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The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology


By: Gene S Helfman(Author), Bruce B Collette(Author), Douglas E Facey(Author), Brian W Bowen(Author)

720 pages, colour & b/w photos, b/w illustrations, b/w maps, colour tables


Hardback | Apr 2009 | Edition: 2 | #175969 | ISBN-13: 9781405124942
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The second edition of The Diversity of Fishes represents a major revision of the world's most widely adopted ichthyology textbook. Expanded and updated, the second edition is illustrated throughout with striking color photographs depicting the spectacular evolutionary adaptations of the most ecologically and taxonomically diverse vertebrate group. The text incorporates the latest advances in the biology of fishes, covering taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, biogeography, ecology, and behavior. A new chapter on genetics and molecular ecology of fishes has been added, and conservation is emphasized throughout. Hundreds of new and redrawn illustrations augment readable text, and every chapter has been revised to reflect the discoveries and greater understanding achieved during the past decade. Written by a team of internationally-recognized authorities, the first edition of The Diversity of Fishes was received with enthusiasm and praise, and incorporated into ichthyology and fish biology classes around the globe, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The second edition is a substantial update of an already classic reference and text.

"This new edition of The Diversity of Fishes, with its comprehensive view of fish biology sensu latu, should be welcomed by teachers, students, and professional ichthyologists. The book, with its colored photographs and good drawings, is attractive; the errors are few; the authors are authoritative; the index is informative; and the content has been brought up to date."
- Environmental Biology of Fishes, October 2010

"Overall, The Diversity of Fishes is, in our opinion, the best current single-volume reference for teaching students about fishes, and if we had to condense our ichthyological libraries to just one book, at the moment this would certainly be it."
- Copeia, 2010

"The book combines broad and comprehensive coverage with quite a lot of detail about the different themes that are dealt with [...] .I heartily recommend the second edition of The Diversity of Fishes, both as a student textbook and as an introductory, general source of reference."
- Aquaculture International, May 2009



Part I Introduction
1 The science of ichthyology
2 Systematic procedures

Part II Form, Function, and Ontogeny
3 Skeleton, skin, and scales
4 Soft anatomy
5 Oxygen, metabolism, and energetics
6 Sensory Systems
7 Homeostasis
8 Functional morphology of locomotion and feeding
9 Early life history
10 Juveniles, adults, age, and growth

Part III Taxonomy, Phylogeny, and Evolution
11 A history of fishes
12 Chondrichthyes: Sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras
13 Living representatives of primitive fishes
14 Teleosts at last I: bonytongues through anglerfishes
15 Teleosts at last II: spiny-rayed fishes

Part IV Zoogeography, Habitats, and Adaptations
16 Zoogeography
17 Fish genetics
18 Special habitats and special adaptations

Part V Behavior and Ecology
19 Fishes as predators
20 Fishes as prey
21 Fishes as social animals: reproduction
22 Fishes as social animals: aggregation, aggression, and cooperation
23 Cycles of activity and behavior
24 Individuals, populations, and assemblages
25 Communities, ecosystems, and the functional role ofn fishes
26 Conservation. References


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Gene S. Helfman is an Emeritus Professor of Ecology in the Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia. He retired after 30 years of conducting research on and teaching about ichthyology, animal behavior, and conservation biology. His research focused on the behavioral ecology and conservation of fishes in lakes, streams, coastal oceans, and coral reefs. In addition to contributing to this textbook, Helfman in 2007 published a highly acclaimed reference and text, Fish Conservation: A Guide to Understanding and Restoring Global Aquatic Biodiversity and Fishery Resources. He received a BS from the University of California, an MS from the University or Hawaii, and a Ph.D. from Cornell University.

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