The Diversity of Fishes 2nd Edition

The Diversity of Fishes 2nd Edition
Author: Gene S. Helfman, Bruce B. Collette, Douglas E. Facey & Brian W. Bowen
Release at: 2009
Pages: 737
Edition: 2nd Edition
Language: English

Description of The Diversity of Fishes 2nd Edition

The Diversity of Fishes 2nd Edition by Helfman, Collette, Facey & Bowen is a great Zoology book for study of fishes, for study. The first edition of The diversity of fishes was successful beyond our wildest dreams. We have received constant and mostly positive feedback from readers, including much constructive criticism, all of which convinces us that the approach we have taken is satisfactory to ichthyological students, teachers, and researchers. Wiley-Blackwell has validated that impression: by their calculations, The diversity of fishes is the most widely adopted ichthyology textbook in the world.

However, ichthyology is an active science, and a great deal of growth has occurred since this book was first published in 1997. Updates and improvements are justified by active and exciting research in all relevant areas, including a wealth of new discoveries (e.g., a second coelacanth species, 33 more megamouth specimens, several new record tiniest fishes, and exciting fossil discoveries including some that push back the origin of fishes many million years and another involving a missing link between fishes and amphibians), application of new technologies (molecular genetics, transgenic fish), and increased emphasis on conservation issues (e.g., Helfman 2007).

Websites on fishes were essentially nonexistent when the first edition was being produced; websites now dominate as an instant source of information. Many of the volumes we used as primary references have themselves been revised. Reflective of these changes, and of shortcomings in the first edition, is the addition of a new chapter and author. Genetics received insufficient coverage, a gross omission that has been corrected by Brian Bowen’s contribution of a chapter devoted to that subject and by his suggested improvements to many other chapters. Brian’s contributions were aided by extensive and constructive comments from Matthew Craig, Daryl Parkyn, Luiz Rocha, and Robert Toonen. He is especially grateful to John Avise, Robert Chapman, and John Musick for their guidance and mentorship during his professional career, and most of all to his wife, Ruth Ellen, for her forbearance and support.

Content of The Diversity of Fishes 2nd Edition

Part I: Introduction

Chapter 1: The science of ichthyology

Chapter 2: Systematic procedures

Part II: Form, function, and ontogeny

Chapter 3: Skeleton, skin, and scales

Chapter 4: Soft anatomy

Chapter 5: Oxygen, metabolism, and energetics

Chapter 6: Sensory systems

Chapter 7: Homeostasis

Chapter 8: Functional morphology of locomotion and feeding

Chapter 9: Early life history

Chapter 10: Juveniles, adults, age, and growth

Part III: Taxonomy, phylogeny, and evolution

Chapter 11: “A history of fishes”

Chapter 12: Chondrichthyes: sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras

Chapter 13: Living representatives of primitive fishes

Chapter 14: Teleosts at last I: bonytongues through anglerfishes

Chapter 15: Teleosts at last II: spiny-rayed fishes

Part IV: Zoogeography, genetics, and adaptations

Chapter 16: Zoogeography

Chapter 17: Fish genetics

Chapter 18: Special habitats and special adaptations

Part V: Behavior and ecology

Chapter 19: Fishes as predators

Chapter 20: Fishes as prey

Chapter 21: Fishes as social animals: reproduction

Chapter 22: Fishes as social animals: aggregation, aggression, and cooperation

Chapter 23: Cycles of activity and behavior

Chapter 24: Individuals, populations, and assemblages

Chapter 25: Communities, ecosystems, and the functional role of fishes

Part VI: The future of fishes

Chapter 26: Conservation


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