An understanding of gonorynchiform morphology and systematic inter- and intra-relationships has proven vital to a better understanding of the evolution of lower teleosts in general, and more specifically of groups such as the clupeiforms (e.g., herrings and anchovies), and ostariophysans (e.g., carps, minnows and catfishes). This book examines the current knowledge of gonorynchiform biology, including comparative osteology, myology, epibranchial morphology and development. Phylogenetic interrelationships among gonorynchiform fishes are reexamined.
Table of Contents
Reassessment and Comparative Morphology of the Gonorynchiform Head Skeleton; Morphological Analysis of the Gonorynchiform Postcranial Skeleton; Early Ossification and Development of the Cranium and Paired Girdles of Chanos chanos (Teleostei, Gonorynchiformes; A Review of the Cranial and Pectoral Musculature of Gonorynchiform Fishes, with Comments on Their Functional Morphology and a Comparison with Other Otocephalans; The Epibranchial Organ and Its Anatomical Environment in the Gonorynchiformes, with Functional Discussions; The Fossil Record of Gonorynchiformes; Gonorynchiform Interrelationships: Historic Overview, Analysis, and Revised Systematics of the Group; A New Teleostean Fish from the Early Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of SE Morocco, with a Discussion of its Relationships with Ostariophysans; Gonorynchiformes in the Teleostean Phylogeny: Molecules and Morphology Used to Investigate Interrelationships of the Ostariophysi; Systematics and Phylogenetic Relationships of Cypriniformes; Review of the Phylogenetic Relationships and Fossil Record of Characiformes; State of the Art of Siluriform Higher-level Phylogeny; The Mitochondrial Phylogeny of the South American Electric Fish (Gymnotiformes) and an Alternative Hypothesis for the Otophysan Historical Biogeography; A Nomenclatural Analysis of Gonorynchiform Taxa