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CUP book

Sharks and Rays of New Zealand

20 November 2023

By Geoffrey Cox and Malcolm Francis


(Out of print)

64pp, Paperback
Colour & B&W illustrations throughout
ISBN 0-908812-60-4

This profusely illustrated book introduces and describes our common sharks and rays, from the much-feared white pointer shark to the harmless dogfishes and peculiar-looking deep-sea chimaeras, as well as the stingrays and electric ray. It also looks at the relationships between sharks and people - shark fishing and shark attacks - sharks in history and in the Maori world, and the anatomy and evolution of sharks and rays.

"...a book for divers, environmentalists, fishermen, naturalists and students... this will become a standard work for many years to come." Dive Log

"...this is a well written and generally well illustrated book, full of useful information on sharks and their close relatives. Publishing and printing standards are high. It is very good value and an excellent school reference work. I have no hesitation in strongly recommending it to everyone with an interest in these magnificent fishes." NZ Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research.

Geoffrey Coxis the well-known illustrator and author of many previous books about natural history.

Malcolm Francis is a fisheries scientist with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research in Wellington.

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