Coral Reefs: A Natural History (Hardcover)

Coral Reefs: A Natural History By Russell Kelley (Foreword by), Charles Sheppard Cover Image

Coral Reefs: A Natural History (Hardcover)


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An illustrated look at corals and the reefs they build around the world, and the causes and dire consequences of their rapid disappearance

Corals are among the most varied lifeforms on Earth, ranging from mushroom corals and leather corals to button polyps, sea fans, anemones, and pulse corals. Bridging the gap between plant and animal, these marine invertebrates serve as homes to reef fish and share symbiotic relationships with photosynthesizing algae, which provide corals with their nourishment. This stunningly illustrated book profiles the astonishing diversity of the world's coral groups, describing key aspects of their natural history and explaining why coral reefs are critical to the health of our oceans. Representative examples of corals have been selected to illustrate the broad range of species, and the book's lively and informative commentary covers everything from identification to conservation, making it an essential resource for marine biologists, divers, and anyone who is fascinated by these remarkable sea creatures.
  • Features more than 200 exquisite color photos
  • Highlights key aspects of corals and their natural history
  • Features representative examples from around the world
  • Includes photos of rare and unusual species
Charles Sheppard is professor emeritus of life sciences at the University of Warwick. His books include The Biology of Coral Reefs and Coral Reefs: A Very Short Introduction. Consultant editor Russell Kelley is the author of the Indo Pacific Coral Finder and the Reef Finder. He is program director of the Coral Identification Capacity Building Program, which provides training in coral identification around the world.
Product Details ISBN: 9780691198682
ISBN-10: 0691198683
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: August 17th, 2021
Pages: 240
Language: English