Author: Rudy van der Elst
Editor: Peter Borchert
Publisher: Random House Struik (Pty) Ltd
Imnprint: Struik Nature
4th edition, Cape Town 2000
ISBN 9781868253944 / ISBN 978-1-86-825394-4
Softcover, 17 x 24 cm, 400 pages, numerous color photos and bw-illustrations
Practical, easy to use and authoritative, A Guide to the Common Sea Fishes of Southern Africa is the culmination of years of preparation and in-the-field experience. Here more than 324 ot the fishes most likely to be seen or caught in the coastal regions of southern Africa are presented in a manner that will make this book an invaluable companion to anyone with an interest in fish or fishing, angler and biologist alike. The guide is divided into two sections: Part 1 covers the sharks, rays and sandsharks, while Part 2 deals with the bony fishes. Each part contains species descriptions, listed alphabetically in families and species.
An introduction which comprises Numerous black-and-white illustrations explaining aspects of anatomy, and descriptions of the families, each incorporating illustrations of typical shapes for easy identification, and cross references to individual species. Each species entry includes a detailed description, including those features which distinguish the fish from similar species, a full-colour photograph of the fish, notes on natural history, incorporating many little-known and interesting aspects of fish behaviour, distribution maps showing both local and world ranges, and details of the latest catch restrictions and where appropriate, angling tips.
Graphs showing age-mass-length relationships for many of the game- and sport-fish are a unique feature of this book. The latest angling and spearfishing records have also been included. Finally A Guide to the Common Sea Fishes of Southern Africa has a comprehensive glossary and is fully indexed. Rudy van der Elst was born in the Netherlands and settled in South Africa in 1959. He has an MSc degree from the University of Natal and is presently head of research at Durban's Oceanographic Research Institute. He has lived and worked near, on or under the sea since his student days, and is one of the leading authorities on the marine fishes of southern Africa.
How to use this book
The seas of southern Africa
Fish and their distribution
The life cycles of fish
Marine food organisms
The evolution of fish
The naming of fish
Non-commercial fishing regulations
PART I - The Cartilaginous Fishes
An illustrated outline
Families, a guide to typical body shapes and biology
PART II - The Bony Fishes
An illustrated outline
Families, aguideto typical body shapes and biology