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Fish doctor
06/30/2016, 08:13 AM
I'm looking for a good book on coral identification. Does anyone have any recommendations?

Fredfish
06/30/2016, 07:15 PM
Veron's Corals of Australia and the Indo Pacific used to be the reference. Don't know if it still is.

Fish doctor
07/01/2016, 05:37 PM
Thanks,I will have to see if I can find a copy.

C.Eymann
07/01/2016, 05:52 PM
Corals of the world by JEN Veron is a 3 book series and it usually is about $400-500 for the set. I got mine for a steal at $300.

A good basic I'd book is the one done by Eric borneman. Anthony calfos book of coral prop and the Julian sprung reef series are pretty good,
If you like getting into the nitty greddy biology and chemistry behind reefkeeping I highly recommend Seven A. Fossa and Alf Jacob Nielsens Modern reefkeeping series.

reefwiser
07/02/2016, 05:12 AM
Veron's book is now a website.
http://coral.aims.gov.au/info/factsheets.jsp
I do think there is a need for a book of all these designer named corals book.
To figure out what type of coral it actually is and not just the color morph.

Fish doctor
07/02/2016, 07:52 PM
Thanks, I have Julian Sprung's book. You are right it is pretty good.

Fredfish
07/03/2016, 12:24 PM
Veron's book is now a website.
http://coral.aims.gov.au/info/factsheets.jsp
I do think there is a need for a book of all these designer named corals book.
To figure out what type of coral it actually is and not just the color morph.
The reality is that physical characteristics are a very poor way to identify corals. Corals vary a lot in morphology depending on their environment.

Inexpensive genetic sequencing is showing us that the traditional groupings based on physical characteristics are not all that accurate.

Here is one example (http://bmcevolbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2148-11-37)