The third edition of The Diversity of Fishes is a major revision of the widely adopted ichthyology textbook, incorporating the latest advances in the biology of fishes and covering taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, biogeography, ecology, and behaviour. Key information on the evolution of various fishes is also presented, providing expansive and conclusive coverage on all key topics pertaining to the field.
To aid in reader comprehension, each chapter begins with a summary that provides a broad overview of the content of that chapter, which may be particularly useful for those using the text for a course who don’t intend to address every chapter in detail. Detailed colour photographs throughout the book demonstrate just some of the diversity and beauty of fishes that attract many to the field. A companion website provides related videos selected by the authors, instructor resources, and additional references and websites for further reading.
Sample topics covered and learning resources included in The Diversity of Fishes are as follows:
- How molecular genetics has transformed many aspects of ichthyology
- The close relationship between structure and function, including adaptations to special environments
- Many physical and behavioural adaptations reflecting the fact that many fishes are both predators and prey
- Fish interactions with other species within fish assemblages and broader communities, plus their impacts on ecosystems
- Global maps that more accurately represent the comparative sizes of oceans and land masses than maps used in prior editions
For students, instructors, and individuals with an interest in ichthyology, The Diversity of Fishes is an all-in-one introductory resource to the field, presenting vast opportunities for learning, many additional resources to aid in information retention, and helpful recommendations on where to go to explore specific topics further.
Preface to the third edition
Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition
Phylogenetic relationships among living and extinct fish groups
About the companion website
Part I – Introduction
Chapter 1. The Science of Ichthyology
Chapter 2. Systematic Procedures
Part II – Form, Function, Ontogeny
Chapter 3. Structure and Function of the Head
Chapter 4. Structure and Function of the Trunk
Chapter 5. Circulation, Gas Transport, Digestion, Metabolism, and Energetics
Chapter 6. Nervous and Sensory Systems
Chapter 7. Homeostasis
Chapter 8. Reproduction and Early Life History
Chapter 9. Juveniles, Age and, Growth
Chapter 10. Special Habitats and Adaptations
Part III – Taxonomy, Phylogeny, and Evolution
Chapter 11. “A History of Fishes”
Chapter 12. Chondrichthyes
Chapter 13. Living Representatives of Primitive Fishes
Chapter 14. Teleosts I
Chapter 15. Teleosts II
Part IV – Fish Behavior
Chapter 16. Fishes as Predators and Prey
Chapter 17. Fishes as Social Animals
Chapter 18. Cycles of Activity and Behavior
Part V – Fish Distribution, Ecology, and Conservation
Chapter 19. Zoogeography
Chapter 20. Fish Populations
Chapter 21. Communities, Ecosystems, and the Functional Role of Fishes
Chapter 22. Conservation
Douglas E. Facey is an Emeritus Professor of Biology at Saint Michael’s College, Vermont, USA. Brian W. Bowen is a Research Professor at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Bruce B. Collette is a Research Associate at NOAA, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, USA. Gene S. Helfman is an Emeritus Professor of Ecology at Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA.
"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