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Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific Book Review

By J.E.N. Veron
Publisher: The Australian Institute of Marine Science (1986)

Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific

This book, Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific, is an older book that was written in 1986 by one of the most experienced in the world on corals, J.E.N. Veron. This is book is enormous! It weighs several pounds and is composed of over 600 plus pages of coral goodness. Yes, it is an older book but the information and images in it are still applicable to modern day reefing. It contains most everything you want to know about corals from Australia and the Indo-Pacific and provides tons of full color photographs and black and white detailed diagrams that you can use to help identify corals.

In the first part of the book the author starts at the beginning and breaks down what a coral reef is, the various coral reef zones, how they form, details the different types of coral communities and also talks about coral biology which is very interesting in my opinion. The second half is about all the various coral species (500 plus pages). Each coral family profile starts with some general information and then goes into more details on where they are found, identifying characteristics, colors, similar species, their abundance along with photographs of each species. Very good stuff in this book.

Coral Families covered:
  • Acroporidae

  • Agariciidae

  • Anthemiphyllidae

  • Astrocoeniidae

  • Caryophyllidae

  • Dendrophyllidae

  • Faviidae

  • Flabellidae

  • Fungiidae

  • Guyniidae

  • Helioporidae

  • Meandrinidae

  • Merulinidae

  • Micrabaciidae

  • Millieporidae

  • Mussidae

  • Oculinidae

  • Pectiniidae

  • Pocilliporidae

  • Poritidae

  • Rhizangiidae

  • Siderastreidae

  • Stylasteridae

  • Trachyphyllidae

  • Tubiporidae

There is also a geological history, biogeography and glossary section towards the end of the book.

With the internet and the enormous amounts of coral information and images online now I don't see your typical reef hobbyist buying this. It's more for hardcore coral enthusiasts. The information and pictures are incredible though and if you can get your hands on one, you should definitely check it out. I give this book 5 stars.

Author : Mike FishLore

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Review Title: Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific
Reviewed by: Mike FishLore
Summary: Book review of Corals of Australia and the Indo-Pacific.
Description: This is an older book that was written in 1986 by one of the most experienced in the world on corals, J.E.N. Veron. This is book is enormous!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

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