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 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

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

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