Fishes of the World / Edition 4

Fishes of the World / Edition 4

by Joseph S. Nelson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0471250317

ISBN-13: 9780471250319

Pub. Date: 02/27/2006

Publisher: Wiley

"Of all the literature I use while preparing field guides for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Nelson's Fishes of the World is, by far, the one I refer to most often. [This] book is a standard reference . . . I continue to use it extensively in the ichthyology courses I teach, particularly in laboratory sessions."
—Kent E.

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"Of all the literature I use while preparing field guides for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Nelson's Fishes of the World is, by far, the one I refer to most often. [This] book is a standard reference . . . I continue to use it extensively in the ichthyology courses I teach, particularly in laboratory sessions."
—Kent E. Carpenter Old Dominion University

"Fishes of the World is a unique and essential resource for anyone seriously interested in the diversity and evolution of fishes. The family accounts provide quick summaries of current knowledge on all groups of living fishes and many key fossil taxa. It is a required work for every student in my laboratory."
—William E. Bemis Kingsbury Director of Shoals Marine Laboratory, Cornell University

"Only classics are known by the single name of their author, and certainly [Nelson's book] has for four editions been such a book for all those who seek an accessible, up-to-date, readable reference on fish classification. Once again, Nelson presents a balanced view of the sometimes tumultuous, but ever-exciting, study of the phylogenetic relationships and classification of fishes. In doing so, Nelson makes an excellent case for organismal biology, highlighting the many and varied morphological characters we use to diagnose fish taxa and differentiate among the 515 families of living species."
—Lynne R. Parenti Curator of Fishes and Research Scientist, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Fishes of the World, Fourth Edition is the updated edition of a true classic in the field. A unique presentation of a modern, cladistically based classification of all the major living and fossil fish groups, this indispensable reference helps scientists and others identify and classify specimens, make familial connections, understand the evolution of fishes, and springboard into further research.

The taxonomy of fishes presented includes the anatomical characteristics, distribution, common and scientific names, and phylogenetic relationships for all 515 families of living fishes. Packed with representative species drawings and information on phylogentic relationships, this informative Fourth Edition features:

  • Both fossil and extant species
  • More than 500 illustrations
  • Fully vetted scientific and common names
  • An extensive bibliography

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471250319
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/27/2006
Edition description:
Revised Edition
Pages:
624
Sales rank:
755,567
Product dimensions:
6.42(w) x 9.33(h) x 1.49(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Phylum Chordata19
Subphylum Vertebrata (Craniata)23
Superclass Agnatha24
Class Myxini26
Class Pteraspidomorphi28
Class Cephalaspidomorphi30
Superclass Gnathostomata34
Class Placodermi35
Class Chondrichthyes37
Class Acanthodii66
Class Sarcopterygii68
Class Actinopterygii76
Appendix: Checklist of the classes (numbered), extant subclasses (not numbered), extant orders (numbered), extant suborders (not numbered), and extant families (numbered). All cross-referenced to appropriate page numbers451
Bibliography467
Index541

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