14th out of 53 books — 10 voters
Hawaii's Sea Creatures: A Guide to Hawaii's Marine Invertebrates, Revised Edition
Hawaii's seas teem with life. Living creatures-swimming, creeping, floating or crawling--have invaded every possible undersea habitat. They have multiplied and diversified into every imaginable shape and form, from 20-foot giant squids to tiny creatures living between sand grains. Ninety percent of these animals are invertebrates--animals without backbones. Many are beauti...more
Paperback, 366 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Mutual Publishing
(first published March 1999)
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Jul 21, 2009 Ken-ichi rated it 5 of 5 stars
This is one of the best field guides I own. "Marine invertebrates" encompasses an enormous number of species, but Hoover strikes the right balance between capturing that diversity and excluding particularly rare animals for the sake of brevity. He also always notes when he is excluding things, so if you don't find what you're looking for, you know there are still more options. I wish other non-comprehensive field guides did this. He also includes Hawaiian names whenever available, which is super...more
This a science book. It catalogues all of the underwater marine life in Hawaii (with great pictures). Its a great book for reference. I use this as a textbook for my non-profit organization (www.reefquest.org). It was recommended to me by the University of Hawaii Marine Scientists.