One of the most comprehensive and current general sources of information on fishes, this book covers the structure and physiology, evolution and taxonomy, zoogeography, and ecology and conservation of fishes. Broad in perspective, it integrates the basics with recent developments in other areas and provides a feeling for the excitement being generated by recent research on fishes. Easy to read,with a minimum of jargon, this well-illlustrated book is the perfect reference for anyone interested in fish biology.Structure and Form. The Fishes. Systematics, Genetics, and Speciation. Zoogeography. Introduction to Ecology. Conservation. For anyone who is interested in learning about the basics of fish biology, ecology, and conservation.
In this update of the 1996 edition, Moyle and Cech (wildlife, fish, and conservation biology, U. of California, Davis) present a text for fish biology classes venturing beyond the traditional focus on the systematics, anatomy, and distribution of fishes. The 37 chapters are organized into sections on: an introduction to the field; structure and form; fish systematics, genetics, evolution, and species; zoogeography; and ecology. The authors conclude that a major change in the world's ethical climate is the only way most of the world's fishes and aquatic systems will continue to survive. Includes a 66-page bibliography. First copyright date is 1982. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)