Guide to the Manta and Devil Rays of the World
Guy Stevens, Daniel Fernando, Marc Dando & Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara
Manta and devil rays are some of the most intriguing creatures in the ocean. Driven forward by powerful beats of wing-like pectoral fins, these filter feeders search the waters for prey, their horn-like head fins giving rise to ancient mariners’ tales of fearsome devilfish dragging boats into the ocean depths. Beloved by scuba divers and marine biologists alike, these impressive animals have never had a comprehensive field guide dedicated to them—until now.
Guide to the Manta and Devil Rays of the World includes detailed information on the identification, characteristics, threats, and distribution for each species in this family. Illustrated with more than 200 color photos, drawings, and plates, this guide also contains an expansive introduction to the general taxonomy, biology, and behavior of these iconic animals. This book will be an essential resource for fisheries management and international trade enforcement, and for anyone involved in ongoing manta and devil ray research and conservation.
- The first dedicated field guide for manta and devil rays
- Exhaustive treatment of every aspect related to their identification and biology
- Filled with 200+ color drawings, photos, and diagrams
Guy Stevens is chief executive and founder of the Manta Trust. Daniel Fernando is associate director of the Manta Trust and cofounder of the Blue Resources Trust. Marc Dando is a scientific illustrator and publisher. His books include Sharks of the World and Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World (both Princeton). Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara is an Italian marine conservation ecologist who has worked for forty years to advance knowledge of marine mammals and cartilaginous fishes.