Diversity of Fishes
Biology, Evolution, and Ecology
- Gene S. Helfman
The second edition of The Diversity of Fishes represents a major revision of the world’s most widely adopted ichthyology textbook. Expanded and updated, the second edition is illustrated throughout with striking color photographs depicting the spectacular evolutionary adaptations of the most ecologically and taxonomically diverse vertebrate group. The text incorporates the latest advances in the biology of fishes, covering taxonomy, anatomy, physiology, biogeography, ecology, and behavior. A new chapter on genetics and molecular ecology of fishes has been added, and conservation is emphasized throughout. Hundreds of new and redrawn illustrations augment readable text, and every chapter has been revised to reflect the discoveries and greater understanding achieved during the past decade. Written by a team of internationally-recognized authorities, the first edition of The Diversity of Fishes was received with enthusiasm and praise, and incorporated into ichthyology and fish biology classes around the globe, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The second edition is a substantial update of an already classic reference and text.
Preface.Part I Introduction.1 The science of ichthyology.2 Systematic procedures.Part II Form, Function, and Ontogeny.3 Skeleton, skin, and scales.4 Soft anatomy.5 Oxygen, metabolism, and energetics.6 Sensory Systems.7 Homeostasis.8 Functional morphology of locomotion and feeding.9 Early life history.10 Juveniles, adults, age, and growth.Part III Taxonomy, Phylogeny, and Evolution.11 A history of fishes.12 Chondrichthyes: Sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras.13 Living representatives of primitive fishes.14 Teleosts at last I: bonytongues through anglerfishes.15 Teleosts at last II: spiny-rayed fishes.Part IV Zoogeography, Habitats, and Adaptations.16 Zoogeography.17 Fish genetics.18 Special habitats and special adaptations.Part V Behavior and Ecology.19 Fishes as predators.20 Fishes as prey.21 Fishes as social animals: reproduction.22 Fishes as social animals: aggregation, aggression, and cooperation.23 Cycles of activity and behavior.24 Individuals, populations, and assemblages.25 Communities, ecosystems, and the functional role ofn fishes.Part VI The Future of Fishes.26 Conservation.References.Index