The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

The Coastal Guide of South Africa

Cover of The Coastal Guide of South Africa

Author: Jacana Media

Number of pages: 130

Year published: 2007

Edition: 1st

Published by: Jacana Media

Softcover

ISBN: 978 1 77009 248 8

The Wildebeest's Review of The Coastal Guide of South Africa

The Wildebeest reviewing a book

The Coastal Guide of South Africa is a bright, colourful guide to some of the mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, invertebrates, and plants that one might encounter along the extensive shoreline of South Africa. It also includes a section on marine and fishing regulations.

When I see a book with a title such as “The Coastal Guide of South Africa” I think that it is a book that I can take to the beach and identify some of the creatures and plants that I might encounter. I must admit that it doesn’t entirely meet that criteria. It is only 130 pages in length and is therefore restricted in the number of species that can be included. Of these 35 pages are devoted to fish which one is very unlikely to see, from the beach at least, and a further 25 pages to the introductory topics, regulations and index.

The artwork, by Sally MacLarty and Penny Noall, is attractive and gives accurate depictions of the animals and plants that I am familiar with. The text is brief but does give key information about each species. I feel that small distribution maps could have been included instead of using terms such as “north, south and east”.

Apart from the above criticisms I do like this book and would recommend that you buy a copy if you find it in a second-hand bookstore or flea market. Take it to the beach with you on your next seaside holiday.


Some of the subjects in this publication

Bottlenosed Dolphin - Page: 16
Humpback Whale - Page: 16
Common Dolphin - Page: 16
Killer Whale - Page: 16
Indian Humpback Dolphin - Page: 16
Cape Clawless Otter - Page: 18
Cape Fur Seal - Page: 18
Southern Right Whale - Page: 18
Sperm Whale - Page: 18
Green Sea Turtle - Page: 22
Yellow-bellied Sea Snake - Page: 22
Loggerhead Sea Turtle - Page: 22
Leatherback Sea Turtle - Page: 22
Ragged-tooth shark or Spotted ragged-tooth shark - Page: 26
Whale Shark - Page: 26
Zambezi or Bull Shark - Page: 26
Copper Shark - Page: 26
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark - Page: 26
Great White Shark - Page: 26
Pyjama catshark or Striped catshark - Page: 26
Honeycomb Stingray - Page: 28
Lesser Sandshark or Lesser Guitarfish - Page: 28
Blue Stingray - Page: 28
Tiger Shark - Page: 28
Smalltooth Sawfish - Page: 28
Sharpnose Stingray - Page: 28
Honeycomb Moray Eel - Page: 30
Estuarine Round-Herring - Page: 30
Floral Moray - Page: 30
Bullray - Page: 30
Sardine - Page: 30
Spotted Eagle Ray - Page: 30
White Seacatfish - Page: 32
Cape Silverside - Page: 32
Shallow-water Hake - Page: 32
Cape Anchovy - Page: 32
Kingklip - Page: 32
Ox-eye Tarpon - Page: 32
Razorfish - Page: 34
Devil Firefish - Page: 34
Raggy Scorpionfish - Page: 34
Knysna Seahorse - Page: 34
Stonefish - Page: 34
Yellowbelly Rockcod - Page: 36
Sea Goldie - Page: 36
Catface Rockcod - Page: 36
Coral Rockcod - Page: 36
Spotted Grunter - Page: 36
Cape Stumpnose - Page: 38
Pinky - Page: 38
Natal Stumpnose - Page: 38
Red Roman - Page: 38
Blue Emperor - Page: 38
White Stumpnose - Page: 38
Hottentot - Page: 40
Blacktail Seabream - Page: 40
Seventy-four - Page: 40
Strepie - Page: 40
Zebra Seabream - Page: 40
Red Steenbras - Page: 40
White Steenbras - Page: 40
Bronze Bream - Page: 42
Carpenter - Page: 42
Black Musselcracker - Page: 42
Dageraad - Page: 42
Slinger - Page: 42
White Musselcracker - Page: 42
Stonebream - Page: 44
Geelbek - Page: 44
Slender Baardman - Page: 44
Galjoen - Page: 44
Dusky Kob - Page: 44
Limespot Butterflyfish - Page: 46
Moorish Idol - Page: 46
Emperor Angelfish - Page: 46
Raccoon Butterflyfish - Page: 46
Threadfin Butterflyfish - Page: 46
Old Woman - Page: 46
Doublesash Butterflyfish - Page: 46
African Pompano - Page: 48
Giant Kingfish - Page: 48
Cape Moony - Page: 48
Garrick - Page: 48
Cape Yellowtail - Page: 48
Wahoo - Page: 50
Largespotted Pompano - Page: 50
Shad - Page: 50
Dorado - Page: 50
Eastern Little Tuna - Page: 50
Snoek - Page: 50
Black Marlin - Page: 52
Sailfish - Page: 52
Queen Mackerel - Page: 52
King Mackerel - Page: 52
Yellowfin Tuna - Page: 52
Shark Ramora - Page: 54
Sergeant Major - Page: 54
Goldbar Wrasse - Page: 54
Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse - Page: 54
Twotone Fingerfin - Page: 54
Spot Damsel - Page: 54
Blacksaddle Goatfish (see 17148) - Page: 56
Ember Parrotfish - Page: 56
Twobar Clownfish - Page: 56
Flathead Mullet - Page: 56
Convict Surgeon - Page: 58
Mudskipper - Page: 58
Knysna Sandgoby - Page: 58
Powder-blue Surgeonfish - Page: 58
Super Klipfish - Page: 58
Maned Blenny - Page: 58
Cape Sole - Page: 60
Clown Triggerfish - Page: 60
Boxy - Page: 60
Evileyed Puffer - Page: 60
East Coast Sole - Page: 60
Squat Sandy Zoanthid - Page: 64
Green Zoanthid - Page: 64
Plum Anemone - Page: 64
Encrusting Turret-sponge - Page: 64
Natal Anemone - Page: 64
False Plum Anemone - Page: 64
Toothed Feather-hydroid - Page: 66
Root-mouthed Jellyfish - Page: 66
Fleshy Soft Coral - Page: 66
Comb Jelly - Page: 66
Honeycomb-corals - Page: 66
Feathery Sea Pen - Page: 66
Knob-horned Coral - Page: 66
Thistle Soft-corals - Page: 66
Raft Hydroid - Page: 68
Bloodworm - Page: 68
Mussel Worm - Page: 68
Feather-duster Worm - Page: 68
Cape Reef-worm - Page: 68
By-the-wind Sailor - Page: 68
Portuguese Man-of-War - Page: 68
Estuarine Mud Prawn - Page: 70
East Coast Rock Lobster - Page: 70
Mole Crab - Page: 70
Pink Prawn - Page: 70
Cape Rock Lobster - Page: 70
Three-spot Swimming Crab - Page: 72
Common Shore Crab - Page: 72
Cape Rock Crab - Page: 72
Pink Ghost Crab - Page: 72
Crown Crab - Page: 72
Marsh Crab - Page: 72
Common Sand Hermit Crab - Page: 72
Natal Lightfoot Crab - Page: 72
Knysna Crab - Page: 72
Beach Hopper - Page: 74
Wide-foot Beach Louse - Page: 74
Seaweed Amphipod - Page: 74
Yellow-rimmed Goose Barnacle - Page: 74
Sea-slater - Page: 74
Rosy Valcano Barnacle - Page: 74
Eight-shell Barnacle - Page: 74
White Mussel or Wedge Shell - Page: 76
Scrolled False Coral - Page: 76
Mediterranean Mussel - Page: 76
Brown Mussel - Page: 76
Horse Mussel - Page: 76
Black Mussel - Page: 76
Angular Surf Clam - Page: 78
Natal Rock Oyster - Page: 78
Cape Rock Oyster - Page: 78
Smooth Trough Shell - Page: 78
Giant Chiton or Armadillo - Page: 78
Spiny Chiton - Page: 78
Pencil Bait - Page: 78
Variable Limpet - Page: 80
Ducks Foot or Long-spined Limpet - Page: 80
Lustrous Limpet - Page: 80
Pink-rayed Limpet - Page: 80
Goats Eye Limpet - Page: 80
Cape False Limpet - Page: 80
Pear Limpet - Page: 80
Koedoesberg war memorial - Page: 82
Saddle Shaped Keyhole Limpet - Page: 82
Slipper Limpet - Page: 82
Variegated Topshell - Page: 82
African Periwinkle - Page: 82
Alikreukel or Giant Turban - Page: 82
Smooth Turban Shell - Page: 82
Pink-lipped Topshell - Page: 82
Threaded Screw Shell - Page: 84
Pubescent Burnupena - Page: 84
Pleated Plough Shell - Page: 84
Finger Plough Shell - Page: 84
Tick Shell - Page: 84
Furry-ridged Triton - Page: 84
Scaly Dogwhelk - Page: 84
Mottled Necklace Shell - Page: 86
Bubble Raft Shell or Violet Snail - Page: 86
Coral nudibranch - Page: 86
Spotted Sea Hare - Page: 86
Arabic Cowrie - Page: 86
Common Cuttlefish - Page: 88
Chokka or Calimari - Page: 88
Red Starfish - Page: 88
Rams Horn Shell - Page: 88
Common Octopus - Page: 88
Hairy Brittlestar - Page: 90
Oval Urchin - Page: 90
Crown-of-thorns Starfish - Page: 90
Dwarf Cushion Star - Page: 90
Spiny Starfish - Page: 90
Pansy Shell Urchin - Page: 92
Red Bait - Page: 92
Tufted Sea Cucumber - Page: 92
Heart Urchin - Page: 92
Cape Urchin - Page: 92
Cape Gannet - Page: 96
African Penguin - Page: 96
Grey-headed Gull - Page: 96
Common Tern - Page: 96
Hartlaubs Gull - Page: 96
Caspian Tern - Page: 96
African Fish-Eagle - Page: 98
Pied Kingfisher - Page: 98
Giant Kingfisher - Page: 98
Osprey - Page: 98
Swift Tern - Page: 98
Kelp Gull - Page: 98
African Pied Wagtail - Page: 100
White-fronted Plover - Page: 100
Pied Avocet - Page: 100
African Black Oystercatcher - Page: 100
Common Whimbrel - Page: 100
Ruddy Turnstone - Page: 100
Sanderling - Page: 100
Ruff - Page: 100
Goliath Heron - Page: 102
White-breasted Cormorant - Page: 102
Great White Pelican - Page: 102
Cape Cormorant - Page: 102
Grey Heron - Page: 102
Little Egret - Page: 102
Wood Sandpiper - Page: 102
Coastal Strelitzia - Page: 106
White Mangrove - Page: 106
Black Mangrove - Page: 106
Coast Silver-oak - Page: 106
Red Mangrove - Page: 106
Camphor Bush - Page: 106
Dune Poison-bush - Page: 108
Waxy Currant-rhus - Page: 108
Dune Guarri - Page: 108
Coastal Red-milkwood - Page: 108
White Milkwood - Page: 108
Large-leaved Dragon-tree - Page: 108
Natal Plum - Page: 110
Krantz Aloe - Page: 110
Cross-berry Raisin - Page: 110
Dune Crow-berry - Page: 110
Strand Aloe - Page: 110
Bush Tickberry - Page: 110
Coast Olive - Page: 110
Dune Waxberry - Page: 110
Matting Rush - Page: 112
Bulrush - Page: 112
Natal Dune Vygie - Page: 112
Beach Bean - Page: 112
Coastal Buffalo Grass - Page: 112
Christmas Berry - Page: 112
Common Gazania - Page: 112
Hottentot Sourfig - Page: 112
Common Reed - Page: 112
Dune Ehrharta - Page: 114
Cape Eelgrass - Page: 114
Soutbossie - Page: 114
Glasswort Samphire - Page: 114
Beach Plakkie - Page: 114
Salt Marsh Plant - Page: 114
Sea Pumpkin - Page: 114
Sea Lavender - Page: 114
Purple Senecio - Page: 114
Turkey-tail - Page: 116
Wedge Weed - Page: 116
Sea Lettuce - Page: 116
Coralline Algae - Page: 116
Split-fan Kelp - Page: 116
Different-leafed Sargassum - Page: 116
Saw-edged Jelly-weed - Page: 116
Strap Caulerpa - Page: 116

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