Although it’s been out for a few months we finally got our hands on a personal copy of Rudie Kuiter and Helmut Debelius’s seminal identification guide, World Atlas of Marine Fishes. You can tell by the new mandarin species and cracked out lemonpeel angel on the cover that this book is not recycling the same old material that TFH has been hawking on us for the last decade or two. The book is the same size as the familiar Burgess Atlas but with over 6000 new photographs to look at, we’ll have to spend a whole lot more time in that special porcelain place to even look at them all. The one annoying but inevitable consequence of this new work is these authors having a serious look at ‘taxonomic’ work to confuse us with all kinds of new ‘correct’ scientific names. In either case, the book sells for $120 at most online etailers but Marine Depot has it on sale for $80 which is quite a bargain considering you’ll never be bored in the bathroom again.
Jake Adams has been an avid marine aquarist since the mid 90s and has worked in the retail side of the marine aquarium trade for more than ten years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Marine Science and has been the managing editor of ReefBuilders.com since 2008. Jake is interested in every facet of the marine aquarium hobby from the concepts to the technology, rare fish to exotic corals, and his interests are well documented through a very prolific career of speaking to reef clubs and marine aquarium events, and writing articles for aquarium publications across the globe. His primary interest is in corals which Jake pursues in the aquarium hobby as well as diving the coral reefs of the world.