RE: NANFA-- Gulf marine field guide

Hoover, Jan J WES (
Fri, 17 Dec 1999 10:44:43 -0600

>>>does anyone know of a good field guide for Gulf of Mexico
marine invertebrates and algae, esp. the reef critters?<<<

The Peterson Field Guide to Southeastern and Caribbean Shores, by Eugene
Kaplan, works pretty well, and unlike most generic shore guides, includes
some fishes. Edward R. Hamilton was selling the paperback version at a
less-than-retail price within the last year or two.

I also like the Putnam Field Book to Seashore Life by Roy Waldo Miner. I do
not know when these were last printed. Mine is dated 1950, and was given to
me (for Christmas) by a fiddler crab endocrinologist. Its one of my
favorite natural history books. Miner had a gift for concise, clear,
no-nonsense descriptions, but there's lots of personal expertise in the
write-ups (e.g.,times of year and locations where certain organisms appear).
Its written for use on the North Atlantic shores, but since a lot of
organisms are broadly distributed, its very useful anywhere on the eastern

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