Best Ichthyology Books
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1. Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life
Author: by Lulu Miller
Published at: Simon & Schuster; Illustrated edition (April 14, 2020)
A Best Book of 2020: The Washington Post * NPR * Chicago Tribune * Smithsonian A remarkable (Los Angeles Times), seductive (The Wall Street Journal) debut from the new cohost of Radiolab, Why Fish Don’t Exist is a dark and astonishing tale of love, chaos, scientific obsession, andpossiblyeven murder.
At one point, Miller dives into the ocean into a school of fishcomes up for air, and realizes she’s in love. That’s how I felt: Her book took me to strange depths I never imagined, and I was smitten. The New York Times Book ReviewDavid Starr Jordan was a taxonomist, a man possessed with bringing order to the natural world.
In time, he would be credited with discovering nearly a fifth of the fish known to humans in his day. But the more of the hidden blueprint of life he uncovered, the harder the universe seemed to try to thwart him.
His specimen collections were demolished by lightning, by fire, and eventually by the 1906 San Francisco earthquakewhich sent more than a thousand discoveries, housed in fragile glass jars, plummeting to the floor. In an instant, his life’s work was shattered. Many might have given up, given in to despair.But Jordan?
2. The World Beneath: The Life and Times of Unknown Sea Creatures and Coral Reefs
Author: by Dr. Richard Smith
Published at: Apollo Publishers (September 10, 2019)
Meet the world’s most fascinating sea creaturessee the lives and curiosities of colorful fish and coral reefsthis spectacular volume has more than 300 color photos and extraordinary text from a leading marine biologist and underwater photographer, and the international expert on seahorses.
In this richly informative volume, brimming with new discoveries and more than three hundred colorful images of jaw-dropping fish and coral reefs, you’ll swim in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans; you’ll be dazzled in the Coral Triangle and amazed in Triton Bay.
Up close you’ll meet the Cenderawasih fairy wrasse, with its florescent yellow streak; the polka-dot longnose filefish; and the multicolored seadragon. There are scarlet-colored corals, baby-blue sponges, daffodil crinoids, and all sorts of mystifying creatures that change color at the drop of a hat.
The whale shark is almost larger than life and the author’s beloved pygmy seahorse, unless photographed, is almost too tiny to see. The wondrous creatures inside are charmers and tricksters and excel in the arts of seduction and deception, and you’ll have the rare chance to see and delight in their antics.
3. The Book of Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World
Author: by Patrik Svensson
Published at: Ecco (May 26, 2020)
A Finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book PrizeNational BestsellerWinner of the National Outdoor Book AwardLonglisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in NonfictionA New York Times Notable BookOne of TIME’s 100 Must Read Books of the YearOne of The Washington Post’s 50 Notable Nonfiction Books of the YearOne of Smithsonian Magazine’s 10 Best Science Books of the Year One of Publishers Weekly’s Best Nonfiction Books of the Year A New York Times Editor’s ChoicePart H Is for Hawk, part The Soul of an Octopus, The Book of Eels is both a meditation on the world’s most elusive fishthe eeland a reflection on the human conditionRemarkably little is known about the European eel, Anguilla anguilla.
So little, in fact, that scientists and philosophers have, for centuries, been obsessed with what has become known as the eel question: Where do eels come from?What are they? Are they fish or some other kind of creature altogether?
Even today, in an age of advanced science, no one has ever seen eels mating or giving birth, and we still don’t understand what drives them, after living for decades in freshwater, to swim great distances back to the ocean at the end of their lives.
4. Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, Second Edition (Peterson Field Guides)
Author: by Lawrence M. Page
Published at: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Second edition (April 21, 2011)
There are nearly 1,000 species of freshwater fishes in North America alone, and identifying them can sometimes be a daunting task. In fact, in just the twenty years since publication of the first edition of the Peterson Field Guide to Freshwater Fishes, the number of species has risen by almost 150, including 19 marine invaders and 16 newly established nonnative species.
This second edition incorporates all of these new species, plus all-new maps and a collection of new and revised plates. Some of the species can be told apart only by minute differences in coloration or shape, and these beautifully illustrated plates reveal exactly how to distinguish each species.
The guide includes detailed maps and information showing where to locate each species of fishwhether that species can be found in miles-long stretches of river or small pools that cover only dozens of square feet. The ichthyologic world of the twenty-first century is not the same as it was in the twentieth, and this brand-new edition of the definitive field guide to freshwater fishes reflects these many changes.
5. Reef Fish Identification – Florida Caribbean Bahamas – 4th Edition (Reef Set)
Author: by Paul Humann
Published at: New World Publications; 4th edition (June 16, 2014)
The 4th edition is packed with amazing marine life photographs of 683 species and enough information to keep fish watchers busy for years. The book includes the latest information on what is known about the taxonomy and distribution of Caribbean reef fishes.
The easy-to-use, quick reference format makes it a snap to identify the hundreds of fishes sighted on the reefs, sand flats, grass beds, surf zones and walls of Florida, the Caribbean and Bahamas.
6. The Book of Snakes: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World
Author: by Mark O'Shea
Published at: University of Chicago Press; First edition (October 15, 2018)
For millennia, humans have regarded snakes with an exceptional combination of fascination and revulsion. Some people recoil in fear at the very suggestion of these creatures, while others happily keep them as pets. Snakes can convey both beauty and menace in a single tongue flick and so these creatures have held a special place in our cultures.
Yet, for as many meanings that we attribute to snakesfrom fertility and birth to sin and deaththe real-life species represent an even wider array of wonders. The Book of Snakes presents 600 species of snakes from around the world, covering nearly one in six of all snake species.
It will bring greater understanding of a group of reptiles that have existed for more than 160 million years, and that now inhabit every continent except Antarctica, as well as two of the great oceans. This volume pairs spectacular photos with easy-to-digest text.
It is the first book on these creatures that combines a broad, worldwide sample with full-color, life-size accounts. Entries include close-ups of the snake’s head and a section of the snake at actual size. The detailed images allow readers to examine the intricate scale patterns and rainbow of colors as well as special features like a cobra’s hood or a rattlesnake’s rattle.
7. Encyclopedia of Aquarium and Pond Fish
Author: by David Alderton
Published at: DK; Reprint edition (February 12, 2019)
The most complete owner’s manual for keeping all types of freshwater and saltwater fish in indoor tropical and coldwater aquariums and outdoor ponds. Choose the right fish for any water temperature-tropical or coldwater-and for all types of environments, including indoor aquariums or outdoor ponds.
Know the difference between keeping saltwater fish and freshwater fish, including differences in aquarium setups, and feeding and caring for your pet fish. Learn to tell whether your fish are healthy and find out everything you need to breed them successfully.
The Encyclopedia of Aquarium and Pond Fish contains a huge photographic color reference directory of more than 800 of the most popular fish, not only showing you what they look like, but also giving you key information you need, such as how big they will grow, whether they integrate with different fish, what food they eat, and what water type and temperature they prefer.
8. Smart About Sharks! (About Animals)
Author: by Owen Davey
Published at: Flying Eye Books; Illustrated edition (August 9, 2016)
It’s time to learn about the sea’s most feared (and most misunderstood) residents: sharks! Owen Davey returns to nonfiction to explain the mysteries of those denizens of the deep. Some deadly, some not-so-deadly, and almost all just generally misunderstood. Exciting and detailed illustrations fill the page and educate young readers about these thrilling residents of the sea!
Delivering information with the same whimsical text and brash illustration that saw his previous book win the affection of the Wall Street Journal, Smart About Sharks is sure to have teeth!
9. Sea Turtles: A Complete Guide to Their Biology, Behavior, and Conservation
Author: by James R. Spotila
Published at: Johns Hopkins University Press (November 12, 2004)
Winner, Professional and Scholarly Publishing Awards in Biological Sciences Winner, National Outdoor Book Award, Nature and the Environment Outstanding Academic Title, Choice MagazineFor more than a hundred million years, sea turtles have been swimming in the world’s oceans. These magnificent, long-lived creatures spend their lives in the water, coming ashore to lay their eggs.
Upon hatching, the baby turtles leave the nest and enter a dangerous world of storms and predators. The females will return to the same beach to lay their own eggs when they reach maturity a decade later. Today, there are seven species of sea turtle: the grasseating green turtle; the sea spongeeating hawksbill; the olive ridley; the Kemp’s ridley, which is the smallest species; the loggerhead; the flatback of Australia; and the giant leatherback.
Having escaped the mass extinction that wiped out the dinosaurs, these ancient reptiles today face new dangers that threaten their survival: pollution, hunting, and the destruction of their nesting grounds. Will this century be the last to witness their majesty?
10. National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: North America (National Audubon Society Field Guides)
Author: by John L. Behler
Published at: Knopf; 1st edition (November 12, 1979)
The most comprehensive field guide available to the reptiles and amphibians of North America-a must-have for any enthusiast’s day pack or home library-from the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers. Featuring a durable vinyl binding and over 600 full-color identification photographs organized for quick access, the National Audubon Society Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians is the perfect companion in the field.
This compact volume contains: Background information on evolution, anatomy, physiology, habitats, and life cycles of a range of reptile and amphibian families. A detailed look at how reptiles and amphibians survive-how they eat, move around, defend themselves, and combat temperature extremes.
Examinations of metamorphosis, growth and longevity, and vocalization techniques. Practical advice on how to responsibly study reptiles and amphibians in the wild or care for them as pets.
11. The Field Herping Guide: Finding Amphibians and Reptiles in the Wild (Wormsloe Foundation Nature Book Ser.)
Author: by Mike Pingleton
Published at: University of Georgia Press (June 1, 2019)
Herping is the observation of amphibians and reptiles for recreation or for the production of citizen sciencethe cold-blooded equivalent of birding. The Field Herping Guide: Finding Amphibians and Reptiles in the Wild is the first book to explore the fun and fascinating world of observing herpetofauna across North America.
The natural world holds an amazing diversity of herps, some as close as our own backyards. This guidebook is geared toward new field herpers and uses proven methods from professional herpetologists Mike Pingleton and Joshua Holbrook. The guide addresses basic questions new field herpers have about amphibians and reptiles: What do I need to know about their biology?
Where do I look for them, and when? These topics are covered in a straightforward manner, with images, a glossary of essential terms, personal anecdotes, and informational vignettes that support the subject material. TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE: Getting Started Understanding Herp Behavior Finding Herps Catching and Handling Herps Safety in the Field Ethics and Etiquette, Rights and Responsibilities Classification, Taxonomy, and Species Identification Citizen Science and Data Collection Herp Photography Social Aspects of Field Herping A History of Field Herping
12. Reef Fish Identification Tropical Pacific 2nd Edition
Author: by Paul Humann
Published at: New World Publications; 2nd edition (October 30, 2015)
The book features more than 200 additional species, hundreds of improved photos, scientific name changes and range extensions. The popular field guide contains the most current and comprehensive information available for divers, naturalists and aquarists chronicling marine fishes ranging from Thailand to Tahiti.
The new edition includes 2,000 species with 2,500 photographs of fishes in their natural habitat. The user-friendly guide groups species in 20 color-coded identification groups based on similar physical or behavioral characteristics. Multiple photographs for many species show variations in color and markings, life cycle phases and gender.
Accompanying species accounts include common and scientific names, family, size, visual descriptions, geographical ranges and distinctive characteristics, making the visual identification of a particular species easier than ever before.
13. The Book of Frogs: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World
Author: by Tim Halliday
Published at: University of Chicago Press; Illustrated edition (January 29, 2016)
With over 7,000 known species, frogs display a stunning array of forms and behaviors. A single gram of the toxin produced by the skin of the Golden Poison Frog can kill 100,000 people. Male Darwin’s Frogs carry their tadpoles in their vocal sacs for sixty days before coughing them out into the world.
The Wood Frogs of North America freeze every winter, reanimating in the spring from the glucose and urea that prevent cell collapse. The Book of Frogs commemorates the diversity and magnificence of all of these creatures, and many more. Six hundred of nature’s most fascinating frog species are displayed, with each entry including a distribution map, sketches of the frogs, species identification, natural history, and conservation status.
Life-size color photos show the frogs at their actual sizeincluding the colossal seven-pound Goliath Frog. Accessibly written by expert Tim Halliday and containing the most up-to-date information, The Book of Frogs will captivate both veteran researchers and amateur herpetologists. As frogs increasingly make headlines for their troubling worldwide decline, the importance of these fascinating creatures to their ecosystems remains underappreciated.
14. Shark Biology and Conservation: Essentials for Educators, Students, and Enthusiasts
Author: by Daniel C. Abel
Published at: Johns Hopkins University Press (September 1, 2020)
Feed your fascination with sharks! This complete resource enlightens readers on the biology, ecology, and behavior of sharks with approachable explanations and more than 250 stunning color illustrations. Studies of shark biology have flourished over the last several decades. An explosion of new research methods is leading to a fascinating era of oceanic discovery.
Shark Biology and Conservation is an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of the diversity, evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, anatomy, and conservation of sharks. Written in a style that is detailed but not intimidating by world-renowned shark specialists Dan Abel and Dean Grubbs, it relays numerous stories and insights from their exciting experiences in the field.
While explaining scientific concepts in terms that non-specialists and students can understand, Abel and Grubbs reveal secrets that will illuminate even the experts. The text provides readers with a robust and wide range of essential knowledge as it introduces emerging as well as traditional techniques for classifying sharks, understanding their behavior, and unraveling the mysteries of their evolution; draws on both established shark science and the latest breakthroughs in the field, from molecular approaches to tracking technologies; highlights the often-neglected yet fascinating subject of shark physiology, including heart function, sensory biology, digestion, metabolic performance, and reproduction; addresses big picture ecological questions like “Which habitats do sharks prefer?” and “Where do sharks migrate and for what purpose?”; describes the astonishing diversity of sharks’ adaptations to their environment; discusses which shark conservation techniques do and don’t work; and comments on the use and misuse of science in the study of sharks.
15. What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins
Author: by Jonathan Balcombe
Published at: Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Reprint edition (June 6, 2017)
A New York Times Bestseller Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water? In What a Fish Knows, the myth-busting ethologist Jonathan Balcombe addresses these questions and more, taking us under the sea, through streams and estuaries, and to the other side of the aquarium glass to reveal the surprising capabilities of fishes.
Although there are more than thirty thousand species of fishmore than all mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combinedwe rarely consider how individual fishes think, feel, and behave. Balcombe upends our assumptions about fishes, portraying them not as unfeeling, dead-eyed feeding machines but as sentient, aware, social, and even Machiavellianin other words, much like us.
What a Fish Knows draws on the latest science to present a fresh look at these remarkable creatures in all their breathtaking diversity and beauty. Fishes conduct elaborate courtship rituals and develop lifelong bonds with shoalmates. They also plan, hunt cooperatively, use tools, curry favor, deceive one another, and punish wrongdoers.
16. The Marine World: A Natural History of Ocean Life
Author: by Frances Dipper
Published at: Cornell University Press; Illustrated edition (October 11, 2016)
The Marine World is a book for everyone with an interest in the ocean, from the marine biologist or student wanting expert knowledge of a particular group to the naturalist or diver exploring the seashore and beyond. With color illustrations, line drawings, more than 1,500 color photographs, and clear accessible text, this book encompasses all those organisms that live in, on, and around the ocean, bringing together in a single text everything from the minuscule to the immense.
It includes sections on all but the most obscure marine groups, covering invertebrate phyla from sponges to sea squirts, as well as plants, fungi, bacteria, fish, reptiles, mammals, and birds. It incorporates information on the identification, distribution, structure, biology, ecology, classification, and conservation of each group.
Today global warming, overfishing, ocean acidification, and pollution are just a few of the many threats and challenges faced by ocean life. Without knowledge of the animals, plants, and other organisms that live in the marine world, we cannot hope to support or implement successful conservation and management measures, or truly appreciate the incredible wealth and variety of marine life.