Guide to 1,300 tropical fish now an iTunes application

Now there is no excuse not to know those fish. In both languages.

A Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute expert has created an iPhone application that contains bilingual species identifications, the institute said.

The potential users are divers, scientists and tour guides, the institute said. The electronic application contains information on about 1,300 fish species. The institute said that is about 10 percent of the world’s tropical fish.

The area covered by the application is from Baja California to Ecuador and the Galapagos. The application by D. Ross Robertson is based on the 1994 book “Fishes of the Tropical Eastern Pacific,” by Gerald R. Allen and Robertson.

The application is available through iTunes as “Fishes: East Pacific. An identification guide for the shorefish fauna of the tropical eastern Pacific,” the Panamá-based institute said.

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