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Academic & Professional Books  Marine & Freshwater Biology  Fishes  Fishes: General

The Inland Water Fishes of Africa Diversity, Ecology and Human Use

By: Didier Paugy(Editor), Christian Lévêque(Editor), Olga Otero(Editor)
678 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps, tables
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The equilibrium of inland hydrosystems is presently a cause for concern, with species extinction rates there estimated to be 5 times higher than for terrestrial fauna in the 21st century. Urgent measures must be taken to conserve these ecosystems particularly with regard to fishes, which represent an especially rich and diverse evolutionary heritage.

Fishes were long unaffected by human activity on the African continent, but anthropogenic pressure has increased in recent decades. Good management of African continental waters is thus of paramount importance in terms of heritage and economics, as fishes are a vital natural resource for the people in sub-Saharan Africa. In view of biodiversity conservation, African fishes are investigated here as a biological model owing to their enormous ecological and genetic diversity.

It is essential to know the ecology and structure of various communities, and to understand the impact of human activity. Water Fishes of Africa discusses the diversity of environments, the origin and evolution of species, survival and adaptive strategies, the structure of fish communities, and the impact of human activity. It also devotes a section to fisheries and fish culture.

This ambitious project summarizes the current state of knowledge on African fishes and their populations, highlighting the mechanisms regulating their equilibrium and the causes contributing to their erosion. It is a reference not just for readers involved in African aquatic environments, but for anyone interested in biodiversity conservation in general.


Foreword   7
Dedication   11
Acknowledgments   11

1. The diversity of aquatic environments   13
      Jacques Lemoalle
2. Variability of clinnate and hydrologlcal systems   35
      Christian Lévêque
3. African fossil fish   51
      Olga Otero, Alison Murray, Lionel Cavin, Gaël Clément, Aurélie Pinton & Kathlyn Stewart
4. General characteristics of ichthyological fauna   83
      Christian Lévêque & Didier Paugy
5. Geographical distribution and affinities of African freshwater fishes   97
      Christian Lévêque & Didier Paugy
6. Biogeography and past history of the ichthyological faunas   115
      Christian Lévêque & Didier Paugy
7. Diversity of African fish: heritage of evolution   127
      Christian Lévêque, Didier Paugy & Jean-François Agnèse
8. Taxonomy and systematics   147
      Didier Paugy & Christian Lévêque
9. Life-history strategies   177
      Didier Paugy, Christian Lévêque & Fabrice Duponchelle
10. Reproduction   189
      Didier Paugy, Christian Lévêque & Fabrice Duponchelle
11. Growth and ontogeny   219
      Christian Lévêque
12. Diets and food webs   233
      Didier Paugy & Christian Lévêque
13. Diversity of responses to environmental constraints and extreme environmental conditions   259
      Christian Lévêque & Didier Paugy
14. Ethology   269
      Yves Fermon & Rémy Bigorne
15. Species richness offish communities   299
      Bernard Hugueny
16. Diversity offish habitats   319
      Christian Lévêque
17. Role of fish in ecosystem functioning   339
      Christian Lévêque
18. Fish communities in river systems and associated biotopes   349
      Christian Lévêque & Didier Paugy
19. Fish communities in East African rift lakes   361
      Jos Snoeks, Christian Lévêque, Yves Fermon & Fabrice Duponchelle
20. Fish communities in shallow lakes   383
      Christian Lévêque
21. Fish communities in small aquatic ecosystems: caves, gueltas, crater and salt lakes   397
      Didier Paugy & Christian Lévêque
22. Fish communities in estuaries and lagoons   417
      Jean-Jacques Albaret
23. Species introductions   441
      Didier Paugy & Christian Lévêque
24. Impacts of human activities   459
      Didier Paugy & Christian Lévêque
25. Fisheries   479
      Raymond Laë & Christian Lévêque
26. Fish culture   525
      Jean-François Agnèse, Randall Brummett, Marc Legendre & Christian Lévêque

References   547
Species index   636
Geographical index   655
Subject index   663
Table of boxes   666
Table of contents   668

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By: Didier Paugy(Editor), Christian Lévêque(Editor), Olga Otero(Editor)
678 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations, colour distribution maps, tables
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