Introduction, S M Head. Geology and palaeogeography of the Red Sea region, C J R Braithwaite. Climate and oceanography, F J Edwards. Hot brines and the deep sea environment, L Karbe. Plankton and the pelagic environment, H Weikert. Benthos of the deep Red Sea, H Thiel. Corals and coral reefs of the Red Sea, S M Head. Benthic algae, D I Walker. Littoral and shallow subtidal environments, D A Jones et al. Molluscs of the Red Sea, M Mastaller. Echinoderms of the Red Sea, A C Campbell. Minor invertebrate groups, S M Head. Red Sea fishes, R F G Ormond et al. Turtles and marine mammals, J G Frazier et al. Sea birds of the Red Sea, P G H Evans. The human settlement of the Red Sea, M Horton. Red Sea fisheries, S M Head. Pollution, B Dicks. Conservation and management, R F G Ormond. Postscript, S M Head. Geographical index. Subject index.