Sharks of the World

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Overview

Everyone's heard of the Great Whites. But most people know little of the hundreds of other types of sharks that inhabit the world's oceans. Written by two of the world's leading authorities and superbly illustrated by wildlife artist Marc Dando, this is the first comprehensive field guide to all 440-plus shark species. Color plates illustrate all species, and detailed accounts include diagnostic line drawings and a distribution map for each species. Introductory chapters treat physiology, behavior, reproduction, ecology, diet, and sharks' interrelationships with humans.

  • More than 125 original full-color illustrations for fast and accurate identification of each shark family
  • Over 500 additional drawings illustrating physical features from different angles
  • Clear identification information for each species with details of size, habitat, behavior, and biology
  • Quick ID guide helpful for differentiating similar species
  • Geographic distribution maps for each species
  • For professional and amateur shark enthusiasts
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Editorial Reviews

Diver Magazine - Virginia Cowell
This is a reference anyone in any age group or level of knowledge could use easily. You don't need to be a shark fan for Sharks of the World to be a useful addition to your library: this is one book I'd recommend to any diver or naturalist any day.
Wildlife Activist - Robert E. Hoopes
The reader learns about shark biology (body structure, teeth and jaws, senses, life history, etc) and the interactions between sharks and people, both good and bad. This is a very nice, handy-sized guide for those interested in sharks and their conservation.
Discovery - Christine Adkins
The amazing diversity of these magnificent yet maligned animals is wonderfully represented here.
From the Publisher

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2005

"This is a reference anyone in any age group or level of knowledge could use easily. You don't need to be a shark fan for Sharks of the World to be a useful addition to your library: this is one book I'd recommend to any diver or naturalist any day."--Virginia Cowell, Diver Magazine

"The reader learns about shark biology (body structure, teeth and jaws, senses, life history, etc) and the interactions between sharks and people, both good and bad. This is a very nice, handy-sized guide for those interested in sharks and their conservation."--Robert E. Hoopes, Wildlife Activist

"The amazing diversity of these magnificent yet maligned animals is wonderfully represented here."--Christine Adkins, Discovery

Diver Magazine
This is a reference anyone in any age group or level of knowledge could use easily. You don't need to be a shark fan for Sharks of the World to be a useful addition to your library: this is one book I'd recommend to any diver or naturalist any day.
— Virginia Cowell
Wildlife Activist
The reader learns about shark biology (body structure, teeth and jaws, senses, life history, etc) and the interactions between sharks and people, both good and bad. This is a very nice, handy-sized guide for those interested in sharks and their conservation.
— Robert E. Hoopes
Discovery
The amazing diversity of these magnificent yet maligned animals is wonderfully represented here.
— Christine Adkins
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691120720
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 1/24/2005
  • Series: Princeton Field Guides Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 409,984
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 1.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Compagno is an international authority on shark taxonomy and the author of many scientific papers and books on the subject. He currently works in the South African Museum's Shark Research Centre. Marc Dando is a freelance artist specializing in marine ecology and wildlife. Sarah Fowler works in marine ecology, biodiversity, and conservation and management, with a particular focus on sharks. She cofounded the UK Shark Trust and the European Elasmobranch Association. She also serves on the Conservation Committee of the American Elasmobranch Society (based at the University of Florida).
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Table of Contents

Foreword vi
Acknowledgements vii
Introduction 9
How to use this book 10
Topography 12
What is a shark? 15
The evolution of fishes 17
Biology 19
Body structure 20
Skeleton 22
Skin and scales 24
Teeth and jaws 25
Movement and respiration 27
Warm blooded sharks 29
Osmoregulation 29
Senses 30
Feeding and digestion 34
Life history 38
Behaviour 42
Sharks and people 43
Truth, legend and fiction 44
Fisheries 45
Utilisation 46
Research 48
Conservation and management 49
Shark encounters 52
Key to orders and families of living sharks 54
Colour plates 63
Abbreviations used in plate text 63
Species accounts
Order Hexanchiformes 65
Family Chlamydoselachidae 65
Family Hexanchidae 66
Order Squaliformes 70
Family Echinorhinidae 70
Family Squalidae 71
Family Centrophoridae 81
Family Etmopteridae 90
Family Somniosidae 111
Family Oxynotidae 122
Family Dalatiidae 125
Order Pristiophoriformes 131
Family Pristiophoridae 131
Order Squatiniformes 137
Family Squatinidae 137
Order Heterodontiformes 150
Family Heterodontidae 150
Order Orectolobiformes 156
Family Parascylliidae 156
Family Brachaeluridae 159
Family Orectolobidae 161
Family Hemiscylliidae 165
Family Ginglystomatidae 171
Family Stegostomatidae 173
Family Rhincodontidae 174
Order Lamniformes 175
Family Odontaspididae 175
Family Pseudocarchariidae 177
Family Mitsukurinidae 178
Family Megachasmidae 178
Family Alopiidae 179
Family Cetorhinidae 181
Family Lamnidae 181
Order Carcharhiniformes 186
Family Scyliorhinidae 186
Family Proscylliidae 254
Family Pseudotriakidae 257
Family Leptochariidae 260
Family Triakidae 261
Family Hemigaleidae 283
Family Carcharhinidae 288
Family Sphyrnidae 322
Glossary 327
Field observations 339
Suggested further reading 342
Scientific societies and conservation organisations 343
Museums and other research organisations 344
Bibliography 345
Index of scientific names 347
Index of English names 352
Checklist 357
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