216 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, 1 table
Sri Lanka boasts 61 species of sharks in its seas. The Sharks of Sri Lanka is the first publication to deal comprehensively with this group of fascinating and amazing creatures. This book is written by Rex I. De Silva, a diver and biologist whose expertise results from his close association with the ocean and its inhabitants, including sharks, over a period of six decades. The book is written for the biologist, naturalist and interested layperson and is replete with precise, concise, authentic and up-to-date information on the island's shark fauna and it is illustrated in great detail. Prior knowledge of sharks is neither assumed nor required. The species descriptions together with the keys and drawings will enable the reader to identify most sharks without difficulty. The photographic images give "life" to the species they portray. A comprehensive bibliography is included which will be of assistance to those who wish to delve more deeply into the subject.
The proceeds from the sale of this book will be used to sponsor conservation projects and activities.
- Message from President of the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka 13
- Acknowledgements 15
- Foreword 17
- Introduction 19
- The Sri Lankan Marine Environment 21
- The Shark 23
- Conservation 35
- Identification 37
- Sri Lanka Shark Systematics Chart 39
- Species Accounts 45
Appendix - I: Unconfirmed Species 190
Appendix - II: Shark Attacks in Sri Lanka 202
Bibliography and selected References 204
Glossary and Abbreviations 207
Index of English Names 212
Index of Scientific Names 213
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