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Victoria’s Galaxiid FishesArtist/Author: Kuiter, Rudie H
Galaxiid fishes are of Gondwana origin and well represented in Victoria. All known members are described and illustrated with multiple images, including many apparently new species. With nearly all natural habitats destroyed and predatory trout recklessly introduced, many species are critically endangered and surviving in headwaters of river basins as highly localised small populations in forested habitats. This book serves to make people aware of these special fishes living in our forests.
Big Pacific: An Incredible Journey of Exploration and RevelationArtist/Author: Tansley, Rebecca
A captivating exploration of the world’s biggest ocean and its inhabitants.
The Pacific Ocean has been the focus of our fascination for as long as we have lived beside and on it. It covers one-third of Earth’s surface — greater than all of the planet’s landmasses combined. It contains half of the world’s water, hides its deepest places, and is home to some of the most dazzling creatures known to science.
Big Pacific presents the Pacific Ocean and its inhabitants as you have never seen them before, blending a wealth of images with spellbinding storytelling to take you into a realm teeming with exotic life yet rarely witnessed up close — until now.
The book is divided into four sections. The ‘Passionate Pacific’ looks at the private lives of sea creatures, with topics ranging from the mating behaviours of great white sharks to the monogamy of wolf eels, while ‘Voracious Pacific’ covers hunting and feeding. In ‘Mysterious Pacific,’ you will be introduced to the Pacific’s more extraordinary creatures, like the pufferfish and firefly squid, and explore some of the region’s eerier locales, like the turtle tombs of Borneo and the skull caves of Papua New Guinea. ‘Violent Pacific’ examines the effects of events like natural disasters on the development of the Pacific Ocean’s geography and the evolution of its marine life.
Providing an unparalleled look at a diverse range of species, locations and natural phenomena, Big Pacific is truly an epic excursion to one of the world’s last great frontiers.
Whales of Sydney: and other Visitors to our ShoresArtist/Author: Liebschner, Jonas
Whales of Sydney is a spectacular photographic book that documents the annual migration of Humpback Whales past the coast of iconic city of Sydney from mid-May to the beginning of December. Showcasing not only the majestic whales but all marine life that can be see during this time, the book demonstrates the whale’s breathtaking behaviours and the interaction between them and the humans watching as well. Sydney has one of the longest humpback whale migrations spanning almost six months and sees a large number of whales swimming past its shores with an estimated number of more than 25,000 individuals at the end of 2016, increasing by about 10% each year. All whale photography has been captured over the past ten years by wildlife photographer Jonas Liebschner, who spends most of his days out at sea during whale watching season, trying to capture these magic moments.
About the Author: Jonas Liebschner was born on the 19th of October 1985 in Worms,Germany. After finishing school he started an internship at a German advertising agency for which he worked for the next 2.5 years as a graphic designer, flash developer and project manager. He decided to quit his job and left for New Zealand in 2007, where he travelled the north island for six months. By coincidence he was offered a job as a tour guide with Whale Watch Kaikoura that saw him taking tourists out to see the whales for the next six months. Photography has always been a passion of Jonas, so while he was not paid to take pictures of whales in Kaikoura, he started taking his camera out and took pictures of what he saw on a daily basis.
A Photographic Guide to Sea Fishes of AustraliaArtist/Author: Kuiter, Rudie H.
This compact and easy-to-use format is the ideal pocket-size travelling companion. It has an authoritative text describing key identification features. Full-colour photographs illustrating each of the 222 species. Thumbnail outlines of each family group enabling quick identification.
Effective Ecological MonitoringArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, Gene Likens
The fully revised second edition of this highly acclaimed book.
Long-term monitoring programs are fundamental to understanding the natural environment and managing major environmental problems. Yet they are often done very poorly and ineffectively. This second edition of the highly acclaimed Effective Ecological Monitoring describes what makes monitoring programs successful and how to ensure that long-term monitoring studies persist.
Though the book has been fully revised and updated it remains concise, illustrating key aspects of effective monitoring with case studies and examples. It includes new sections comparing surveillance-based and question-based monitoring, analysing environmental observation networks, and provides examples of adaptive monitoring.
Based on the authors’ 80 years of collective experience in running long-term research and monitoring programs, Effective Ecological Monitoring is a valuable resource for the natural resource management, ecological and environmental science and policy communities.
Seahorses: a life-size guide to every species.Artist/Author: Lourie, Sara.
Seahorses are extraordinary creatures. They swim upright and spend days in dancing courtship. They are small, shy and have heads shaped like miniature ponies. And the male carries the female’s eggs in his pouch and ‘births’ the young. Found worldwide, they are sensitive to environmental disruption and are an obvious flagship group for conservation. Seahorses unveils every species, including the seadragons and pipefish that share the Syngnathidae family. Each of the 47 entries incorporates a photograph and description, so you can admire their beauty as you learn about their ecological importance.
The dragon behind the glass: a true story of power, obsession and the world’s most coveted fish.Artist/Author: Voigt, Emily.
A riveting journey into the bizarre world of the Asian arowana or “dragon fish” the world’s most expensive aquarium fish-reveals a surprising history with profound implications for the future of wild animals and human beings alike. A young man is murdered for his prized pet fish. An Asian tycoon buys a single specimen for $150,000. Meanwhile, a pet detective chases smugglers through the streets of New York. Delving into an outlandish realm of obsession, paranoia, and criminality, The Dragon Behind the Glass tells the story of a fish like none other: a powerful predator dating to the age of the dinosaurs. Treasured as a status symbol believed to bring good luck, the Asian arowana is bred on high-security farms in Southeast Asia and sold by the hundreds of thousands each year. In the United States, however, it’s protected by the Endangered Species Act and illegal to bring into the country-though it remains the object of a thriving black market. From the South Bronx to Singapore, journalist Emily Voigt follows the trail of the fish, ultimately embarking on a years-long quest to find the arowana in the wild, venturing deep into some of the last remaining tropical wildernesses on earth. With a captivating blend of personal reporting, history, and science, The Dragon Behind the Glass traces our modern fascination with aquarium fish back to the era of exploration when intrepid naturalists stood on the cutting edge of modern science, discovering new and wondrous species in jungles all over the world. In an age when freshwater fish now comprise one of the most rapidly vanishing groups of animals on the planet, Voigt unearths a paradoxical truth behind the dragon fish’s rise to fame-one that calls into question how we protect the world’s rarest species. An elegant exploration of the human conquest of nature, The Dragon Behind the Glass revels in the sheer wonder of life’s diversity and lays bare our deepest desire-to hold onto what is wild.
Field Guide to the Tropical Fish of AustraliaArtist/Author: Stuart-Smith, Rick, Graham Edgar, Andrew Green, Ian Shaw
Covering almost 1,100 species, often with multiple images for important life stages, this field guide represents the most comprehensive collection of the tropical fishes found on Australian reefs, including the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Ningaloo Reef, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. Many of the species covered are also found widely throughout the Indo-Pacific, from the Red Sea, up to Japan and across to French Polynesia, and travellers will also find this book handy, particularly for popular tropical South Pacific destinations. Authors Rick Stuart-Smith, Graham Edgar, Andrew Green and Ian Shaw have decades’ worth of collective experience studying and photographing reef fishes around the world.
Rainforest – A Photographic JourneyArtist/Author: Thomas Marent
This awe-inspiring collection of over 500 amazing photographs will open your eyes to the wonders of life under the canopy.
The result of nature photographer, Thomas Marent’s 16-year journey across five continents, Rainforest celebrates the fascinating behaviour and incredible variety of rainforest animals and plants – from resourceful leaf-cutter ants to the multi-hued clouds of butterflies and birds that flutter high in the tree tops. Incredibly, more is known about our universe than the millions of plant and animal species that teem inside these great hothouses of life.
Rainforest takes you inside this mysterious realm, with breathtaking photographs and absorbing personal insight.
Venom: the secrets of nature’s deadliest weapon.Artist/Author: Jenner, Ronald and Eivind Undheim
When we enter the world of venom, we enter the realm of one of the most diverse, versatile, sophisticated and deadly biological adaptations ever to have evolved on Earth. Since it first appeared in ancient jellyfish and sea anemones, venom has proved so effective that it has since evolved independently in dozens of different animal groups. The authors reveal the many unique methods by which venomous animals deliver their cocktail of toxins and how these disrupt the physiology of the victims. Jenner and Undheim also consider how humans have learnt to neutralise venom’s devastating effects, as well as exploit the power of venom in innovative ways to create new drugs to treat a variety of serious conditions. Fully illustrated throughout, this illuminating guide will appeal to all those with an interest in the wondrous world of venom.
LobsterArtist/Author: Richard J. King
What do you know about the knobbily armoured, scarlet creature staring back at you from your fancy dinner plate? Since there are species of lobsters without claws, then what exactly is a lobster? To answer these questions Richard J. King, a former fishmonger and commercial lobsterman, has chronicled the creature’s long and complex history. Lobster takes us on a journey through the history, biology, cuisine and culture of lobsters, and their economic and environmental status worldwide. King describes how the lobster is an international commodity, and how the American lobster fishery is arguably one of the last healthy wild fisheries left on Earth. The author describes the evolution of technologies to capture these creatures, and addresses the ethics of boiling them alive. He also explores the salacious lobster palaces of the 1920s, as well as the animal’s thousand-year status as an aphrodisiac, and how it has inspired numerous artists, writers and thinkers including Aristotle, Dickens, Thoreau, Dali and Woody Allen. Lobster is an essential read for anyone with an appetite for the world’s best-known and most delicious crustacean.
In this carefully researched and highly readable account for both the scholar and the more casual reader, King travels from Hawaii to Maine, and from Scotland to Western Australia, to describe the human connection with the lobster, from ocean bottom to buttery plate.
A diver’s guide to reef life.Artist/Author: Ferrari, Andrea and Antonella Ferrari.
An indispensable companion for reef divers wishing to identify, photograph or learn about the myriad of fascinating creatures who inhabit the world’s tropical reefs and mangroves. The 1200 definitive and concise descriptions are drawn from the authors’ first-hand experiences and are also accompanied by stunningly clear and detailed photographs, facilitating the identification of species. In addition, the authors also impart advice on how to use underwater cameras to capture beautiful images such as those presented within.