition to the library of anyone intersted in the creatures of our oceans. 
Hardcover, labinated board covers, 730 pages, thousands of photographs.   $148.00



The Plants and Animals of Temperate Waters.
"A new and greatly expanded edition of this successful and respected book with over 1500 photographs, including 1000 new images, and current information about 1450 species. Australian Marine Life continues to be the definitive book on the unique and spectacular animals and plants of Australian waters". That should read ... of temperate Australian waters, and of course it is indeed the definitive work. 
624 pages, soft cover. Note: this soft cover printing is the same as the previous second edition hard cover.  $59.95
From previous editions: At last, a true encyclopedia of Australian temperate marine animals and plants - superbly presented in a clear layout with over 1300 colour photographs. Divers and marine enthusiasts now have a single volume that covers evrrything from tiny lichens to dolphins and whales. As there has been a dearth of material on temperate marine invertebrates, this book will remain in use at least for the rest of my natural lifetime. The 544 pages are dived into the five relevant kingdoms, including the tiny protists (no, they are not the rowdy people who gather at parliament house), and the kingdoms representing the plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria. The majority of the book is concerned with the animal kingdom which of course includes the invertebrates, fishes and mammals. (The taxonomic chart is the best I have seen, spread over a double page, showing the kingdom down to the class.) A short introduction to each phylum and class precedes the more descriptive families and species. The text is concise yet informative with habitat, distribution and size detailed for each species. A glossary and an extensive selected bibliography, and index complete the book. Harcover, dustjacket, full colour and mono diagrams. The author is a respected marine scientist who has worked in Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia on a number of important projects. This book is a must. See update details (revisions and corrections) between the first edition hardcover and the second edition (revised) softcover.
Neville Coleman. 
Rigby Limited, Sydney etc. 1977.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 190 x 130mm, common and scientific name index. One of Neville's  most popular books in that it provided a concise reference text the subject, certainly one of the first of the popular marine natural sciences books for the diver/layman. Now well out of print of course but still a useful and handy reference.
Second-hand, perfect condition. $18.00  *** SOLD***
Neville Coleman.
Rigby Publishers, Sydney etc. 1981.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 167 pages, colour plates. 
The fly blurb indicates that bthis is the first visual identification guide to be produced in colour on marine animals inhabiting the waters of south-eastern Australia - ie, the temperate waters of South-Australia through to northern N.S.W. and Tasmania. It contains families of some 200 species, 'the majority of which have never before been published in colour'. Still a valuable identification and handbook text by one opf Australia's great marine biologists and diver. 
One copy, second-hand, $24.00. Excellent condition. ** SOLD **
Neville Coleman. 
Doubleday, Sydney.1987. ISBN 0 86824 269 1. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 288 pages, full colour throught, usually one photo of species per pages, index. 
And yet another excllent title by Neville Coleman that quickly goes out of print and is not reprintd by the publishers despite the
 demand. I think it is one of his finest books, and yet it is very difficult to obtain - well, thats understandable I suppose. It is a pity tht the publishers cannot think beyong the immediate quick sale, and keep a book like this in print for many decades. 
One good second-hand copy available. $35.00
Their Natural History and Conservation 
Robert Bustard. 
William Collins Sons & Co. London, Sydney etc. 
First published in 1972. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 220 pages, mono photographs, maps, index, references. Author was one of the world's experts on sea turtles, particularly those off the Queensland coast. He covers the seven species of sea turtles in a book of four parts: the Turtle, The Lives of Turtles, Turthle Research, and Turtles and Man. Certainly a definitive work on the subject. 
At present, just the one copy, in very good condition, dustjacket. $24.00
Walter Deas and Clarrie Lawler
A.H. & A.W. Reed. Sydney & Melbourne, 1970. 
[Yellow diver cover] Hardcover, dustjacket, square format 180mm, 110 pages, about fifty full page colour photographs, bibliography and index. 
[Red top cover] Laminated boards, no dustjacket, all other details the same. There is no indication insdide the book as to which book was published first. I assume the 'yellow cover', as I have a signed birthday gift dated 1971. I could be wrong. 
A delightful book, very interesting and a useful reference in its day - one of the first 'diving books' in Australia. Chapters include 'The Scuba Diver', and the development of scuba; Animals of the sea floor; Dangerous marine animals' Diving for scieence; Underwater photography; The sea at Night; Spearfishintg and shell collecting; Wrecks and Treasure trove; and Into the Abyss - the next steps. The author even back in 1970 were well known respected Australian divers, with Walt  specialising in underwater photography and cinematography, and Clarrie on the marine sceinces as a member of the Royal Zoological Society since 1959. (And both very nice genetlemen).  I have one second-hand copy available. Good condition. $10.00
Marg O'Toole & Malcolm Turner. 
A very well presented book covering  the marine life off Wilsons Promontory (south-east Victoria), one of the most beautiful and prolific temperate water dive sites in the world. Also covers dive sites and shipwrecks. 
Definitely recommended reading. 
Softcover,110 pages, full colour. 
Diana Jones and Gary Morgan. 
This is a complete cover of Australia's known crustaceans. Not only is it an excellent identification guide but it also provides a wealth of knowledge of the life and habitats of crab, prawns, crayfish and other crustacans. And no, there are no cooking instructions. Here you will find some very strange and smart life cycles and adaptations, and some very curious behaviours. It also features recently discovered subterranean crustaceans, some of which have never - literally - seen the light of day. The photographs are excellent - clear and in full colour, and the line drawings clearly identfy the vrious features of species and sexes. I never really knew what scampi were!! 
Softcover, 224 pages, full colour, index, scientific and common names, extensive references and glossary. An excellent book.  $39.95
(including Great Barrier Reef, Coral sea, Fiji and Adjacent waters).
A plastic card 15 x 23 cm, with some seventy fish drawings in full colour, for use underwater, designed for fish identification whilst diving. The drawings are based on the book Fishes of the Great Barrier Reef by John Randal et al
No longer available.
Neville Coleman.
One of the excellent World of Water Wildlige Guides.
This is a very handy and informative marine life guidebook covering predominantly the fishes and invertebrate lif, but also reptiles, mammals and crustacea. There are over 500 full colour photographswith brief text to each. Brief tourist information is also mentioned, including a section on reef walking, snorkelling and scuba diving. Includes also th marine life of the Keppel Islands, and the Whitsundays. Softcover, 80 pages, full colour, scientific name index.
Sea Shore to Sea Floor. A World Heritage Wildlife Guide. 
Neville Coleman. 
Ninety-six pages, 750 full colour photographs, covering the major marine life from algae to marine mammals. An an excellent identification and information softcover guide to one of the most beutiful islands in the Pacific.
Neville Coleman. 
A beautifully produced book that fills a gap in the publications of marine life. 
Softcover, full colour, 64 pages.
Irvin Rockman. 
Introduction by Hans Hass. Text by Ken Pulley. 
This book could equally be categorised in the photographic section, but because it is instructional in marine animals, it deserves a place here. First published 1974 by Lansdowne Press, Melbourne. Hardcover, dust jacket, 112 pages, full page colour plates throughout. Whether this book becomes an Australian classic simply because the author was once the Lord Mayor of Melbourne only history will tell, but it is the first of its kind to publih full size colour underwater photographs in Australian waters by an Australian photographer. Compared to today's imaginative underwater photography, Rockman's work is rather bland, but they do adequately illustrate the undersea world. That this book is not a joint authorship means that the emphasis is on the photography, but overall, with Ken Pulley's writing,  it is an interesting book covering the marine animals in Australian waters. 
Good second-hand copies available. $35.00

book AUSTRALIAN SEASHORES . W.J. Dakin ( with Isobel Bennett) 
This is an extremely popular book, and deserves a special explanation. The full title of the most recent edition is actually "W.J.Dakin's classic study Australian Seashores, Fully Revised and Illustrated by Isobel Bennett". This expanded hardcover, large-format edition with superb colour photographs throughout was published in 1987. It proved to be extremely popular with the general public and eventually went out of print. Isobel Bennett is a leading Australian naturalist who worked with Professor Dakin.
The original Dakin's Australian Seashores was published in 1952, with revised editions in 1960 and reprinted in 1963. These original Dakin books were hardcover, 372 pages with mono prints. The text in all editions is the same, with the same chapters. The 1987 edition has a bibliography. 
Australian Seashores, irrespective of edition, is the definitive guide on the intertidal zone, and a recommended source of information to divers. (Australia's foremost marine educationalist Reg Lipson strongly recommends the book). The twenty chapters cover basic oceanography through to species biology. The problem is that all editions are out of print, and second-hand copies are in demand. It is important to note tht the text in all editions remains the same. 
Highly Recommended
Secondhand. Prices are generally - $80 for a second-hand copy of the 1987 edition (hardcover, dustwrapper, large format, 410 pages, full colour), and around $45 for the earlier editions, either with an original dust jacket or a computer generated dust jacket. 
Keith Davey.
New printing. A very neat book, very handy size at 10 cm x 19 cm, with clear plastic protective cover over soft boards; full colour, 144 pages. Excellent for on-site identification - can slip into your pocket. After a brief discourse on wave energy, rocky shore habitats, and biology, the book enters the identification sectio withgenerally two or three photos per page, a diversity map, and brief text in small lettering. Species covered include algae, sponges, anemones, worms, barnacles, crabs, abalone, sea hares, bivales, sea stars, urchins, cunjevoi, and others.
This well known marine scientist, student and collaborator of the famoud W.J.Dakin, is an exceptional naturalist and author. She collaborated with Dakin on his famous Australian Seashores. Hr own book was first published in 1966 and has gone through many editions. Chapters include Sponges, Coelenterates, Marine Worms, Crustaceans, Molluscs, Echinoderms, and The Living Reef. Covers both temperate and tropical seas. Hardcover, dustjacket, 260 pages, many mono plates, some colour. The book is now well out of print but we occasionally have a copy in stock. 
Secondhandcopy available, justjacket, excellent condition. $32.00.

"As it is - How it came to be - How it could become.  Diversity, its origins and implications". 
Werner Gruter. 
If you are interested, even superficially, in marine life then you must read this book. It is not a species identification guide, nor a scientific treatise on marine life, yet it covers so much fascinating material on the evolution and development of life in the sea. Much of the material is derived from our on seas, both temperate and tropical. It has such quality that you will not wish to put it down. It asks and answers so many questions. 
"The sea was the cradle of primordial life, from which the roots of our own existence sprouted. Billions of years of evolutionary development brought forth an enchanting variety of forms, colors, lifestyles, and patterns of behaviour". Over 286 pages in thirteen chapters, with 330 photographs, the author has compiled a fascinating biology of marine life, a most readable text covering all aspects of marine life - reproduction and growth, territory and defense, predators and victims ... there is so much to cover. Hardcover, laminated boards, medium format, full colour.$96.00. Sorry, no more copies left.
Text by Joseph S. Levine, photographs by Jeffrey L. Rotman.
A Marine Biologist Expolores the Fragile Universe of the Oceans.
Stewart, Tabori and Chang Inc, New York. 1985.
Hardcover, dustjacket, medium-large square format, 222 pages, full colour throughout.
Initially I thought this book would be listed under 'photography', but considering the exceptional text - and that it exposes a marine biologists journey through the oceans world of marine life - it is best categorised as an educational and entertaining book on marine life. It is the sort of book that you take quietly to the lounge room or study, eliminate the external noises of family and society, make yourself warm with a good hot coffee (forget about your health) - and just sit and read. I say it is entertaining because, for a layman such as myself, it retains your interest - you enjoy reading it, and as a wonderful bonus, it is educational. I love books like this - well written by an author who knows his subject, and in a language that as a diver with an interest in the marine world, I can understand. And the pretty pictures are excellent and stimulate further interest. Chapters include: To Live in the Sea; Capriccio on a Coral Reef; Water Colors; Poison, Tooth and Claw; To Exhaust the Sea. This would be a great gift for yourself, or someone with moire than just a passing interest in the marine world.
I have just the one copy (I kept one for myself), with a very slight shelf scratch on the dust jacket. $48.00

Ronald Shimek.
This is a superb guide, ‘the essential concise reference',  and although marketed as a ‘pocket-expect guide', it is 448 pages, in full colour throughout, and covers some five hundred ‘essential to know aquarium species'. Don't let the word ‘aquarium' put you off - in fact,the detail for aquarium keepers is just as important for divers experiencing the invertebrates in their natural habitat as the text delves more deply than most other publications into their natural life, their feeding habits, reproduction, predators and the like. I have found it to b one of the most interesting books availabl on invertebrates. 
Softcover, 115 x 185 mm, full colour throughout, 448 pages, index, bibliography, glossary.$66.00
Leslie Newman & Lester Cannon. 
Polyclads - or flatworms if you like -are found throughout the world, with the most colourful being in tropical waters. They are not sea slugs as often thought, and have their own Phylum, the Platyhelminthes. These intriguing creatures are both fortunate yet confused as they have both male and female systemns (true hermaphrodites), yet choose to fight it out as to who is to play th male role in any copulation. And it appears that they fight it out with their penises. Go down to St.Kilda late on a Saturday night and you may see the same thing. But these worms have a right battle on their hands as they strive to impregnate the other without being impregnated themselves. Now if only we were all like that - it would put mud-wrestling to shame. Also covers, briefly, the beautiful Christmas Tree, Spirobranchus, and the Feather-duster worms. Quite a superb book. Softcover, large square format, full colour throughout, 98 pages, index of species, references, glossary. $39.95
Sorry, no more copies available..
Oceans Realm Guide to
Text and Photographs by Paul Humann.
Oceans Realm Publishing Corporation, Miami, USA. 1982.
Hardcover, dust jacket, A4 size, 78 pages, full clour, glossary, index.
An excellent book published by the people who put out what must rate as one of the best diving and marine magazines in the world, Ocean Realm. It could be used as a species identification book but moreso for its extended descriptions opf photographed species. I would suggest that most of these are in the northern hemisphere, and no doubt many from the Cayman Islands where the author resided at the time of publication. 
I have just the one copy, new, hardcover, dustjacket, $24.00. I also have a softcover edition, $15.00
A Comprehensive Guide to Syngnatbiformes. 
Rudie H. Kuiter. 
Once again Rudie Kuiter has put together a superb refence book; and the publisher has completed the job with fine layout and quality paper. Some of these animals are weird, some equisitly beautiful, others have unusual mating and gestation behaviour - and why shouldn't the male carry the eggs? An excellent reference for the marine biologist, scientist, naturalist and serious amateur diver.
Hardcover (laminated boards), 240 pages, more than 1000 exceptional photographs and lone drawings covering 350 species, the total of known species in the world. 
Harold Heatwole. 
They are both feared and admired, but usually the former, and with a venom a hundred times more potent than a terrestial King Cobra, it is no wonder. Yet they are relativaley harmless and under normal circumstances, divers need not fear an attack. Their curiosity however makes it appear sometimes as if they are aggressive. The author is a world expert on sea snakes. I had the pleasure of meeting him when I was on the organising team of the annual Oceans Congresses back in the 1970s in Melbourne, a charming man of much knowledge. Because of his time at the University of Queensland and University of New England (Armadale, NSW), most of the book is based on Australian sea snakes, making it all the more relevant. Chapters include Distribution and Biodiversity, Natural History, Feeding, Enemiwes, Ecology, Diving Adaptations, Venom, and interaction with us humans. I know of no more detailed book on the subject than this. First published in 1978, then revisied in 1999, a few new copies have turned up. Softcover, 148 pages, mono photographs and colour plates, index, extensive bibliography. Repeat - limited copies only. $42.00
MARINE LIFE BY COUNTRY (region, other than Australia).
Ann Fielding and Ed Robinson.
University of Hawai'i Press, USA  1987.
Also published same time by Times Editions, Les Editions du Pacifique, Singapore 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 156 pages, full colour, index, suggested reading..
Predominantly photographs thus an excellent marine life guide. Chapters: Formation of the Hawaiian Islands; Dispersal of Marine Life; Underwater Habitats; Hawaiian Marine Life; Fishes, Species. 
One new copy, $34.00
Helmut Debelius
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. An IKAN series  book.$76.00
Neville Coleman. 
Purely and identification guide, and a very good one at that, at an affordable price. Althoug the marine spcies listed are predominaantly from the Loloata Island, Bootless Bay and Horseshoe Reef region near Port Moresby, they represent many of the specis found off the Papua new Guinea coast. Each pag has eight full colour photographs, all exceptionally clear and exactly depicting th marine crature in its habitat. Mangroves, Sea Grasses, Alga, Forams, Sponges and Cnidarians are all features, witn Cruistacean, Echinoderms, Ascindians, Fish, Reptiles), and Mammals. 
Softcover, full colour, 72 pages. 
Achim Nimmerfroh
Fiji's stunning island scenery, excellent facilities are charming people make it one of the most popular holiday destinations for divers and tourists alike. With some of the finest reefs in the world: from the magic Yasawa Islands in the west to stunning Rainbow Reef off Taveuni in the east - and a hundred magnifient dive sites in between - there is an abundance of marine life and fascinating underwater terrain. Nimmerfroh's excellent photography has captured the marine life on Fiji's coral reefs. The book is in part an identification guide, a photo essay, and an expression of the diversity of Fiji's marine life which can be a memorable record of experiences. The chapters are organised in the general groups of animals, with full page down to three-five images per page, and brief but relevant text using latin and common names. The production on quality gloss paper complements the colour images. Softcover, 316 pages, full colour throughout, index. $58.00
Daniel W. Gotshall.
Sea Challengers Publications, Monteray, USA. 1994.
Softcover, stiff boards, quarto size, 106 pages, full colour, suggested further references, index.
An excellent photographic guide to this lengthy  north-east Pacific region, with three photograohs per page. 
I have just the one, new, copy. $30.00
Neville Coleman.
These superb marine guides are from Neville Coleman's World of Water Wildlife Series.  $29.95
These superb marine guides are from Neville Coleman's World of Water Wildlife Series. Each is of eighty pages, full colour throughout with over 560 photographs, scientific index, brief history and tourism information. They cover the major species within all the major marine groups, from alga to zoanthids, with an excellent section on fish and crustaceans. As is typical of this underwater naturalist/diver/author, here we have an excellent concise guide to the marine life the Indian Ocean islands. Species covered would also be relevant to the  west coast of Australia. 
Note: The section on Indian Ocean marine life is the same in each book - only the relevant tourist information, history, land flora and fauna and ecological data is different for each island group. Thus, if travelling to more than one of these groups, it is not necessary to purchase more than one book in order to cover the spectrum of marine life.
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.
An IKAN series  book.
Daniel W. Gotshall. 
'A Guide to the Common Fish and Invertebrates'. A useful guide for species along the American north-west coast off Mexico, and Central America, as well as the Galapagos. 
Softcover, 112p, 180x230mm, full colour.
The Divers Guide to Fishes, Whales, Dolphins and Marine Invertebrates.
Pierre Constant.
Published by Odyssey Books and Guides, 2002, 2007
New copy, second edition on offer.
Softcover, 21x15x1.5. 306 pages, common name index, scietific name index, recommended reading list, 27 maps, 288 colour photographs..
From the backcover blurb: Ever since it was discovered by the Spaniards in the 16th century, the volcanic hotspot of the Galapagos archipelago has set itself apart. Although the islands are located on the equator in the far eastern side of the Pacific ocean, they do not have a typical tropical climate. The region bathes in three major ocean currents of both warm and cold waters that originate from the Panama region, the Antarctic and the Central Pacific. The Galapagos Marine Reserve—a World Heritage Site since 2001—is rich in biodiversity and home to 2,900 species of marine organism with 800 species of mollusks, including  49   species  of opistobranchs, 465 speciesof fish  with  17  percent endemism, 44 species of corals, and 12 species of gorgonians. Many species of marine life, unique in the world, mix with sea lions, sharks, mantas and whales. For divers and photographers alike, this destination is a 'must do' experience without rival. Rich   with   stunning   color   photography,   this  definitive, thoroughly revised guide evokes the visual paradise of the Galapagos underwater world.$30.00   [marinelife-galapagos-constant-SHD001.jpg]
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 ‘picture 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. 
Angelo Mojetta. 
I now  appreciate how rich in wrecks and marine life is the Mediterranean Sea -  submarine, aircraft, ships and a diverse variety of sub-tropical and  temperate species. The colour drawings, particularly of underwater wrecks  and reefs, is exceptional, giving a marvellous view of the underwater scene.  The colour photography is excellent and the text informative. The Mediterranean underwater life guide is exceptional for its coverage. Softcover, medium format 210 x 290mm, full colour, 168  pages.
Sorry, no more copies available.
Gotshall and Laurent
Covers over 250 species of inshore and sub-tidal species along the Pacific coast of north-west America. Identification includes habitat and depth. A very good identification guide; many of the species are identical or similar to those of the western Pacific.
Softcover, 108 pages, full colour. We have limited stock.
Neville Coleman.
These superb marine guides are from Neville Coleman's World of Water Wildlife Series.  $27.50
These superb marine guides are from Neville Coleman's World of Water Wildlife Series. Each is of eighty pages, full colour throughout with over 500 photographs, scientific index, brief history and tourism information. They cover the major species within all the major marine groups, from alga to zoanthids, with an excellent section on fish and crustaceans. 
Note: The section on Pacific Ocean marine life is the same in each book - only the incidental tourist information, history, land flora and fauna and ecological data is different for each island group. Thus, if travelling to more than one of these groups, it is not necessary to purchase more than one book in order to cover the spectrum of marine life. 
Gerry Allen. 
Both books - hardcover, laminated boards, 64 pages, index, full colour throughout. 
The tremendous abundance of fishes seend uring a single scuba dive or snorkelling session may seem staggering - but there is no need to despair. This handy field guide is an excellent introduction to 68 of the most commonly encountered reef fishes in Indonesia. Written by Dr. Gerald Allen, international authority on reef fishes, it features stunning colour shots by some of the world's best under;water photographers. Scientific species and family names are listed. 
A very hand identification set. 
Two books - $36.00. (Will not split).  ONE SET ONLY AVAILABLE
Andrea Ghisotti.
An excellent book on the marine life of The Red Sea, with 335 full colour photographs, diving into two sections - The Fishes, and Invertebrates and other Sea Animals. The introductory section includes a background on the Red Sea, Dangerous Marine Cratures, Coral Reefs, Snorkelling and Diving, and Underwater Photography. 
Stiff board covers, full colour, 128 pages scientific and common name index. $38.00
Ming and Alino. 
An excellent guide to the marine life in the waters off eastern Malaysia. 
Hardcover, dustwrapper, 144 pages, full colour.
Bagnis & Christian. 
Covers major marine life (not destinations). Excellent reference and identification guide to fishes, reptiles, invertebrates. 
Softcover, 152 pages, all colour. 
Limited stock.  $22.00


Whereas all marine books listed are educational, this section lists books specifically aimed at the novice marine naturalist and diver who wishes to gain an overall understanding of the marine environment - what Neville Coleman talks as "sorting out the stuff". The books listed here must be free of technical language yet sufficiently 'scientific' to provide the necessary background to a better understanding of marine life. 

Neville Coleman.
This excellent book is more than a simple 'Asia/Indo-Pacific Marine Life Identification Guide'. It is more of an education course in the marine sciences, providing  divers, snorkellers and anyone interested in marine life with the grounding necessary to understand the concepts of taxonomy - the 'classification' of plants and animals. It covers all the major familes from algae and sponges and corals and cnidarians to crustacea, the fishes and mammals. 
Excellent value, for its content and presentation: hardcover (laminated board covers, oblong format, 96 pages, full colour throughout, glossary, index. A great 'starter kit' for anyone interested in marine life. 

Nothing specific at the moment.

A Catalog of the Literature. 1554-1965
Henry D. Russell.
Published by the Delaware Museum of Natural History, USA, 1971.
Softcover, slightly larger than A4, 140 pages.
This one is for the academic or marine science student. I estimate about 800 references are listed. 
I have just the one copy. $40.00
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

A typical page.
NUDIBRANCH ENCYCLOPEDIA - Catalog of Asia/Indo-Pacific Sea Slugs.
Neville Coleman.  $88
Any diver or marine life naturalist and enthusiast who does not know of Neville Coleman had obviously never read a book on the subject of Australis's rich and diverse marine life, so this book will not interest them. But those who have an insatiable appetite to learn about life under the sea will know that Neville's work over the past four decades has been prolific - and he continues to produce more extensive publications as well as the smaller ‘introductory' texts on marine life that he is so popular for. The Nudibranchs Encyclopedia is one of his largest, and best, works, with over three thousand images of the delightfully exquisite Nudibranch family, and perhaps the less atrractive, yet equally exotic and unusual Opisthobranchs family. There are, generally, eight photographs of 70 x 40mm each per page, with limited but important text of four lines each covering the common and scientific name, general adult size, location found with brief description of habitat, general comment, and photographer. Many of the photographs have been taken by Neville, but not all of course, with many other contributors from within Australia and overseas, hence the encyclopedia is extremely comprehensive, and thus a superb identification guide. I am constantly intrigued by natur'es incredible diversity to provide so many different, by way of shape, size and colour, or a simple slug with exposed ‘lungs'. Why so many species? Why so many colours? I'm not sure that Nevile answers these questions, but there is an extensive forty page section at the beginning of the book which describes the biology and natural history of the animals, answering questions on habitat sight, smell, ‘hering', taste, touch and other senses; respiration, locomotion and general mobility, ‘tailing', burropwing, ‘mantle flapping', food and feeding, reroduction, defence and mimicry. This is a wonderful contribution to the vaste library of Australian marine life, and well worth the place on any marine enthusiast's shelf. Hardcover, laminated boards (ie no dust jacket), 416 pages, full colour throughoput, sciwntific-name index, glossary of terms, reference bibliography. Sorry, no more coppies available.
From the Red Sea to South Africa and across to the West Coast of the Americas. 
Helmut Debelius. 
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. For a more complete description, see the section on Nudibranchs, below. 
An IKAN series  book.
Highly recommended.
David Behrens.
Nudibranchs are among the most beautiful creatures on the reef, with colors and shapes that dazzle and delight. Unlike fish that may disappear before our eyes in a flash, the showy nudibranch glides slowly along the substrate, allowing us the time to savor this extraordinary sight. With their shell-less unprotected, bodies how do they survive in seas filled with hungry mouths? How do these sightless creatures navigate the reefs to find food and mates? What and how do they eat? How do they reproduce? What special relationships have they developed with other reef inhabitants? These and many more questions are answered in this informative and lavishly illustrated book. You will never look at nudibranchs the same way again.Softcover (flexibinding, plastic coated). 176 pages, full colour throughout. 
$48.50 Highly recommended.
Neville Coleman.
As a basic introduction to order Nudibranchia, Coleman's colourful book fills the bill admirably. The introduction covers the natural history of the ‘nudibranch' in sufficient detail to aappreciate the 200 or so colour photographs of the species that follow. The photographs are clear, the text limited but sufficient for identification, giving scientific name, food, depth, location, and an occurance ‘rating'. Softcover, 64 pages, full colour.There is a dearth of information on nudibranchs, particularly on Southern water species, so Coleman's small but useful title is most appreciated. 
Softcover, 64 pages, includes natural history then some 150 species with full colour photograph.
Fred Wells & Clayton Bryce.
Pity about the name - this is a book on sea slugs, seahares, pteropods, the beautiful bubble shells, nudibranchs and other beautiful marine creatures of the Class Gastropoda, many of which occur in the eastern states. Nudibranchs contribute to fifty percent of the book and as there is a little general literature on the Order, particularly Australian species, this title is most welcome. Softcover, 184p, full colour. $36.00 
Carl Edmonds. 
A field guide, with details on medical treatment. This is ostensibly a reprint of the popular Australian edition which is not out of print. Edmonds needs no introduction to Australian divers, and once again has the authoritive work on the subject. The book is well illustrated, with numerous case studies covering animals that cause trauma (shark bite), venomous (stinging) marine animals, poisonous animals, and infections. Symptoms, first-aid, medical treatment, and prevention are dominant. It is definitely recommended reading for sport divers. 
Softcover, 276p, full colour. 
Sorry, no longer available.
Neville Coleman 
Aquatic Survival Guide, with a comprehensive First Aid Management Section. 
Few books can be regarded as a musst for all divers - but this is one of them. Not only does it escribe the sea animals that may give us some concern, but it shows how to prevent injury, nd if that is not successful, to treat an injury. Some of the animlas may surprise you as being dangerous - all the more reason to know the environment in which you are diving. Covers the biting animals, the poisoners, the venomous stingers, and other must-know information such as dermatitis and malaria. Exceptionally well laid out with picto-graphs for ease of knowledge.
Softcover, full colour , 96pages. 
A Personal Survival Guide. 
Nevile Coleman. 
As the author states on the cover, 'Prevention is better than cure!'. The book is divided into three sections, with chapters within each: Dangerous Sea Creatures, Venomous Sea Creatures, Poisonous Sea Creatures. Each 'creature' described includes a mention of Precautions, but no cure is mentioned if the precautions are not heeded. Coleman's useful book will not prvent you from being bitten in half by a great white if you happen to be in the wong spot at the wrong time, but it will prevent you from being stung, jabbed or bittenm due to ignorance of underwater mrine life. This is a must for all divers. 
Softcover, 64 pages, full colour.
On Shores East to West and North to South.
Barry Wilson.
There have been many magnificent books produced on seashells over the years. Many are too large to handle as identification guides - coffee table books that should remain in the living room. This handbook, by Australia's top conchologist (is that the right word?), and now Chairman of Western Australia's Marine Parks Authority, is a very useful identification guide suitable for use in the field and at home or office. Animals are identified with common and scientific names. It includes over 375 species of the most common seashells found along our seashores. Each one is illustrated with a colour photograph, generally four to eight photographs per page. Text is concise, on the opposite page to the image, so maybe four to eight paragraphs indicating its natural history, habitat, largest size attained. The dangers of handling some shells with live animals inside is indicated. 
And on this point, I have to tell you this true story. Many decades ago, when the late cinematographer Walt Deas was dive master at Heron Island, a young tourist was wandering the shores when he spotted a nice shell. With a view to keeping it as a souvenir, he placed it down his swimming togs, having no bag to carry it in. On nearing the resort he gave a bloood curdling scream and dropped his togs to reveal that his manlihood had been bitten - by a blue-ringed octopus. The initial unfortunate humour of the incident turned immediately into action. Nobody wanted to remove the poison by what was then a traditional means of so doing. The young man was flown by helicopter to Gladstone and hospitalised. Fortunately he fully recovered and returned to the island several days later to a hero's welcome. It would appear from medical advice given to the young man that had it not been his most treasured possession that was bitten he may not have survived. I believe he refused to show his wound to anyone, except to one pretty waitress in the restaurant but thats another story. Of course, the motto is, don't put a shell down your jocks, and always check if any animal is still inside even if it appears that the original animal has long departed.  $29.95. 
Geerat J. Vermeij.
Princeton University Press, New Jersey, USA. 1993.
Hardcover, dustjacket, 207 pages, index, annotated bibliography, mono photos throughout with several colour plates.
For the diver and shell cllector who wants to go that little bit further in his/her education. 
From the fly blurb: Geerat Vermeij wrote this "celebration of shells" to share his enthusiasm for these supremely elegant creations and what they can teach us about nature. Most other popular books on shells emphasize the identification of species, but Vermeij uses shells as a way to explore major ideas in biology. How are shells built? How do they work? How did they evolve? With these questions in mind, the author lucidly—and charmingly—demonstrates how shells give us insights into the lives of animals in our own day as well as in the distant geological past. As snails, clams, and other molluscs enlarge their shells, they inscribe a detailed record of the everyday events and unusual circumstances that mark their lives. Moreover, the fossil record that chronicles the history of life is replete with shells of extinct species. Vermeij draws on comparisons of shells from different parts of the world and from successive geological periods to argue that predators have played a decisive role in the evolution of shells. Architectural specialization, he argues, is dictated by the risks, rewards, costs, and benefits imposed bypredators and competitors on shell-builders living in a dangerous world. This book will be of interest both to amateur shell collectors and to scholars, and its lively review of evolutionary history should prove especially appealing to a general audience.
GeeratJ. Vermeij, Professor of Geology at the University of California, Davis, is the author of Evolution and Escalation: An Ecological History of Life (Princeton) and Biogeography and Adaptation: Patterns of Marine Life (Harvard). Vermeij received a 1992 MacArthur Fellowship.
We have just the only copy abailable, as new. $40.00
I Documentari dell'Istituto Geografico de Agostini di Novara.
Sergio Angelletti
Hardcover, printed cloth boards, wider than A4 portrait, 80 pages, full colour throughout.
It is in Italian so I can't tell you too much about this. 
One copy available, secondhand, good condition. $15.00
J. Hope Macpherson (Curator of Molluscs, National Museum of Victoria); C.J. Gabriel (Honorary Associaye of Conchology, National Museum of Victoria). Drawings by G.J.Browning.
Melbourne University Press, in association with The National Museum of Victoria. 1961. 
Hardcover, dustjacket, 474 pages, index, glossary, bibliography, mono drawings throughout. 
Still a most valuable reference, an authoritive text on the subject suitable for academics, students of the marine sciences, collectors and divers. From the front fly blurb: The simple collecting of sea-shells is a fascinating pastime that gives untold pleasure to thousands of people. Of these, many progress to deeper study and try to learn all they can about the varied kinds, how to recognize them, their scientific as well as their common names, and their relationship each to the other. For both the beginner and the specialist this handbook will be of great value. It is generally simple and non-technical enough for the newcomer, but it contains much information that the specialist will find worth while. To assist the layman, a comprehensive glossary explains the technical terms used in the scientific descriptions. Detailed descriptions and approximately 500 illustrations cover all the common species of Victorian shells, together with their range and distribution. Their points of difference are stated simply, and any feature of special interest is discussed, so identification is made easy. A systematic list of the remaining species is given with their authors and recorded Victorian localities. There is a definition of each family and of the principal genera including the author of the genus and type species.
We have two second-hand copies, both in excellent condition, both with dust jacket and one with protective libray plastic in as-new condition. $42.00. The (slightly) better copy will of could be sold first. 
Patty Jansen.
A nicely put together book, suggested as the the first popular colour book ever published on shells of South-East Australia. Covers some 414 shell species. Non-technical without being over-simplified, the book will interest divers, marine naturalisrts and beachcombers. 
Full page colour plates with 6 to 20 shells per page. Very well laid out. 
Sorry, no longer available.
Tucker and Abbott. 
A handy inexpensive book to slip into the dive bag. 
Softcover, 160p. Colour. 
Neville Coleman.
This is not an identification guide - indeed, it is far more useful as it describes the biology and habitat of the various types of shells, the composition, form, growth, and biology of shells, folowed by a description of the various groups of shells, and a chapter opn cephalopds. and is thus far more useful. 
Hardcover, dustwrapper, 98 pages, medium format, some colour plates, excellent diagrams. 
A. Gordon Melvin.   . 
How much is your Golden Cowrie worth? An exceptional guide to shells and their value on the world market. First published in 1966 so the values are a bit low. 
Hardback, 176pages, colour, 155x215mm.
Limited copies.
Jerry G. Walls. 
T.F.H. Publication  1981. ISBN 0-87666-631-4
Harcover, laminated boards (no dustjacket), 94 pages, mono and colour photographs, no index.
Chapters: Why Collect?; The Collection; Now the Shells; Reading is Fundamental; The Environmental Question. 
And on the environmentqal bit, this is first part of the chapter: The last decade has seen the rise of the "environmentalist generation" and an increasing number of questions being asked about the value and possible harm of any type of natural history collecting. Shell collecting has not been harassed as badly as hunting, fishing, butterfly collecting, or cactus collecting, but it does have its detractors. In a few instances shell shows have been picketed by poorly informed environmentalists or even cancelled because of political pressure. In many schools shell collections are frowned upon as giving youths the wrong idea about how to enjoy nature. A few small countries have begun to strictly regulate shell collecting in their waters, probably wisely so, and California and Florida have taken steps in that direction.
We have one copy left, as new condition. $15.00
Kevin Lamprell. 
Full colour. The spiny oyster shells of the world. 
Hardcover, dustwrapper. 
R.H. de Bruyne
Rebo Intrnational, Netherlands. 2003.
Hardcover, dustjacket, (also with printed laminated boards) slightly less tha A4 portrait, 336pages, index, full colour throughout, glossary, taxonomic overview, bibliography, useful addresses.
From the fly blurb: In The Complete Encyclopedia of Shells you will find pictures and descriptions of a vast array of shells from all over the world. The vast majority of the nearly 100,000 species of mollusks that occur worldwide possess a shell. The true-to-nature photography in this encyclopedia gives you an impression of the best-known species of shell that occur worldwide in both tropical and temperate regions. To make searching easier, the species' groups and the species within those groups, have been arranged alphabetically according to their scientific genus. Particular attention has been paid to include species that can be easily obtained by collectors and vacationers, whether by trading, searching the beach, or purchased across the counter for a reasonable price. The Complete Encyclopedia of Shells is a wonderful work of reference that enables you to identify shells, be it a hobby or a course of serious study.
An excellent reference. Just the one, new copy, left. $42.00
O.H.Rippingale and D.F.McMichael
The Jacaranda Press, Brisbane 1961.
Hardcover, dustjacket, (Cloth cover is also printed); A4 size, 210 pages, colour plates.
From the fly blurb: This book deals with those members of the Phylum Mollusca which are so prolific on the Reef and the nearby coastline that this area has become the Mecca of shell collectors from all over the world.
The beautiful illustrations are the work of Mr. O. H. Rippingale, a talented water-colourist and keen conchologist, who has spent many years collecting in the area. The text has been prepared by Dr. D. F. McMichael, Curator of Shells at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
In a most informative introduction Dr. McMichael describes the various classes of shells and teils us something of the life of the animals which inhabit them —the scallops that swim away when danger threatens, the action of the poisonous- dart of the deadly cone shell. . . . He explains the system of classification, how scientific names are chosen, how to collect shells, how to clean them, how to start and arrange a shell collection. The absolute beginner will find nothing formidable or bewildering in these pages.
The twenty-nine plates depict in full colour about six hundred different shells. Each plate is followed by a. detailed description of each shell telling where it was found, its range, its size, etc.  Second-hand. Just the one copy. Book is in excellent condition but dust jacket seems to be faded - or maybe that is the way it was. Slight scuffs. $35.00
Oceans Enterprises, 303 Commercial Road, Yarram, Vic 3971, Australia.