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Mass Coral Bleaching occurs on Maldives reefs as unseasonally high elevated water temperatures continues

2016 is a milestone for Atoll Editions as we celebrates 20 years of publishing in the Maldives! There have been many highlights, but there is little to celebrate now as we experience the second mass coral bleaching event recorded in the Maldives.

The first in 1998, resulted in an estimated 95% coral mortality throughout the atolls, and the picture today looks disturbingly the same as it did 18 years ago.

After two months of elevated water temperatures, the devastation is widespread. Having just returned to Malé after 3 weeks surveying reefs in North and South Malé, Ari and Lhaviyani, with the Global FinPrint team www.globalfinprint.org, all corals observed to 30 metres were visibly affected. Mortality on emergent reefs is 95 to 100% and most fast growing acroporids at all depths are dead and already covered in fine turf algae. Some table corals remained on the east side of Ari Atoll, but most were fluorescing and in the final stages of dying.

Many slow growing massive corals, on the outer reefs of the atolls, which had reached ‘head size’ since the 1998 bleaching, were also dead or dying, with around 50 to 75% mortality on many reefs.

This depressing scenario is ongoing with water temperatures in North Malé Atoll yesterday, an unseasonably warm 30 degrees to 30 metres on the outside Eastern rim of the atoll, and warmer inside. For those still skeptical of global warming, see what is happening now in the Maldives. 
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Fishes of the Maldives eBook – Species Name Update!

There is a reason why our publications are used by the IUCN and other important marine research organisations – it's because we keep up-to-date with scientific changes. We are proud to announce an update to our eBook versions of Fishes of the Maldives – Indian Ocean. This update includes 24 new scientific name changes. Make sure you have the most up-to-date version - download it now on iBooks and GooglePlay.

click here to view the name changes

5th April 2016

Marine Life Awareness – April Free Download

Leave behind the worries and stresses of everyday life and become tuned into the sounds and sights of nature. Atoll Editions is pleased to be able to offer a free poster to download – to help you appreciate the beauty all around. Update – this free download was for a limited time only and has now expired.

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27th  Jan 2016

Coming soon, the Marine Life Field Guide!

You asked for it, and Atoll Editions listened! Here is a sneak-peak at the new Marine Life of the Maldives – Indian Ocean as a Field Guide. Over 200 marine invertebrates in an easy visual reference - packed with information and the same improvements as listed in the article below.

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20th December 2015

Introducing the new and improved FFG!

New: The first edition sold out very quickly, and so Atoll Editions has improved and updated the Field Guide design and the second edition is now available to buy. The new version features more information, such as depth and endangered status – all in a clearer layout. Buy your field Guide now by clicking this link: Fishes of the Maldives – Indian Ocean Field Guide.

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18th March 2015

New improved ebook just launched!

New: By popular demand – the new version of the Fishes of the Maldives – Indian Ocean ebook is now ready and its better than ever.

Atoll Editions new and improved ebook now features a manifying feature for those hard to spot markings on fish. It also sports a new easy to use navigation. Click here for the full story.

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11th  Sept 2014

Why species names have changed

New: Taxonomy Name Changes to Fishes of the Maldives book.

Fishes of the Maldives Indian Ocean, by Rudie H. Kuiter (2014) includes most Indian Ocean species known to depths within a divers range, and includes taxonomy changes to nearly 80 bony reef fishes since the first edition was published in 1998.

Recent advances in DNA testing and molecular phylogeny have resulted, in part, to these changes from a total of 702 species by making it possible to better determine whether two or more species are in reality sibling species.

Sibling species are species that are very similar in appearance, in behaviour and in other characteristics, but are reproductively isolated. In other words, sibling species are pairs or groups of genetically closely related species, which are often morphologically indistinguishable. They may interbreed, but the offspring cannot reproduce.

There have been changes in 22 families, at both genus and species level, with most changes occurring in the Cardinalfishes and Wrasses (see ….). Many more changes are likely in the future, as further advances in testing are made and new species are recorded.

In addition, Fishes of the Maldives Indian Ocean includes 15 shark and 16 ray species likely to be seen by divers in the Maldives.


10th  August 2014

Full list of species name changes

To download the full list of species name changes in Fishes of the Maldives Indian Ocean click on the image shown below:

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