First published in 1996, this new edition of ""Shore Fishes of Hawai'i"" updates our knowledge of Hawaiian fishes and has been expanded to include 372 species. All are illustrated by the author's 475 superb color photographs. The most important characteristics to identify a fish are given as well as the size attained and its distribution. Each species account begins with the American common name, followed by the Hawaiian name (when known), and the scientific name. Because it is necessary to use some scientific terminology when giving the principal diagnostic characteristics of families or species of fishes and what they eat, a handy glossary appears at the back of the book.
John E. Randall, the foremost authority on coral reef fishes of the world, is ichthyologist emeritus at the Bishop Museum, Honolulu.