Illustrated with superb underwater photographs, with most photographs taken in the Maldives, the pages are packed with information relevant
to the Maldives marine environment. The species that vary in colour, or between sexes, are all illustrated with additional photographs.
The introduction explains the basics of fish science, behaviour and evolution and brief text for each species describes points of interest and differences between similar species. There are detailed drawings on fish-features, shapes and colour patterns. To assist in identifying the family, small, diagnostic silhouettes from the contents page are distributed as thumbprints throughout the book. Fishes of the Maldives Indian Ocean is easy to use, and will hopefully encourage researchers, divers and snorkellers to take greater interest in the smaller species, as well as the large.
Rudie H. Kuiter, author and principle photographer, has always had a passion for fishes. Dutch born, he started diving in Sydney, Australia, in 1964 and began drawing and photographing the various fish species, most of which were unknown at the time. As a research associate with the Australian Museum and Museum of Victoria, Rudie published scientific papers on biology and descriptions of new taxa. Articles on seahorses, seadragons and various other subjects of aquatic life have appeared in magazines around the world. He has dived temperate and tropical waters around Australia, and in many parts of the Indo-Pacific as far as Japan and the Maldives. He moved to Melbourne in 1980, working full time on fishes, and has published a number of books on fishes.
Tim Godfrey, author for the sharks and rays, started diving while working as a journalist in Northwest Australia in 1983. He later travelled and worked on fishing boats and charter vessels in the Gulf of Carpentaria and Queensland and on abalone boats along Victoria’s Southwest coast, before working as a dive instructor and guide on safari boats in the Maldives in 1986. In 1996 he started Atoll Editions and self-published Dive Maldives, A Guide to the Maldives Archipelago; Malways, Maldives Island Directory (later published as Atlas of the Maldives) and Maldives Divers and Travellers Map. He later published Photo Guide to Fishes of the Maldives, by Rudie Kuiter in 1998 and Marine Life of the Maldives, by Neville Coleman in 1999. He completed a Bachelor Science (Marine Biology) degree at James Cook University, Qld in 2013.