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

Web site: Jacana Media

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

Killer Whale - Page: 16
Humpback Whale - Page: 16
Common Dolphin - Page: 16
Bottlenosed Dolphin - Page: 16
Indian Humpback Dolphin - Page: 16
Cape Fur Seal - Page: 18
Southern Right Whale - Page: 18
Cape Clawless Otter - Page: 18
Sperm Whale - Page: 18
Loggerhead Sea Turtle - Page: 22
Green Sea Turtle - Page: 22
Yellow-bellied Sea Snake - Page: 22
Leatherback Sea Turtle - Page: 22
Whale Shark - Page: 26
Scalloped Hammerhead Shark - Page: 26
Great White Shark - Page: 26
Pyjama catshark or Striped catshark - Page: 26
Ragged-tooth shark or Spotted ragged-tooth shark - Page: 26
Copper Shark - Page: 26
Zambezi or Bull Shark - Page: 26
Sharpnose Stingray - Page: 28
Honeycomb Stingray - Page: 28
Lesser Sandshark or Lesser Guitarfish - Page: 28
Smalltooth Sawfish - Page: 28
Tiger Shark - Page: 28
Blue Stingray - Page: 28
Sardine - Page: 30
Spotted Eagle Ray - Page: 30
Bullray - Page: 30
Estuarine Round-Herring - Page: 30
Floral Moray - Page: 30
Honeycomb Moray Eel - Page: 30
Ox-eye Tarpon - Page: 32
Cape Silverside - Page: 32
Cape Anchovy - Page: 32
Kingklip - Page: 32
White Seacatfish - Page: 32
Shallow-water Hake - Page: 32
Knysna Seahorse - Page: 34
Stonefish - Page: 34
Razorfish - Page: 34
Devil Firefish - Page: 34
Raggy Scorpionfish - Page: 34
Spotted Grunter - Page: 36
Sea Goldie - Page: 36
Coral Rockcod - Page: 36
Catface Rockcod - Page: 36
Yellowbelly Rockcod - Page: 36
White Stumpnose - Page: 38
Pinky - Page: 38
Natal Stumpnose - Page: 38
Cape Stumpnose - Page: 38
Red Roman - Page: 38
Blue Emperor - Page: 38
White Steenbras - Page: 40
Blacktail Seabream - Page: 40
Seventy-four - Page: 40
Hottentot - Page: 40
Red Steenbras - Page: 40
Strepie - Page: 40
Zebra Seabream - Page: 40
Black Musselcracker - Page: 42
Bronze Bream - Page: 42
White Musselcracker - Page: 42
Slinger - Page: 42
Carpenter - Page: 42
Dageraad - Page: 42
Galjoen - Page: 44
Slender Baardman - Page: 44
Dusky Kob - Page: 44
Stonebream - Page: 44
Geelbek - Page: 44
Doublesash Butterflyfish - Page: 46
Moorish Idol - Page: 46
Raccoon Butterflyfish - Page: 46
Threadfin Butterflyfish - Page: 46
Limespot Butterflyfish - Page: 46
Emperor Angelfish - Page: 46
Old Woman - Page: 46
Garrick - Page: 48
Cape Yellowtail - Page: 48
Cape Moony - Page: 48
Giant Kingfish - Page: 48
African Pompano - Page: 48
Snoek - Page: 50
Shad - Page: 50
Eastern Little Tuna - Page: 50
Largespotted Pompano - Page: 50
Wahoo - Page: 50
Dorado - Page: 50
Yellowfin Tuna - Page: 52
Black Marlin - Page: 52
King Mackerel - Page: 52
Queen Mackerel - Page: 52
Sailfish - Page: 52
Goldbar Wrasse - Page: 54
Shark Ramora - Page: 54
Spot Damsel - Page: 54
Sergeant Major - Page: 54
Twotone Fingerfin - Page: 54
Bluestreak Cleaner Wrasse - Page: 54
Flathead Mullet - Page: 56
Blacksaddle Goatfish - Page: 56
Twobar Clownfish - Page: 56
Ember Parrotfish - Page: 56
Convict Surgeon - Page: 58
Knysna Sandgoby - Page: 58
Powder-blue Surgeonfish - Page: 58
Super Klipfish - Page: 58
Maned Blenny - Page: 58
Mudskipper - Page: 58
Evileyed Puffer - Page: 60
East Coast Sole - Page: 60
Cape Sole - Page: 60
Clown Triggerfish - Page: 60
Boxy - Page: 60
Green Zoanthid - Page: 64
Squat Sandy Zoanthid - Page: 64
False Plum Anemone - Page: 64
Natal Anemone - Page: 64
Encrusting Turret-sponge - Page: 64
Plum Anemone - Page: 64
Toothed Feather-hydroid - Page: 66
Knob-horned Coral - Page: 66
Honeycomb-corals - Page: 66
Root-mouthed Jellyfish - Page: 66
Comb Jelly - Page: 66
Thistle Soft-corals - Page: 66
Feathery Sea Pen - Page: 66
Fleshy Soft Coral - Page: 66
Bloodworm - Page: 68
Portuguese Man-of-War - Page: 68
Raft Hydroid - Page: 68
Mussel Worm - Page: 68
By-the-wind Sailor - Page: 68
Feather-duster Worm - Page: 68
Cape Reef-worm - Page: 68
Pink Prawn - Page: 70
Cape Rock Lobster - Page: 70
Mole Crab - Page: 70
East Coast Rock Lobster - Page: 70
Estuarine Mud Prawn - Page: 70
Knysna Crab - Page: 72
Natal Lightfoot Crab - Page: 72
Crown Crab - Page: 72
Cape Rock Crab - Page: 72
Marsh Crab - Page: 72
Three-spot Swimming Crab - Page: 72
Pink Ghost Crab - Page: 72
Common Sand Hermit Crab - Page: 72
Common Shore Crab - Page: 72
Sea-slater - Page: 74
Wide-foot Beach Louse - Page: 74
Yellow-rimmed Goose Barnacle - Page: 74
Eight-shell Barnacle - Page: 74
Seaweed Amphipod - Page: 74
Beach Hopper - Page: 74
Rosy Valcano Barnacle - Page: 74
Black Mussel - Page: 76
White Mussel or Wedge Shell - Page: 76
Horse Mussel - Page: 76
Brown Mussel - Page: 76
Scrolled False Coral - Page: 76
Mediterranean Mussel - Page: 76
Spiny Chiton - Page: 78
Giant Chiton or Armadillo - Page: 78
Pencil Bait - Page: 78
Cape Rock Oyster - Page: 78
Angular Surf Clam - Page: 78
Smooth Trough Shell - Page: 78
Natal Rock Oyster - Page: 78
Lustrous Limpet - Page: 80
Goats Eye Limpet - Page: 80
Ducks Foot or Long-spined Limpet - Page: 80
Pink-rayed Limpet - Page: 80
Pear Limpet - Page: 80
Cape False Limpet - Page: 80
Variable Limpet - Page: 80
Koedoesberg war memorial - Page: 82
Slipper Limpet - Page: 82
Saddle Shaped Keyhole Limpet - Page: 82
Variegated Topshell - Page: 82
Smooth Turban Shell - Page: 82
African Periwinkle - Page: 82
Alikreukel or Giant Turban - Page: 82
Pink-lipped Topshell - Page: 82
Pubescent Burnupena - Page: 84
Pleated Plough Shell - Page: 84
Finger Plough Shell - Page: 84
Tick Shell - Page: 84
Furry-ridged Triton - Page: 84
Threaded Screw Shell - Page: 84
Scaly Dogwhelk - Page: 84
Arabic Cowrie - Page: 86
Coral nudibranch - Page: 86
Spotted Sea Hare - Page: 86
Bubble Raft Shell or Violet Snail - Page: 86
Mottled Necklace Shell - Page: 86
Common Octopus - Page: 88
Red Starfish - Page: 88
Common Cuttlefish - Page: 88
Chokka or Calimari - Page: 88
Rams Horn Shell - Page: 88
Spiny Starfish - Page: 90
Dwarf Cushion Star - Page: 90
Hairy Brittlestar - Page: 90
Oval Urchin - Page: 90
Crown-of-thorns Starfish - Page: 90
Cape Urchin - Page: 92
Pansy Shell Urchin - Page: 92
Red Bait - Page: 92
Heart Urchin - Page: 92
Tufted Sea Cucumber - Page: 92
Grey-headed Gull - Page: 96
Caspian Tern - Page: 96
Hartlaubs Gull - Page: 96
Common Tern - Page: 96
Cape Gannet - Page: 96
African Penguin - Page: 96
Kelp Gull - Page: 98
Giant Kingfisher - Page: 98
Pied Kingfisher - Page: 98
African Fish-Eagle - Page: 98
Swift Tern - Page: 98
Osprey - Page: 98
White-fronted Plover - Page: 100
Ruff - Page: 100
Ruddy Turnstone - Page: 100
Common Whimbrel - Page: 100
Sanderling - Page: 100
Pied Avocet - Page: 100
African Black Oystercatcher - Page: 100
African Pied Wagtail - Page: 100
Wood Sandpiper - Page: 102
Little Egret - Page: 102
Grey Heron - Page: 102
Cape Cormorant - Page: 102
Great White Pelican - Page: 102
Goliath Heron - Page: 102
White-breasted Cormorant - Page: 102
Coast Silver-oak - Page: 106
Black Mangrove - Page: 106
Coastal Strelitzia - Page: 106
White Mangrove - Page: 106
Camphor Bush - Page: 106
Red Mangrove - Page: 106
Dune Poison-bush - Page: 108
White Milkwood - Page: 108
Large-leaved Dragon-tree - Page: 108
Dune Guarri - Page: 108
Coastal Red-milkwood - Page: 108
Waxy Currant-rhus - Page: 108
Natal Plum - Page: 110
Bush Tickberry - Page: 110
Strand Aloe - Page: 110
Krantz Aloe - Page: 110
Dune Crow-berry - Page: 110
Cross-berry Raisin - Page: 110
Coast Olive - Page: 110
Dune Waxberry - Page: 110
Natal Dune Vygie - Page: 112
Matting Rush - Page: 112
Bulrush - Page: 112
Common Reed - Page: 112
Common Gazania - Page: 112
Hottentot Sourfig (see 28893) - Page: 112
Beach Bean - Page: 112
Coastal Buffalo Grass - Page: 112
Christmas Berry - Page: 112
Purple Senecio - Page: 114
Dune Ehrharta - Page: 114
Salt Marsh Plant - Page: 114
Glasswort Samphire - Page: 114
Cape Eelgrass - Page: 114
Sea Pumpkin - Page: 114
Sea Lavender - Page: 114
Beach Plakkie - Page: 114
Soutbossie - Page: 114
Saw-edged Jelly-weed - Page: 116
Different-leafed Sargassum - Page: 116
Strap Caulerpa - Page: 116
Split-fan Kelp - Page: 116
Sea Lettuce - Page: 116
Coralline Algae - Page: 116
Wedge Weed - Page: 116
Turkey-tail - Page: 116

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