Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, Second Edition

Jeffrey C. Carrier, John A. Musick, Michael R. Heithaus

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April 9, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 666 Pages - 229 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439839249 - CAT# K11788
Series: CRC Marine Biology Series

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Features

New in the Second Edition

  • A new chapter on the phylogeny of recent elasmobranchs using emergent molecular techniques to reconstruct classical lineages and presents revisions to the taxonomy of the Chondrichthyes
  • Updated treatment of reproduction with an examination of the latest molecular techniques and approaches
  • Expanded chapter on genetics to include data on natal homing grounds, philopatry, sex-based dispersal, and other, as yet unpublished, applications of forensic genetics
  • A new chapter on emerging techniques that link elasmobranch behavior, physiology, and ecology
  • Every chapter revised to cover recent advances in all aspects of elasmobranch biology with extensive, revised, contemporary citations from the scientific literature
  • A sixteen page color insert

Summary

Virtually every area of research associated with sharks and their relatives has been strongly impacted by the revolutionary growth in technology. The questions we can now ask are very different than those reported even two decades ago. Modern immunological and genetic techniques, satellite telemetry and archival tagging, modern phylogenetic analysis, GIS, and bomb dating, are just a few of the techniques and procedures that have become a part of our investigative lexicon.

A modern synthesis of the biology of Chondrichthyans, Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, Second Edition discusses significant advances in the development and application of new molecular techniques to the understanding of the phylogenetic relationships among and between these groups. The book considers the effect of global changes on the status of sharks and their relatives, and how advances in technology and analytical techniques have changed not only how we approach problem solving and scientific investigations, but how we formulate questions. The book also introduces applications of new and novel laboratory devices, techniques, and field instruments.

This second edition of the award winning and groundbreaking original exploration of the fundamental elements of the taxonomy, systematics, physiology, and ecology of sharks, skates, rays, and chimera, presents cohesive and integrated coverage of key topics and discusses technological advances used in modern shark research. Offering a well-rounded picture for students and researchers, and far above competitors in scope and research, this new volume holds a wealth of data on the current status of Chondrichthyan research and provides the basis and springboard for original research.


Cover photo by Justin Gilligan