This multivolume field guide covers the species of interest to fisheries of the major marine resource groups exploited in the Western Central Pacific. Chapters outlines the environmental, ecological and biogeographical factors influencing the marine biota as well as the basic components of the fisheries in the Western Central Pacific. Flora and fauna are arranged phylogenetically according to higher taxonomic levels such as class, order and family and each family has an account summarizing family diagnostic characters, biological and fisheries information, notes on similar families occurring in the area, a key to species, a checklist of species and a short list of relevant literature. Important families are treated in detail and include the species name, frequent synonyms and names of similar species, an illustration, FAO common name(s), diagnostic characters, biology and fisheries information, notes on geographical distribution and a distribution map.
Publisher: Food and Agriculture Organisation
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