NOW IN ENGLISH WE PRESENT THE ONLY GUIDE TO MARINE FISHES OF THE BRAZILIAN COAST

Simultaneously with the 4th edition of the work in Portuguese, completely reformulated and updated. The author fills a fundamental gap in the knowledge of fish worldwide. This is the first large-scale work that allows the identification of more than 1,000 species of coastal marine fish along the Brazilian coast, from the Guianas to Argentina.

The Book

TARGETS AND ABOUT

“Fishes of the Brazilian Coast is an unusual book, as it targets amateur fishermen and people attracted to our rich fish fauna, as well as professional ichthyologists.” – Prof. Ivan Sazima – Professor emeritus – Museu de Diversidade Biológica, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

PROFESSIONAL
ICHTHYOLOGISTS

FISHING
TACKLE & BAITS

TASTE
EDIBILITY

OVER 30 YEARS OF UPDATING

Author´s words:

This edition of Fishes of the Brazilian Coast, altogether with the reviewed and updated Portuguese fourth edition of Peixes, Costa Brasileira, comes from my passionate necessity of sharing and talking about the Brazilian marine coastal fish, collaborating to its knowledge.

This work results from six decades of research efforts inside and outside water, alone or in good company, visiting museums, fishing boats, reefs, libraries, rocky shores, aquaria, oceanic islands, mangroves, beaches, and taking a lot of fruitful discussions, stories, experiences and opinions from scientists, fishermen and travels in internet, around our coast and overseas in Americas, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Anyway, the book represents the final presentation of many observations and questions, from the most careful to the most preposterous, and it gave rise from my wish of exploring and understanding our Blue Amazon, the Marine Brazil.

THE BLUE AMAZON

ANOTHER COUNTRY IN THE ATLANTIC

Throughout our history, the sea has been a hurdle to overcome, a path to be followed, a bond between the nature and our very existence. The first occupation of Brazilian territory by Europeans began from the coastline, where they found our longstanding indigenous civilizations. From the Treaty of Tordesillas to Contemporary History, a brand-new country has been created bit by bit, in mathematical fashion: the Marine Brazil, the Blue Amazon.

Regarding only the fishes, which are present in the planet since 400 million years ago, at least 2,150 species are reported from Blue Amazon. Given that to May 2023, about 18.000 marine fish species have been described, it means that at least 12% of all this diversity lives therein … and dozens are yet to be discovered!

The Author

ALFREDO CARVALHO-FILHO

Or just “Alfie” as known in the scientific world of fish, is a successful ichthyologist and publicist. Being graduated in Biology and Marketing, he worked for 55 years in the marketing, commercialization and new business departments of Jovem Pan Radio Network, Record Tv Network, SBT TV Network, Band TV Network, Silvio Santos Group and SportPromotion Sports Marketing. Besides a communication professional, he is also a lecturer, editor, independent diver with 2000 hour of diving, and author of the most important book on marine fish in Brazil, “Peixes, Costa Brasileira”, the first edition published in 1992.

He has more than 200 publications including articles, scientific papers, chapters of books and 15 descriptions of new species of marine fish, in addition to 3 other books: “Grandes Peixes Oceânicos da Costa Brasileira” ( Large Oceanic Fishes of the Brazilian Coast, 2020), “Peixes Teleósteos da Costa Norte do Brasil” (Teleost Fishes from the North Coast of Brazil, 2021, prize for best book in Natural and Mathematical Sciences from the Brazilian Association of University Publishers), and “Peixes Recifais Brasileiros” (Brazilian Reef Fishes, in press).

Since 2009, he has participated in the Workshops for the Assessment of the State of Conservation of Marine Actinopterygii Species at the Chico Mendes Institute for Biodiversity Conservation and gives lectures on Communications. Ichthyology and, among these, the one entitled “Biology and Marketing”, with two disciplines so diverse gathered in a single presentation!

THE BRAZILIAN COAST

This book provides a comprehensive summary of information about the world of Brazilian shore fishes.

EXPLORING THE RICH
VARIETY MORE THAN

1,000

SPECIES

DIVERSE ECOSYSTEMS
THAT EXTEND ALONG

9,000

KILOMETERS

SHALLOWEST REEF HABITATS
TO DEPTHS OF

200

METERS

TWO BOOK FORMATS FOR YOUR CHOICE!

PHYSICAL

$120.00

DIGITAL (eBook)

$30.00

Testimonials

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT BOOK

D. Ross Robertson

Smithsonian Tropical
Research Institute

This book provides a comprehensive summary of information about the world of Brazilian shore fishes. Although this English-language edition of the book is targeted mainly to English speaking marine-fish biologists, it will also be of great use to anglers and nature enthusiasts who don’t speak Portuguese. This work will provide readers with a comprehensive and detailed overview of the many different species that make up this unique regional fauna. Most fish species have one or more photos and its diagnostic features are described in sufficient detail, together with information on its habitat, behavior, geographical distribution, common English and Portuguese names and features that allow it to be distinguished from similar species. The large (1000+ entries) literature section is divided into sources of basic ichthyological information, general taxonomic sources that cover multiple families and sources for each family. I can enthusiastically recommend this one. The simultaneous release of a companion ebook will greatly increase portability of its contents and allow for both regular updates and digital word searches for specific subjects or species.

Fishes of the Brazilian Coast is an unusual book, as it targets amateur fishermen and people attracted to our rich fish fauna, as well as professional ichthyologists. Its dual nature apart, the book achieves its duties to the readers. The amateurs will find the book enjoyable, with its well readable sections complemented with illustrations, and the professionals will find numerous novelties peppered through the text. A book to be enjoyed by varied kinds of readers.
The book has an attractive design. The illustrations are clear enough for most species, and the reader will find them very useful. Information about each species in the book is presented in a precise way. I particularly like the “Habitat and behavior” section, as I am a sucker for natural history. There is a lot of novel information in this section, and both amateurs and professional ichthyologists will benefit from the input. The “Fisheries and edibility” section is a very good idea to put in practice by people who enjoy fishing for sport and recreation, besides the ones that like cooking.
I quote here a phrase that pleased me much and surely will please a good portion of readers as well: “Novelties on the book will be brought each year and an online version will be accessible in “Peixes, Costa Brasileira” or ”Fishes from the Brazilian Coast” website”. There it is! The book is a lifetime achievement.

Prof. Ivan Sazima

Professor emeritus – Museu de
Diversidade Biológica,
Universidade Estadual de
Campinas

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