Fishes of the World
Take your knowledge of fishes to the next level
Fishes of the World, Fifth Edition is the only modern, phylogenetically based classification of the world’s fishes. The updated text offers new phylogenetic diagrams that clarify the relationships among fish groups, as well as cutting-edge global knowledge that brings this classic reference up to date. With this resource, you can classify orders, families, and genera of fishes, understand the connections among fish groups, organize fishes in their evolutionary context, and imagine new areas of research. To further assist your work, this text provides representative drawings, many of them new, for most families of fishes, allowing you to make visual connections to the information as you read. It also contains many references to the classical as well as the most up-to-date literature on fish relationships, based on both morphology and molecular biology.
The study of fishes is one that certainly requires dedication—and access to reliable, accurate information. With more than 30,000 known species of sharks, rays, and bony fishes, both lobe-finned and ray-finned, you will need to master your area of study with the assistance of the best reference materials available. This text will help you bring your knowledge of fishes to the next level.
Fish systematists enjoyed debating the latest classifications, and the largely
morphological characters that supported them, with ... Cladistic analysis and
classification, once considered rogue, were now mainstream in systematic
Systematics and Classification Systematics is the study of biological diversity,
including reconstructing the ... Taxonomy is that part of systematics dealing with
the theory and practice of describing diversity and erecting classifications.
Many important fossil taxa are ranked along with extant taxa in the classification
of this book, and many others are ... Completely unranked classifications are
popular in some circles but are not used here because they communicate little ...
The classification followed here, except for the relationships of conodonts and †
Eriptychius, is based on the cladogram and classification of Donoghue et al. (
2000). Their classification was sequenced (each taxon in the sequence at the
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