Fishes: A Guide to Their Diversity by Philip A. HastingsFishes: A Guide to Their Diversity by Philip A. Hastings

Fishes: A Guide to Their Diversity

byPhilip A. Hastings, Harold Jack Walker, Grantly R. Galland

Paperback | January 10, 2015

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There are more than 33,000 species of living fishes, accounting for more than half of the extant vertebrate diversity on Earth. This unique and comprehensive reference showcases the basic anatomy and diversity of all 82 orders of fishes and more than 150 of the most commonly encountered families, focusing on their distinctive features.

Accurate identification of each group, including its distinguishing characteristics, is supported with clear photographs of preserved specimens, primarily from the archives of the Marine Vertebrate Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. This diagnostic information is supplemented by radiographs, additional illustrations of particularly diverse lineages, and key references and ecological information for each group.

An ideal companion to primary ichthyology texts,Fishes: A Guide to Their Diversitygives a broad overview of fish morphology arranged in a modern classification system for students, fisheries scientists, marine biologists, vertebrate zoologists, and everyday naturalists. This survey of the most speciose group of vertebrates on Earth will expand the appreciation of and interest in the amazing diversity of fishes.
Philip A. Hastingsis Professor of Marine Biology and Curator of Marine Vertebrates at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego. His studies include the systematics and phylogeny of fishes, marine biogeography, ecology and behavioral evolution of fishes, and marine conservation biology.H. J. Walker, Jr.,i...
Title:Fishes: A Guide to Their DiversityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.6 inPublished:January 10, 2015Publisher:University of California PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520283538

ISBN - 13:9780520283534


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love This Book! Great facts and pictures. Good for fish lovers!
Date published: 2017-02-11

Table of Contents

Complete Contents

Anatomy of Fishes

THE FISHES: VERTEBRATA #151; Vertebrates

Agnatha (Cyclostomata) #151; Jawless Fishes

Gnathostomata #151; Jawed Vertebrates
Chondrichthyes #151; Cartilaginous Fishes
Osteichthyes #151; Bony Fishes
Sarcopterygii #151; Lobe-finned Fishes

Actinopterygii #151; Ray-finned Fishes
Actinopterygii I #151; Lower Ray-finned Fishes
Actinopterygii II: Acanthomorpha #151; Spiny-rayed Fishes


Editorial Reviews

"The authors have turned hundreds of surprisingly beautiful photographs of preserved fishes into an art form and have used them as the foundation for this very useful volume... this book should be on the desk or laboratory bench of every undergraduate and graduate student of ichthyology."