Biology of Butterflyfishes is an exciting new book which will bring some much deserved knowledge and information about this charismatic group of iconic reef fish. In the marine aquarium world, the marine angelfishes get their lion’s share of the spotlight, but the closely butterflyfishes are close behind. Although butterflyfish require a touch more TLC and effort when acclimating to aquarium life, their diversity of colors and patterns are totally worth it.
The new book edited by Morgan S. Pratchett, Michael L. Berumen and B. G. Kapoor covers important topics about this group of fish such as:
-The ecology and conservation of coral reef butterflyfishes
-Explores the evolution of butterflyfishes as well as their adaptions
-Discusses the evolution of coral-feeding
-Highlights key threats and challenges related to the conservation of butterflyfishes
-Offers insight on current and future research directions
Biology of Butterflyfishes is not an aquarium book per se but it does include a couple sections on harvesting, captive care and breeding (?) of coral reef butterflyfishes authored in part by Mr. J. Charles Delbeek. Undoubtedly the real fish mongers will be able to glean some useful nuggets of information for understanding how butterflyfish ‘work’, perhaps eventually leading to some breakthroughs regarding the more challenging species.
The new Biology of Butterflyfishes book is slated for publication in the middle of August at which point it will be available for purchase for $99 from CRC Press.