Series: Faune et Flore Tropicales Volume: 42/1
800 pages, b/w photos, 2 col plates, illus, maps, tabs
Language: Bilingual in English and French
The current bilingual fauna provides a summary of the taxonomy and distribution of the fresh and brackish water fishes of the Lower Guinean ichthyofaunal province of West-Central Africa. The work covers an area of approximately 680,000 square kilometers along the West coast of central Africa and includes all of the main drainages from the Cross River in southern Nigeria to the Angolan province of Cabinda and the Republic of Congo. The region is highly biogeographically distinctive and is home to more than 580 fish species, of which more than half appear to be endemic.
The present study is a continuation of the volume on the Fishes of West Africa published in this series in 2003.
The book is arranged taxonomically by family and with practical keys to all genera and species. For each species an illustration and a concise description summarizing the important morphological features are provided along with distribution maps for freshwater species.
While loss of rainforest throughout the region is evident and parts of Lower Guinea remain to be fully explored, this work provide the ecologists, fisheries managers and decision makers with an invaluable tool for the preservation of the ecosystems of this region.
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