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This volume presents a synthesis of basic biological and conservation data for more than 30 species of sturgeons (Acipenseridae), paddlefishes (Polyodontidae) and their fossil allies in the order of Acipenseriformes. Reprinted from Environmental Biology of Fishes, Volume 48.
Prelude to sturgeon biodiversity and conservation, E.K. Balon; sturgeon biodiversity and conservation - an introduction, W.E. Bemis et al. Part 1 Diversity and evolution of sturgeons and paddlefishes: an overview of acipenseriformes, W.E. Bemis et al; osteology and phylogenetic interrelationships of sturgeons (acipenseridae), E.K. Findeis; phylogeny of the acipenseriformes - cytogenetic and molecular approaches, V.J. Birstein et al; how many species are there within the genus acipenser?, V.J. Birstein, W.E. Bemis. Part 2 Biology and status reports on sturgeons and paddlefishes: sturgeon rivers - an introduction to acipenseriform biogeography and life history, W.E. Bemis, B. Kynard; past and current status of sturgeons in the upper and middle Danube river, K. Hensel, J. Holcik; endangered migratory sturgeons of the lower Danube River and its delta, N. Bacalbasa-Dobrovici; present status of commercial stocks of sturgeons in the Caspian Sea basin, R.P. Khodorevskaya et al; species structure, contemporary distribution and status of the Siberian sturgeon, acipenser baerii, G.I. Ruban; endemic sturgeons of the Amur River - kaluga, huso dauricus, and Amur sturgeon, acipenser schrenckii, M.L. Krykhtin, V.G. Svirskii; biology, fisheries, and conservation of sturgeons and paddlefish in China, Q. Wei et al; biology and life history of Dabry's sturgeon, acipenser Dabryanus, in the Yangtze River, P. Zhuang et al; observations on the reproductive cycle of cultured white sturgeon, acipenser transmontanus, S.I. Doroshov et al; contemporary status of the North American paddlefish, polyodon spathula, K. Graham; life history and status of the shovelnose sturgeon, scaphirhynchus platorynchus, K.D. Keenlyne; the status and distribution of lake sturgeon, acipenser fulvescens, in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec - a genetic perspective, M.M. Ferguson, G.A. Duckworth; lake sturgeon management in the Menominee River, a Wisconsin-Michigan boundary water, T.F. Thuemler; life history, Latitudinal patterns, and status of the shortnose sturgeon, acipenser brevirostrum, B. Kynard; status and management of Atlantic sturgeon, acipenser oxyrinchus, in North America, T.I.J. Smith, J.P. Clugston; Atlantic and shortnose sturgeons of the Hudson River - common and divergent life history attributes, M.B. Bain. biological characteristics of the European Atlantic sturgeon, acipenser sturio, as the basis for a restoration programme in France, P. Williot et al. Part 3 Controversies, conservation and summary: sturgeons in the Aral Sea ecological catastrophe, I. Zholdasova; threatened fishes of the world - pseudoscaphirhynchus spp. (acipenseridae), V.J. Birstein; molecular analysis in the conservation of sturgeons and paddlefish, I.I. Wirgin et al; sensitivity of North American sturgeons and paddlefish to fishing mortality, J. Boreman; alternatives for the protection and restoration of sturgeons and their habitat, R.C.P. Beamesderfer, R.A. Farr.
'This is a landmark volume. ... do have your library order the volume if they have not done so.' COPEIA, 4 (1999)