Field Guide to the Seashores of South-Eastern Australia

June 2023
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    7th June 2023
  • ISBN 9781486315123
  • Language English
  • Pages 228 pp.
  • Size 5" x 8"
  • Images 429 color photos, 178 maps, 17 illus

The types of plants and animals that live on seashores in temperate regions are similar around the globe, but many of the individual species in south-eastern Australia are found only in this region.

Field Guide to the Seashores of South-Eastern Australia features color photographs, descriptions, and ecological notes for around 240 species of the more common plants and animals found on rocky, sandy, and muddy shores along the coastline from Port Lincoln, South Australia, to the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, and Tasmania.

This guide will allow beachgoers to learn interesting details about the plants and animals they come across, while also having sufficient scientific detail for natural history enthusiasts and biology students to develop their understanding of these shore ecosystems.


  • Contains photographs, brief taxonomic notes, geographic range, morphology and ecology of around 240 common species of plants and animals.
  • Where relevant, multiple images of species have been included to highlight within-species variation (e.g. in color patterns) and/or to provide dorsal and ventral views.
  • Provides a simple identification key to help readers find the specimen they are looking for or observing.
  • Describes organisms that commonly wash ashore and the different types of egg clusters that people may encounter while visiting a local seashore.
  • Features conservation of intertidal species and their habitats as a key theme.
  • Expands on Wescott and Porter’s Life on the Rocky Shores of South-eastern Australia (VNPA, 2010) by including more species, a greater geographic range, more detailed species descriptions for the marine plants and a new section covering the species of sandy and muddy shores.

Preface and acknowledgements
Start here to get the most out of this guide

Animals of rocky shores
Animals of sandy and muddy shores

Egg masses
All washed up: natural marine debris
Further reading
Index of common names
Index of scientific names

Christine Porter

Dr. Christine Porter has a PhD in environmental management from Deakin University. Christine has a long-held interest in the biology, ecology and conservation of marine invertebrates.

Ty Matthews

Dr. Ty G. Matthews is a senior lecturer based at the Deakin University Queenscliff Marine Science Centre. Ty has 25 years of research and teaching experience associated with marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Alecia Bellgrove

Dr. Alecia Bellgrove is a Deakin University academic and leads the Deakin Seaweed Research Group at Warrnambool campus.

Geoff Wescott

Dr. Geoff Wescott is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University. He is also the co-editor of Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia's Marine Protected Areas.

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