Annual Fishes: Life History Strategy, Diversity, and Evolution is the first comprehensive reference on current knowledge of diverse species that exhibit unique survival strategies and provide important models for basic and applied research. This work fills a void, covering the life cycle, reproductive biology, evolutionary ecology, reproductive behavior, sexual selection, genetics, speciation, and integrative and conservation strategies of annual fishes
Bringing together researchers in different areas of annual fishes to summarize previous work, overview the current research, and highlight promising areas of research, the book is organized into three sections focusing on:
- Diversity, life history, and reproductive biology
- Ecology and conservation
The book provides a thorough understanding of the complexity of annual fishes and emphasizes their usefulness as a unique model organism for studies in vertebrate biology, particularly in areas such as speciation and senescence. It also notes the gaps in knowledge that challenge future research and encourages the continued expansion and development of research studies on annual fishes to address these gaps so that general vertebrate biology can be better understood. It serves as a valuable resource for scientists in a range of disciplines such as ichthyology, zoology, developmental and evolutionary biology, molecular biology and genetics, and ecology.
Table of Contents
DIVERSITY, LIFE HISTORY, AND REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY. Diversity of Aplocheiloidei. Life Cycle, Reproduction, and Development in Annual Fishes: Cellular and Molecular Aspects. Sperm and Egg Envelope Ultrastructure and Some Considerations on Its Evolutionary Meaning. Alternative Developmental Pathways. Sex Determination and Differentiation in Annual Fishes. Annual Fishes of the Genus Nothobranchius as an Experimental Model. Husbandry, Reproduction, and Embryo Culture of Annual Fishes under Laboratory Conditions. ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION. Austrolebias in Space: Scaling from Ponds to Biogeographical Regions. The Evolutionary Ecology of African Annual Fishes. Tolerance of Environmental Stress. Annual Fishes (Rivulidae) from Southern Brazil: A Broad-Scale Assessment of Their Diversity and Conservation. EVOLUTION. Reproductive Behavior and Sexual Selection in Annual Fishes. Comparative Anatomy and Proliferative Zones of Adult Austrolebias Brain. Genome of the Annual Fishes Austrolebias Dynamized by Transposable Elements. Comparative Phylogeographic Patterns in Austrolebias from Different South American Basins. Chromosome Evolution, Divergent Meiotic Pathways, and Speciation in the Family Rivulidae. Genomic Isolated Regions: Linkage Groups in Parental and Laboratory Hybrids between Austrolebias adloffi Species Group. Overview, Future Challenges, and Evolution of Annualism.
Nibia Berois is a professor of cell biology and developmental biology at the Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, where she earned her PhD in biology. She is a Grade 4 researcher at Programa de Desarrollo de Ciencias Básicas (PEDECIBA) and Level 2 researcher at Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (SNI). Her research focuses on the biology of reproduction and development, with emphasis on neotropical annual fishes. She is the author of more than 40 scientific papers in her research area.
Graciela García is a professor of genetics at the Universidad de la Republica, Montevideo, Uruguay, where she also earned her PhD in biology. She is a Grade 4 research at PEDECIBA and Level 2 researcher at the SNI. She is the author of more than 40 scientific papers, mainly concerning neotropical annual fishes. She is, in general, an animal geneticist with special interests in the population genetics and evolution of fishes, phylogeography, and speciation in different fish models.
Rafael O. de Sá is a professor of biology at the University of Richmond, Virginia. He earned his PhD in zoology from the University of Texas at Austin. He held a Fulbright Scholar Distinguished chair at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, from 2013-2014. He is a Grade 4 researcher at PEDECIBA and an associate researcher at the SNI. His general training has been as an evolutionary biologist with expertise in molecular and morphological phylogenies, systematics, and taxonomy. He is the author of over 100 papers.