Coral Reef Fishes

It could be considered to be quite unusual to find an academic from a scientific discipline to have a flair for the aesthetic. Luis Rocha manages the combination with aplomb. He has created a web site about coral reef fishes superbly illustrated with his own photographs.

Rocha explains some of the attractions of coral reefs:

The most striking feature of reef fish is their diversity, in terms of both species number and the range of morphologies. An estimated 4000 (18% of all living fishes) species of fish live on coral reefs and associated habitats of the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic oceans, and this number increases as new exploratory surveys are done.

Further examples of his reef fish photographs can be found at his online gallery. As might be expected from his scientific background, the photographs are not only beautiful, they are meticulously accurate.


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