Fishes of the World / Edition 4

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Overview

"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 clarification of all the major living and fossil fish groups, this 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; and an extensive bibliography.
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An introductory systematic treatment of all major fish groups. This expanded edition totally revises the classification in light of recent work, gives more references to recent systematic works, lists more genera under the families, enlarges many family descriptions, gives more systematic information, synthesizes more of the differing conclusions of various workers, and adds some new fish drawings. The introduction deals in an elementary way with various aspects of fish diversity, systematics, and biogeography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471250319
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/27/2006
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,312,952
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.49 (d)

Meet the Author

JOSEPH S. NELSON, PHD, is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He is also Chair of the Joint ASIH-AFS Committee on Names of Fishes.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Phylum Chordata 19
Subphylum Vertebrata (Craniata) 23
Superclass Agnatha 24
Class Myxini 26
Class Pteraspidomorphi 28
Class Cephalaspidomorphi 30
Superclass Gnathostomata 34
Class Placodermi 35
Class Chondrichthyes 37
Class Acanthodii 66
Class Sarcopterygii 68
Class Actinopterygii 76
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 numbers 451
Bibliography 467
Index 541
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