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The Sharks of Sri Lanka

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By: Rex Ian de Silva(Author), Jayantha Jinasena(Illustrator), Marie Levine(Foreword By)

216 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, 1 table

Field Ornithology Group Sri Lanka

Hardback | Jan 2015 | #227418 | ISBN-13: 9789558576359
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £42.99 $55 / €49 approx

About this book

Language: English

Sri Lanka boasts 61 species of sharks in its seas. The Sharks of Sri Lanka is the first publication to deal comprehensively with this group of fascinating and amazing creatures. This book is written by Rex I. De Silva, a diver and biologist whose expertise results from his close association with the ocean and its inhabitants, including sharks, over a period of six decades. The book is written for the biologist, naturalist and interested layperson and is replete with precise, concise, authentic and up-to-date information on the island's shark fauna and it is illustrated in great detail. Prior knowledge of sharks is neither assumed nor required. The species descriptions together with the keys and drawings will enable the reader to identify most sharks without difficulty. The photographic images give "life" to the species they portray. A comprehensive bibliography is included which will be of assistance to those who wish to delve more deeply into the subject.

The proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to sponsor conservation projects and activities.


- Message from President of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka   13
- Acknowledgements   15
- Foreword   17
- Introduction   19
- The Sri Lankan Marine Environment   21
- The Shark   23
- Conservation   35
- Identification   37
- Sri Lanka Shark Systematics Chart   39
- Species Accounts   45

Appendix - I: Unconfirmed Species   190
Appendix - II: Shark Attacks in Sri Lanka   202
Bibliography and selected References   204
Glossary and Abbreviations   207
Index of English Names   212
Index of Scientific Names   213

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