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Author McKee, David A., 1947-
Title Fishes of the rainbow : Henry Compton's art of the reefs / David A. McKee ; with Larry J. Hyde, Michael Barrett, Jennifer Hardell, Mark Anderson & Aaron Baxter.
Imprint College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2018]
Edition First edition.

Author McKee, David A., 1947-
Series Gulf Coast books ; number thirty-three
Gulf Coast books ; no. 33.
Subject Compton, Henry, 1928-2005.
Coral reef fishes -- Classification.
Coral reef fishes -- Pictorial works.
Marine biologists -- Texas -- Biography.
Marine artists -- Texas -- Biography.
Fishes in art.
Alt Name Anderson, Mark (Mark Wayne),
Hyde, Larry J.,
Compton, Henry, 1928-2005,
Description 1 online resource (200 pages) : color illustrations.
Edition First edition.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: "Fishes of the rainbow" -- Henry Compton -- Life on the reef -- Building blocks of a coral reef -- Formation of a reef community -- Types of reefs -- Zonation of reefs -- Biology of reef fishes -- Light and color -- The art of Hank Compton / by Mark Anderson -- Taxonomic classifications -- Fishes of the rainbow -- Appendix: Digitizing the artwork / by Larry J. Hyde.
Summary "In warm, shallow waters around the world, coral reefs teem with tens of thousands of marine species, including brightly colored and fancifully named fishes--damselffishes, angelfishes, dolphinfishes. Reefs rival rainforests in biodiversity and about a third of the world's marine fish species live part of their lives on coral reefs. In the 1960s, marine biologist Henry "Hank" Compton (1928-2005) of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Rockport Marine Lab participated in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean research cruises on which some of these fishes were collected. A talented artist, Compton painted watercolors based on photographs of collected specimens. He allowed free rein to both his scientific judgment and artistic vision and dubbed this series "Fishes of the Rainbow" because of the tropical fishes' myriad colors and patterns. Along with taxonomic descriptions, Compton wrote imaginative narratives to accompany the paintings, humorous and quirky stories of the fishes in their light-filled, busy, colorful coral worlds. In this follow up to "Fire in the Sea," this book introduces art lovers and tropical fish enthusiasts to Compton's second series of paintings. Here, marine biologist David A. McKee provides context for Compton's work as well as an informative overview of the science of coral reef ecosystems."-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 11, 2019).
ISBN 9781623496975 electronic book
1623496977 electronic book
OCLC # 1105145481
Additional Format Print version: McKee, David A., 1947- Fishes of the rainbow. First edition. College Station : Texas A&M University Press, [2018] 9781623496968 (DLC) 2018018134 (OCoLC)1033548978

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