Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic, Two Volume Set

William J. Richards

August 8, 2005 by CRC Press
Reference - 1312 Pages - 600 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780849319167 - CAT# 1916

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Features

  • Discusses techniques for conducting larval studies throughout the world
  • Includes the most exhaustive bibliography available with over 2000 citations
  • Provides a complete list of species inhabiting the region
  • Offers more than 600 original illustrations

Summary

The Early Life History (ELH) of marine fishes in Fishing Area 31, which includes the western central North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, has remained incomplete over the years. This certainly wasnot because of any lack of interest, but rather because of the lack of a comprehensive merging of studies that would provide us with a broad understanding, as well as identify gaps in the literature.

Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic fills the void in an exceptionally thorough fashion. Inside you will find contributions from more than 70 international experts, edited by one of the world’s most respected fishery scientists. This is the definitive reference covering the ELH of those fishes found in that part of the Atlantic, which stretches across the territorial waters of more than 40 countries.

This two-volume masterwork covers the eggs, larvae, and juveniles of all families known to inhabit this area. It brings together published information of merit, plus original research results providing information designed to identify these ELH stages generally collected by plankton nets. Chapters in the volume are devoted to every one of the 214 families. Each includes a brief synopsis of the family, early life-stage identification, meristic data tables, and significant accounts of lower taxa, with one page giving detailed information and the facing page devoted to illustrations.

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