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Hold nearly 3,000 fish in one hand

November 12, 2012

Hold nearly 3,000 fish in one hand

If you are already familiar with fish taxonomy, you can browse alphabetic lists of species and families by scientific names or common names

Install the new, free app, Fishes: Greater Caribbean, developed by STRI staff scientist Ross Robertson, and his previous app, Fishes: East Pacific, onto an iPhone or iPad and you'll hold complete descriptions of 2,775 fish species in your hand as well as the ability to make maps and lists. With both English and Spanish interfaces, biologists, tour guides and divers around Latin American and the Caribbean now have immediate access to 20 percent of the world's known tropical shore-fishes, including 1600 species found on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Panama. Once you download the app, you don't need an internet connection to run it, making it ideal for offshore field trips.

If you are already familiar with fish taxonomy, you can browse alphabetic lists of species and families by scientific names or common names. If you're not familiar with these fish, you can use characters like common name, location, shape, color and pattern to identify unknown fish.

A notebook module makes it easy to create lists of fish sightings or collections. You can download the lists and send them to colleagues by e-mail.

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