Reef Fishes: A Quiz Deck on Species and Natural History Packed with Facts for Aquarists, Divers, and Ecotourists

Reef Fishes: A Quiz Deck on Species and Natural History Packed with Facts for Aquarists, Divers, and Ecotourists
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Reef Fishes: A Quiz Deck on Species and Natural History Packed with Facts for Aquarists, Divers, and Ecotourists
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With 48 fact-filled cards per package, Knowledge Cards are a great source of condensed information—all in a deck the size of a pack of playing cards. Size: 3¼ x 4".

By Scott W. Michael.

ISBN 9780764951619

Product Description

Scott W. Michael has spent decades diving the coral reefs of the world, both as an acclaimed underwater photographer and as a respected marine researcher. His best-selling Reef Fishes reference books are trusted by professional and amateur aquarium keepers, as well as divers, snorkelers, and underwater naturalists.

Each of these 48 cards features a glorious fish and a clue to its identity on the front; an informative description is on the back. From the magnificent Queen Angelfish, beloved by divers and aquarists alike; to the Napoleon Wrasse, an endangered behemoth; to the tiny, brilliant Neon Goby, the images and profiles here offer absorbing, eye-opening glimpses into the amazing world of coral reef fishes.

Text and Photos by Scott W. Michael, CORAL Magazine.


Sample Card Text

I dig burrows in the sand using my mouth, but right now I'm gargling something more fragile.

Answer Opistognathus aurifrons (Jordan & Thompson, 1905)
Yellowhead Jawfish
Using its mouth as a shovel, this comical little fish digs a burrow in the sand, where it hides when danger threatens. It feeds on zooplankton and hovers in the water column above its refuge. It lives in colonies both small and large. Yellowhead males incubate the eggs in their mouths until they hatch, at which time the larvae are spit into the water column. (Male with about-to-hatch eggs shown.)
FAMILY: Opistognathidae
NATIVE RANGE: Tropical Western Atlantic
MAXIMUM LENGTH: 3.9 in. (10 cm)
MINIMUM AQUARIUM SIZE: 20 gal. (76 L)
AQUARIUM PROFILE: The Yellowhead Jawfish needs a deep bed of substrate (shells, coral sand, rubble of varying sizes) in which it can construct a sturdy burrow. It may jump from an open tank, especially at first, but once it has created a burrow this will be less likely.