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Marine life identification resources?

Discussion in 'Apps, Book and Media Reviews' started by Pedroinspain, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Pedroinspain

    Pedroinspain Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: On the edge of the Med
    I was somewhat surprised not to find a section on this on this forum .... or am I just myopic? :)

    During my 2 weeks at Brayka Bay (Marsa Alam Red Sea, Egypt) I used an Intova Sport Pro to assist my feeble memory as an aid to fish (and other) identification. It was a MOST helpful little video-corder for the price. However, even with the help of the Collins "Coral Reef Guide - Red Sea", I still have a short list of beasties which stubbornly resist ID. And I am not just talking about the rare skulker in the gloom. One of my issues involves a small blue and goldy-orange 'fusilier' that is very common around the reef tops.

    So here are the questions:

    # What web sites are friendly for this type of pseudo-science with well-arranged access to images?
    # Are any of these particularly good for the Red Sea?

    When I work out how to, I will upload an image or two.

    Keep safe,
  2. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Have you tried the Debelius Field Guide to the Red Sea? Don't know if many web sites will cover the majority of the fish since web sites are generally free and it does take a lot of dedication and time to put together a good one to ID "all" the species in a region.
  3. Pedroinspain

    Pedroinspain Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: On the edge of the Med
    Indeed, Dr Bill. I use the Collin's guide (2004) in conjunction with Debelius (2001). The (additional) small images of the latter are often very useful, but Collins strikes me as more comprehensive with better photos or at least better printing, and definitely with fewer mistakes. But I still have a stubborn 8 or so fish that have resisted both books.
  4. knotical

    knotical perpetual student

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ka'u
    When you start uploading pictures, you might want to do it in this forum: Name that Critter
    Some pretty knowledgeable people hang out there.
  5. Pedroinspain

    Pedroinspain Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: On the edge of the Med
    Many thanks, Knotical. I did not spot that. It seems to be exactly what I wanted. WHooott!!
  6. underH2Oman

    underH2Oman Dive Shop

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Kitchener, Ontario
    Not sure how good these might be for the Red Sea but elsware they are nice.

    The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute has two good -- and free -- iPhone apps. "Fishes: East Pacific" is a guide to shore fishes of the tropical Eastern Pacific Ocean, and was put together by Ross Robertson and Gerald Allen, two expert fish guys. Species can be browsed by common name, Latin name or family ( https://itunes.apple.com/…/fishes-east-pacific…/id494644648… ).

    There's also "Greater Caribbean Fishes," which covers everything from the typically-seen queen angelfish and spotted drums to Florida's deepwater treasures Lipogramma regium and Plectranthias garrupellus. Nearly 1,600 species are covered in 5,500 pictures. (https://itunes.apple.com/…/fishes-greater-cari…/id570048678… )

  7. SenetUK

    SenetUK Garibaldi

    Hi Dean

    I hope you don't mind me dropping these in here as suggestions, we have recently put the first versions of our Pocket Guide Red Sea marine creature identification guides up onto the appstore and playstore.



    we do recognise that these are only a start and will be updating and improving them over the coming versions and would be keen to seek out any suggestions for improvements or creatures that should be included and if anyone wished to send us a comment here perhaps or on our discussion board it would be very much appreciated.

    Senet Ltd - Mobile Apps
    Senet Ltd - Mobile Apps

    All the best
    Senet Mobile UK
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2015
  8. Joel <°)))><

    Joel <°)))>< Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Montreal, Canada
    Any plans to expand to other diving regions?

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