Publishers of Glaucus
ISSN 0963 - 9519


August 1999


Published by Stackpole Books,
part of Gazelle Books Tel:  +44 (0)1524 68765
ISBN  0-8117-2966-4

At first glance this looks like an exceptional book!


A Guide to the Selection, Care and Breeding of
CORALSfor the

by Dr. Herbert R. Axelrod
Colour photographs by Walt Deas
t.f.h Publications

The keeping of live corals in captivity is still the subject of controversy for two reasons. Firstly, the damage to the natural environment which could be caused by their removal. Responsible collection is unlikely to cause any damage to the reefs, and the destruction of coral reefs on a large scale "is a result of water pollution either with chemicals or silt."

The second more contentious issue is whether corals can actually be kept successfully by the home aquarist. This is the subject that the author brings his 40 years of experience to inform the reader of the general requirements of tropical corals in captivity.

The book assumes the aquarist has a basic understanding of the establishment and upkeep on marine aquaria. It briefly explains the biology of corals and then examines the requirements of each individual species with some clear and attractive photographs by Walt Deas. A clear distinction is made between 'hermatypic' corals that use zooxanthellae (symbiotic algae) and 'ahermatypic' corals that are predators which will eat anything they can paralyze with their stinging tentacles'. Each
species is colour coded with the level of experience needed in keeping them.

This book is essential reading for any marine aquarist wishing to keep tropical corals. I would like to have seen more precise information on the lighting levels. The hard book  has 285 glossy pages with excellent colour photographs, often two, on nearly every page. It is an exceptionally well produced book.

The book contains an index and bibliography.

Quote from the book:

"What do corals eat? About 95% of their food is supplied by organic waste excreted by the zooxanthellae. Ahermatypic corals do not have zooxanthellae and are all predatory carnivores ." (page 19)

TFH Publications:  Tel: 01705 268122
(Please mention the BMLSS when ringing this number)
Fax:  01705 268801

Available from:


Seahorse Book

Desert Sea

by Hagen Schmid

Fauna of the Saudi-Arabian Red Sea coast.

+ 12 other contributing photographers

Gazelle Book Services (Tel: 01524 68765)

Price £28.99

ISBN 3-00-001293-1

This book contains mainly excellent photographs accompanied by pertinent information. The underwater photographs are very clear and good enough for identification purposes. They are also very attractive as can be seen in the Harliquin Goby with its commensal prawn in the above photograph for the book. This picture has been altered* . The copyright still remains with the photographer Tuula Metcalfe.

(* the image has been mirrored).

Most of the 200 A4 glossy pages contain colour portraits of shots of individual fish and few invertebrates taken underwater in the Red Sea. All the fish are identified to genus level and almost all to individual species. There are brief notes on behaviour and habitats of the featured species. Near the end there are excellent landscape photographs of the desert, portraits of birds and mammals. On page 132 there is a photograph of the planktonic nudibranch Glaucilla marginata. The last double-paged photograph shows the sun going down over the Red Sea.

Available from:
  Hancock House (through Gazelle Book Services, Tel:  01524 68765, Fax: 01524 63232, (Please mention the BMLSS when ringing this number) EMail )
ISBN  3-00-001293-1

"Eastern Tidepool & Reef"
North Central Atlantic Marinelife Guide by Dr. C. Harvey-Clark Hancock House (through Gazelle Book Services, Tel:  01524 68765, Fax: 01524 63232, EMail ) ISBN  0888 394063 £7.99


Interpet Manual of
by Martyn Haywood & Sue Wells
(Salamander 1989)
ISBN    0 86101 474 X

Nudibranchs of Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef - A Survey of the Opisthobranchia (Sea Slugs) of Heron and Wistari Reefs

by J.G. Marshall and R.C. Willan

Twenty years of fieldwork resulted in this splendid book on one of the most colourful marine animal groups: the opisthobranchs. This book depicts 280 species and forms a welcome addition to previous guides which were recently published. A checklist at the end of the book gives a total of over 400 species for the Great Barrier Reef alone. Hard cover, 268p., 2 text figs, 38 colour pls depicting 280 species, 3 col. plates depicting study sites, A$95

To order please use E-mail address or web site below

Patty Jansen


British Marine Life Study Society
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