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About John E. Randall and "Shore Fishes of Hawaii"
"There are living giants in every field of science, and Dr. John F. Randall of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Hawaii and the Bishop Museum reigns in ichthyology, the study of fishes.
No one has more knowledge or experience concerning the fishes of tropical seas. Drawing on his knowledge of Hawaiian fishes and his skill as a fish photographer, he has produced this compact guidebook on the shore fishes of Hawaii. It covers 342 species, hence virtually all that a snorkeler or SCUBA diver might see in the Hawaiian Islands.
Each species is illustrated in color. When there is difference in color of the sexes, as often in the wrasses and parrotfishes, or when a juvenile is very different in color, all stages are portrayed. I have no doubt that this book will long serve as the premier guide to the reef and shore fishes of Hawaii.
"Several books have appeared in recent years on Hawaiian marine life, but none have been written by a scientist. Now, at last, we have a book on the inshore fishes of Hawaii written by an ichthyologist who has long studied Hawaiian fishes, Dr. John F. Randall (Jack to his many friends). After getting a BS degree in zoology from UCLA in 1950 and earning Phi Beta Kappa, Jack sailed his 37-foot ketch to Hawaii for doctoral study at the University of Hawaii.
His first academic position was Assistant Professor at the Marine Laboratory of the University of Miami; four years later he moved to the University of Puerto Rico as Professor of Zoology and Director of the Institute of Marine Biology. He returned to Hawaii in 1965 as Director of the Oceanic Institute; a year later he shifted to the University of Hawaii and the Bishop Museum.
In his long career Jack has published eight guidebooks on fishes and 480 scientific papers and semipopular articles, mostly on fishes. He has described 17 new genera and 370 species of fishes, including 35 from the Hawaiian Islands. Clearly, no one is better qualified to write a book on the fish Animals of Hawaii. This book was not written for the professional marine biologist, but for the snorkeler, diver, fisherman, and aquarist. ln a convenient small size, it provides superb color illustrations and brief species accounts of 342 fishes.
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