529 pages, 16 colour plates; b/w photos, illustrations & maps; tables
Written as a stand-alone text for students, this book provides broad, comprehensive, and systematic coverage of all aquatic systems from the mountains to the ocean. It addresses freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems in the first third of the book, and identifies factors that affect the distribution and abundance of fishes. It is followed with the examination of the adaptations of fishes as a response to constraints posed in ecosystems. The final four chapters on applied ecology discuss management, conservation, the biodiversity crises, and climate change. The book offers case studies from all major aquatic systems.
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