Following the groundbreaking original exploration of the fundamental elements of the taxonomy and interrelationships of sharks, skates, rays, and chimera, this second edition of Biology of Sharks and their Relatives presents significant advances in the development and application of new molecular techniques, laboratory devices, and field instruments. Offering a well-rounded picture for advanced students, and far above competitors in scope and research, the numerous papers contained within the volume hold a wealth of data on the current status of chondrichthyan research and provide the basis and springboard for original research.
New to this second edition:
- Adds a new chapter on the phylogeny of recent Elasmobranchs
- Updates the chapter on reproduction with a look at the latest molecular techniques and approaches
- Expands the chapter on genetics to include data on natal homing grounds, philopatry, sex-based dispersal, and other, as yet unpublished, applications of forensic genetics
- Introduces revisions to the taxonomy of the Chondrichhyes
- Includes an eight page, full-colour insert
"This publication will be informative and indispensable to fish biologists, university students and aquarium staff. The editor is to be praised for the great job of integrating many contributions into a very useful publication. [...] This book is no doubt the most up-to-date publication on chondrichthyan biology for specialists."
– Keiichi Sato, Chief of Aquarium Education, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, in Marine Biology Research, 2013; 9: 227
"The new-and-improved second edition of this excellent series contains the latest information about many aspects of shark research. Additionally, the book contains several brand-new chapters focusing on how improved technology (molecular/genetic methods as well as satellite and acoustic tracking) has affected shark research. As with the first edition, this volume primarily focuses on 3 broad sections of elasmobranch research: phylogeny and zoogeography; form, function, and physiology; and ecology and life history. Within each section, there are several chapters focusing on a specific field of research, each written by a team of experts in that field. While the language of some chapters may be a bit technical for some non-scientist readers, this book (and the others in the series) are an invaluable guide to shark science. This book is worth getting for the epic reference list alone."
– David Shiffman – WhySharksMatter, in Southern Fried Science, July 23, 2012
"A work purporting to provide a comprehensive review of a specific taxon's biology often completely omits relevant topics, but such is not the case with this second edition (1st ed., CH, Nov'04, 42-1559). Systematics, behavior, physiology, and ecology of cartilaginous fish are thoroughly reviewed here. The book's contributors also address topics such as evolutionary history, genetics, anatomy, and histology to the extent that they provide insight into the main topic areas. The bulk of information relates to sharks, with somewhat less material presented on the batoids (skates and rays) and much less on the chimaera (deepwater cartilaginous fish). This is not a case of selective editing; the relative amounts of information reflect the number of studies that have been conducted on each of these groups. However, the book contains noteworthy, novel contributions for all three taxonomic groups. The figures and tables are consistent in appearance throughout the text. The chapter narratives are well written and lucid, while the associated citations are current and extensive. This work should claim the role of its predecessor in serving as a fundamental resource for researchers and students of the cartilaginous fishes, as well as marine biologists of all disciplines. Summing Up: Essential. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals."
– S. R. Fegley, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Choice, December 2012
Phylogeny and Zoogeography
- Origin and Relationships of Early Chondrichthyes, E. Grogan and R. Lund
- Phylogeny of Recent Elasmobranchs, G. Naylor
- Phylogeny of Batoidea, N. Aschliman and J. McEachran
- Phylogeny and Classification of Exlant Holocephali, D. Didier
Form, Function, and Physiological Processes
- Biomechanics of Locomotion in Sharks, Rays, and Chimeras, C. Wilga and G. Lauder
- Prey Capture Behavior and Feeding Mechanics of Elasmobranchs, P. Motta
- Metabolism, Energetic Demands, and Endothermy, J. Carlson, K. Goldman, and C. Lowe
- Food Consumption and Feeding Habits, B. Wetherbee and E. Cortes
- Reproductive Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays, C. Conrath et al.
- Hormonal Regulation of Elasmobranch Physiology, J. Gelschleiter
- Sensory Biology of Elasmobranchs, TBA
- The Immune System of Sharks, Skates, and Rays, C. Luer, C. Walsh, and A. Bodine
Ecology and Life History
- Age and Growth in Elasmobranchs, K. Goldman and G. Cailliet
- Life History Patterns, Demographics, and Population Dynamics, E. Cortes
- Genetics of Sharks, Skates, and Rays, E. Heist
- Predator-Prey Interactions, M. Heithaus
- Elasmobranchs as Hosts of Metazoan Parasites, J. Caira and C. Healy
- Habitat Use, C. Simpfendorfer and M. Heupel
- Challenges to Conservation and Management, S. Fordham and M. Camhi
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