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Sharks of the World – A fully illustrated guide

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Sharks of the World is the essential book for everyone interested in sharks, from the expert requiring a major reference work, to the layperson fascinated by their beauty, biology and diversity.

Packed with unique colour illustrations, line drawings and photographs, well-presented and easy to use, this book is currently the only single guide to cover over 500 of the world’s shark species. It incorporates the most recent taxonomic revisions of many shark families, featuring not only many species that were only described in recent years, but several more that are still awaiting their scientific names.

Its production is timely. Overfishing and the shark fin trade have pushed sharks into the most threatened categories of marine animals. Their depletion has serious implications for the stability of marine ecosystems. Some species are now listed in international environmental agreements, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and they are becoming a management priority for many Regional Fisheries Management Organisations. Implementation of conservation and fisheries management measures, and international trade regulation is impossible without a good identification guide.

Sharks of the World is the end product of well over a decade of collaboration between David Ebert, Sarah Fowler and Leonard Compagno (globally-recognised experts in shark taxonomy, identification, biology and shark conservation policy and status) and the renowned natural history illustrator, Marc Dando – pooling a total of over 100 years of professional engagement in this field.

The first thing to say is that this is a stunningly beautiful book. The artwork by Marc Dando illustrating all the world’s sharks and dogfish is quite outstanding and the fine printing does justice to it. This book is a much-enlarged follow-up to the 2005 Collins Guide by Compagno, Fowler and Dando but with a completely fresh set of illustrations. The text, too, is all that it should be: concise, authoritative, easy to use, and richly, almost extravagantly, illustrated. The book is clearly a labour of love. […] This is a guide of surpassing quality but one you may have missed since only a minority of bookshops are likely to stock it. It is a work of reference rather than a ‘field’ guide – this is not a book you are likely to take to the beach – and as such it is a standard-setter. Its authors and artist should be very proud of it, and sharkwatchers everywhere mightily pleased.”
– Peter Marren, British Wildlife 25(4), April 2014

Authors: David A. Ebert, Sarah Fowler and Leonard Compagno
Illustrator: Marc Dando
Publication date: 31 July 2013
ISBN 9780957394605
Extent: 528pp
Size: 215mm x 229mm

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Weight 1.95 kg
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reviews for Sharks of the World – A fully illustrated guide

  1. Luis O. Lucifora
    5 out of 5

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    This is the most comprehensive synthesis on shark diversity currently available, with accounts for each known species, excelent chapters on, anatomy, biology and conservation, and profusely illustrated with realistic line and color drawings, photographs and maps. An obligate reading for anyone with an interest in sharks.

  2. Toño Maño
    5 out of 5

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    I got my copy. Apart from its evident scientific value, the guide is absolutely beautiful and designed with the best taste: pictures, text, maps… I really loved it.
    I only missed one thing, which, in my opinion, should be corrected in next editions: a complete list of species.
    Congratulations for this extraordinary work.

  3. Laith A. Jawad
    5 out of 5

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