Fishes of the World

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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.

  • Explore the anatomical characteristics, distribution, common and scientific names, and phylogenetic relationships of fishes
  • Access biological and anatomical information on more than 515 families of living fishes
  • Better appreciate the complexities and controversies behind the modern view of fish relationships
  • Refer to an extensive bibliography, which points you in the direction of additional, valuable, and up-to-date information, much of it published within the last few years
Fishes of the World, Fifth Edition is an invaluable resource for professional ichthyologists, aquatic ecologists, marine biologists, fish breeders, aquaculturists, and conservationists.

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THE LANDMARK REFERENCE FOR FISH DIVERSITY, UPDATED WITH NEW FINDINGS AND ILLUSTRATIONS

Fishes of the World is the indispensable reference featuring the only modern phylogenetic classification of the world's fishes, fossil and extant. A true classic in the field, this new fifth edition gathers the latest findings from the scientific community to enable the understanding of fish diversity, family characteristics, evolutionary relationships, and more. New molecular phylogenetic results are assessed and integrated with sound morphological and paleontological evidence. The taxonomy includes both scientific and common names, anatomical characteristics, distributions, biological characteristics, and representative drawings for 536 families of fishes to provide a truly comprehensive resource. First published in 1976, this book has become the de facto reference for fish classication and diversity.

This new fifth edition features:

  • Completely updated and extensively revised ranked classification, including competing hypotheses for many groups
  • A comprehensive taxonomic framework for both fossil and living species
  • Many new phylogenetic diagrams that clarify relationships among lineages
  • More than 525 illustrations, including new diagrams, recently discovered species, and the latest fossil finds

There are more fish species than there are mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians combined. The field is truly massive, making critical analysis and reliable, respected references essential for the advancement of research. Unique in its modern systematic presentation since the first edition, Fishes of the World is relied upon by professional ichthyologists, students, and fish enthusiasts around the globe.

About the Author:

JOSEPH S. NELSON, PhD, (1937–2011) is the author of the first four editions, was a Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

TERRY C. GRANDE, PhD, is an expert in fish morphology, development, and phylogeny. She is Professor of Biology at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, USA.

MARK V.H. WILSON, PhD, is an expert in fish evolution, paleontology, and taxonomy. He is a Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and Affiliate Professor of Biology at Loyola University Chicago in Chicago, IL, USA.

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