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Presents an overview of the theory and application of molecular systematics to fish. This volume covers the phylogeny of fishes at multiple taxonomic levels, methods of analysis for molecular data, evolutionary genetics of, within and between fish populations, and the application of molecular based phylogenies to broader questions of evolution.
The editors have done an admirable job of and have put together a 17-chapter volume written by 38 prominent researchers that spans an array of molecular techniques and analytical approaches. Each of the chapters is written in a readable fashion that is of utility to those who use molecular approaches in their research as well as those who seek only to understand how the techniques can be used to address specific questions in systematic biology. The book is well illustrated wtihapproximately 130 figures that aid in clarifying everything from the phylogenetic relationships among the organisms being studied to more subtle concepts related to the analysis of the molecular data themselves... all chapters provide a unique look at different kinds of molecular datasets and how they can be analyzed to address questions that should be of interest not only to those who study fishes but to any biologist engaged in systematic or evolutionary hypothesis testing. The book is without question a worthy acquisition for most individuals engaged in systematic hypothesis testing using molecular data. --COPEIA This volume is a useful summary of the state of molecular phylogenies in fishes and it does suggest areas such as the infraspecific level where molecules may come into their own. --ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY
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