Sharks of the World

Sharks of the World

by Leonard Compagno, Marc Dando, Sarah Fowler
     
 

"This exceptionally well-produced book, written by the leading authorities on shark systematics and conservation, is the only stand-alone field guide that covers all known shark species of the world. It is therefore an invaluable reference for shark scientists and enthusiasts alike. Nowhere are the identification, distribution, and conservation status of sharks

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"This exceptionally well-produced book, written by the leading authorities on shark systematics and conservation, is the only stand-alone field guide that covers all known shark species of the world. It is therefore an invaluable reference for shark scientists and enthusiasts alike. Nowhere are the identification, distribution, and conservation status of sharks more clearly presented."—Professor Dr. Marcelo R. de Carvalho, researcher of shark and ray evolution, Universidad de São Paulo, Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

"The first field guide to cover all species of sharks, Sharks of the World is a welcome addition to the field bags of both professional and amateur naturalists. Filling a role heretofore satisfied only by owning a series of regional field guides, this volume offers one stop shopping for worldwide shark aficionados. Sharks of the World is a must-buy for anyone interested in identifying sharks."—George H. Burgess, Florida Program for Shark Research, Florida Museum of Natural History

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691120720
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/24/2005
Series:
Princeton Field Guides Series
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
445,481
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.13(d)

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Table of Contents

Forewordvi
Acknowledgementsvii
Introduction9
How to use this book10
Topography12
What is a shark?15
The evolution of fishes17
Biology19
Body structure20
Skeleton22
Skin and scales24
Teeth and jaws25
Movement and respiration27
Warm blooded sharks29
Osmoregulation29
Senses30
Feeding and digestion34
Life history38
Behaviour42
Sharks and people43
Truth, legend and fiction44
Fisheries45
Utilisation46
Research48
Conservation and management49
Shark encounters52
Key to orders and families of living sharks54
Colour plates63
Abbreviations used in plate text63
Species accounts
Order Hexanchiformes65
Family Chlamydoselachidae65
Family Hexanchidae66
Order Squaliformes70
Family Echinorhinidae70
Family Squalidae71
Family Centrophoridae81
Family Etmopteridae90
Family Somniosidae111
Family Oxynotidae122
Family Dalatiidae125
Order Pristiophoriformes131
Family Pristiophoridae131
Order Squatiniformes137
Family Squatinidae137
Order Heterodontiformes150
Family Heterodontidae150
Order Orectolobiformes156
Family Parascylliidae156
Family Brachaeluridae159
Family Orectolobidae161
Family Hemiscylliidae165
Family Ginglystomatidae171
Family Stegostomatidae173
Family Rhincodontidae174
Order Lamniformes175
Family Odontaspididae175
Family Pseudocarchariidae177
Family Mitsukurinidae178
Family Megachasmidae178
Family Alopiidae179
Family Cetorhinidae181
Family Lamnidae181
Order Carcharhiniformes186
Family Scyliorhinidae186
Family Proscylliidae254
Family Pseudotriakidae257
Family Leptochariidae260
Family Triakidae261
Family Hemigaleidae283
Family Carcharhinidae288
Family Sphyrnidae322
Glossary327
Field observations339
Suggested further reading342
Scientific societies and conservation organisations343
Museums and other research organisations344
Bibliography345
Index of scientific names347
Index of English names352
Checklist357

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