Fishes of the Gulf of Mexico, Vol. 1: Myxiniformes to Gasterosteiformes

Paper over Board | January 1, 1998

byJohn McEachran, Janice D. Fechhelm

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The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world and contains over 15 percent of all known species of marine fishes. This diverse fish fauna has been the subject of many publications, but, until now, no work has ever surveyed all known species, including the deep sea fishes and those of the southern Gulf.

This book is the first of two volumes that will cover the entire fish fauna of the Gulf of Mexico. An introductory section that outlines the Gulf's geographical setting, geological origin, current patterns, tides, sediments, meteorology, ecology, and biological exploration is followed by a key for the forty-four orders of fishes known from the Gulf. Keys and descriptions are provided for families, which are arranged phylogenetically, and for the species, which are arranged alphabetically, described, and distinguished from similar species. All but a few species are illustrated.

Volume 2 is tentatively scheduled for publication in early 2006.

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The Gulf of Mexico is the ninth largest body of water in the world and contains over 15 percent of all known species of marine fishes. This diverse fish fauna has been the subject of many publications, but, until now, no work has ever surveyed all known species, including the deep sea fishes and those of the southern Gulf.This book is ...

John D. McEachran is Professor of Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.Janice D. Fechhelm is Research Assistant and Scientific Illustrator in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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Format:Paper over BoardDimensions:1120 pages, 10 × 7 × 2 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0292752067

ISBN - 13:9780292752061

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroductionScope of the BookPhysical and Biological Description of the Gulf of MexicoOverviewGeological History of the Gulf of MexicoCurrents and Tides in the Gulf of MexicoFreshwater Input and Sediment PatternsMeteorologyBiological AssemblagesHistory of Biological Exploration in the Gulf of MexicoHow to Identify FishesNames of FishesStructural Anatomy of FishesMeasurements and CountsLiterature CitedFishes of the Gulf of MexicoKey to the Orders of Fishes of the Gulf of MexicoMyxiniformesPetromyzontiformesChimaeriformesOrectolobiformesLamniformesCarcharhiniformesHexanchiformesSqualiformesSquatiniformesTorpediniformesPristiformesRajiformesMyliobatiformesAcipenseriformesSemionotiformesElopiformesAlbuliformesNotacanthiformesAnguilliformesClupeiformesSiluriformesOsmeriformesStomiiformesAteleopodiformesAulopiformesMyctophiformesLampridiformesPolymixiiformesOphidiiformesGadiformesBatrachoidiformesLophiiformesMugiliformesAtheriniformesCyprinodontiformesBeloniformesStephanoberyciformesBeryciformesZeiformesGasterosteiformesGlossaryReferencesIndex of Scientific Names

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This work is unique and especially important because it brings together, for the first time, information on the entire fish fauna of the Gulf of Mexico. Other volumes cover only subsets of Gulf fishes....This represents the most complete survey of the ichthyofauna of the Gulf of Mexico ever compiled. - Philip A. Hastings, Research Scientist and Curator of Fishes and Invertebrates, University of Arizona