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Marine Life

Identification Guides


December 2008
(251) 460-7025

The following is a specialized list of library materials - see the Marine Sciences guide for journals and books on other aspects of Marine Sciences. Please consult a reference librarian, call 460-7025, or e-mail webref@southalabama.edu for help in locating additional materials.


Beachcomber’s Guide to Gulf Coast Marine Life: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.
Bookshelves QL 134 .F66 1989
Dangerous Sea Life of the West Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Bookstacks QL 100 .I93 2006
Encyclopedia of Tidepools and Rocky Shores. Bookstacks QH 541.5 .S35 E53 2007
Field Guide to the Southeast Coast & Gulf of Mexico : Coastal Habitats, Seabirds, Marine Mammals, Fish, & Other Wildlife
Bookstacks QL 157 .S68 P76 2011
Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. Reference QL 7 .G7813 2004
Guide to Marine Life: Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida.  Reference QL 134.5 .S59 1996
Gulf Coast Seashore Life: An Introduction to Familiar Plants and Animals.
Ready Reference QH 104.5 .G84 K38 2001
Poisonous, Venomous, and Electric Marine Organisms of the Atlantic Coast, Gulf of Mexico, and the
Caribbean. Bookstacks QL 100 .L36 1997
Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas. Reference QL 125 .H86 1992
Reef Life : A Guide to Tropical Marine Life. Bookstacks QL 125 .C65 2013
SeaLife: A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment.  Reference QL 121 .S42 1996
Texas Coral Reefs. Bookstacks H 92.3 .C67 2008


Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates. Bookstacks QL 151 .E36 2001
Encyclopedia of Marine Invertebrates.  Reference QL 360 .E53 1982
Manual of Marine Invertebrates.  Bookstacks SF 457.1 .H39 1989
Manual of the Common Invertebrate Animals, Exclusive of Insects. Reference QL 362 .P7 1935
Sea Stars, Sea Urchins and Allies: Echinoderms of Florida and the Caribbean
Reference QL 383.1 .U6 S43 1995
Seashore Animals of the Southeast: A Guide to Common Shallow-water Invertebrates
of the Southeastern Atlantic Coast.  Bookstacks QL 135 .R87 1988
Angler’s Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Bookstacks QL 621.56 .H67 2000
Catalog of Freshwater and Marine Fishes of Alabama.  Reference QL 628 .A2 B6 1992
Coral Reef Fishes: Indo-Pacific and Caribbean.  Reference QL 621.58 .L54 2002
Dr. Bob Shipp's Guide to Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Reference QL 621.56 .S57 2012
Encyclopedia of Fishes. Reference QL 614.7 .E535 1998
Fisheries of North America: An Illustrated Guide to Commercial Species. Bookstacks SH 219 .R57 2006
Fishes of Alabama. Reference QL 628 .A2 B67 2004
Fishes of Alabama and the Mobile Basin.  Reference QL 628 .A2 M47 1996
Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico. Reference QL 621.56 .M383 1998
Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, and Adjacent Waters. Reference QL 621.56 .H63 1998
Illustrated World Encyclopedia of Marine Fishes & Sea Creatures. Reference QL 121 .B44 2007
National Audubon Society Field Guide to Tropical Marine Fishes of the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico,
Florida, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. Reference QL 637.5 .S55 1997
Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas.  Reference QL 125 .H87 1996
Reef Fishes: A Guide to Their Identification, Behavior, and Captive Care. Reference QL 620 .M47 1998
Sharks, Skates, and Rays of the Gulf of Mexico: A Field Guide. Bookstacks QL 638.9 .P37 2006


Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Reference QL 701.2 .E53 2002
Field Guide to Whales, Porpoises, and Seals. Reference QL 737 .C4 K28 1993
Guide to Marine Mammals and Turtles of the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.                        
Reference LD 4706 .R56 W9 1999
Guide to Marine Mammals of the World. Bookstacks QL 713.2 .N37 2002
Manatees and Dugongs of the World. Bookstacks QL 737 .S6 R56 1999
Marine Mammals of the Gulf of Mexico. Bookstacks QL 713.2 .W87 2000
Marine Mammals of the World: A Comprehensive Guide to Their Identification.  
Reference QL 713.2 .J44 2008
Pinnipeds: Seals, Sea Lions, and Walruses.  Bookstacks QL 737 .P6 R54 1990
Sierra Club Handbook of Seals and Sirenians.  Reference QL 737 .P6 R44 1992
Walker's Marine Mammals of the World. Bookstacks QL 713.2 .N69 2003
Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises.   Bookstacks Oversize Area QL 737 .C4 W4425 1995
Whales of  the World.  Bookstacks QL 737 .C4 C55 1997


Birds of the Gulf Coast. Bookstacks QL 683 .G85 M55 2001
Birds of the Wetlands. Bookstacks QL 673 .H26 1999
Birder’s Guide to Alabama and Mississippi.  Reference QL 684 .A2 V38 1994
Field Guide to the Birds of Eastern and Central North America. Bookstacks QL 681 .P45 2002
Photographic Guide to the Shorebirds of the World. Reference QL 696 .C4 R67 1995
Seabirds:  An Identification Guide. Reference QL 673 .H29 1983
Seabirds of the World: The Complete Reference. Reference QL 678.52 .E58 1997
Shorebirds: An Identification Guide to the Waders of the World.  Reference QL 696 .C4 .H39 1986
Shorebirds of North America, Europe and Asia: A Guide to Field Identification.
Bookstacks QL 681 .M47 2005
Waterfowl: An Identification Guide to the Ducks, Geese, and Swans of the World.
Reference QL 696 .A52 M33 1988


Amphibians: The World of Frogs, Toads, Salamanders, and Newts. Bookstacks QL 641 .A4713 2000
Caribbean Amphibians and Reptiles. Bookstacks QL 656 .A1 C375 1999
Catalogue of American Amphibians and Reptiles.  Reference QL 651 .A55 [serial]
Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians.  Reference QL 641 .E53 1998
Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians: Eastern and Central North America
Reference QL 651 .C65 1991
Reptiles and Amphibians of Alabama.  Reference QL 653 .A2 M68 1996
Reptiles of North America: A Guide to Field Identification. Bookstacks QL 651 .S59 2001
Sea Snakes. Bookstacks QL 666 .O645 H43 1999
Turtles of the United States and Canada.  Reference QL 666 .C5 E76 1994


Aquatic and Wetland Plants of the Western Gulf Coast. Bookstacks QK 125.8 .S78 1999
Coastal Plants from Cape Cod to Cape Canaveral. Bookstacks QK 122 .S78 2000
Marine Plants of the Caribbean: A Field Guide from Florida to Brazil
Reference QK 572.2 .A1 M37 1989
Reef Coral Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas, Including Marine Plants.  
Reference QL 125 .H85 1994
Seagrasses. Bookstacks QK 495 .A14 S435 2006
Seashore Plants of South Florida and the Caribbean.  Reference QK 154 .N43 1994
Seaweeds of the Southeastern United States: Cape Hatteras to Cape Canaveral.                                           
Bookstacks QK 571.5 .S68 S36 1991
Smithsonian Guide to Seaside Plants of the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts. Reference QK 122 .D86 1987


Catalog of Fishes. http://research.calacademy.org/ichthyology/catalog
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. http://www.redlist.org/
Sea World/Busch Gardens Animals - Animal Information. http://www.seaworld.org/animal-info/index.htm
Marine Sciences Internet Resources. http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/guides/marsci.htm



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