840 Pages 159 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    840 Pages 159 Color & 60 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives is an award-winning and groundbreaking exploration of the fundamental elements of the taxonomy, systematics, physiology, and ecology of sharks, skates, rays, and chimera. This edition presents current research as well as traditional models, to provide future researchers with solid historical foundations in shark research as well as presenting current trends from which to develop new frontiers in their own work. 

    Traditional areas of study such as age and growth, reproduction, taxonomy and systematics, sensory biology, and ecology are updated with contemporary research that incorporates emerging techniques including molecular genetics, exploratory techniques in artificial insemination, and the rapidly expanding fields of satellite tracking, remote sensing, accelerometry, and imaging.

    With two new editors and 90 contributors from the US, UK, South Africa, Portugal, France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, Palau, United Arab Emirates, Micronesia, Sweden, Argentina, Indonesia, Cameroon, and the Netherlands, this third edition is the most global and comprehensive yet. It adds six new chapters representing extensive studies of health, stress, disease and pathology, and social structure, and continues to explore elasmobranch ecological roles and interactions with their habitats. The book concludes with a comprehensive review of conservation policies, management, and strategies, as well as consideration of the potential effects of impending climate change.

    Presenting cohesive and integrated coverage of key topics and discussing technological advances used in modern shark research, this revised edition offers a well-rounded picture for students and researchers.

    1 Bridging the Gap Between Chondrichthyan Paleobiology and Biology

    Lisa B. Whitenack, Sora L. Kim, and Elizabeth C. Sibert

    2 Taxonomy and Diversity of Extant Elasmobranchs

    William T. White, Helen O’Neill, and Gavin J.P. Naylor

    3 How to Build a Shark: Biomechanics and Bioinspiration

    E.W. Misty Paig-Tran, Marianne E. Porter, Lara A. Ferry, and Lisa B. Whitenack

    4 Advances in Chondrichthyan Neurobiology

    Kara E. Yopak

    5 Advances in the Sensory Biology of Elasmobranchs

    Tricia L. Meredith, Stephen M. Kajiura, Kyle C. Newton, Timothy C. Tricas, and Christine N. Bedore

    6 Understanding Age and Growth of Chondrichthyan Fishes

    Alastair V Harry, Jonathan J. Smart, and Sebastián A. Pardo

    7 Elasmobranch Mating Systems

    Aletta Bester-van der Merwe, Kady Lyons, Dovi Kacev, and Kevin Feldheim

    8 Molecular Aspects of Elasmobranch Reproduction and Artificial Insemination

    Jennifer T. Wyffels and Linda M. Penfold

    9 Selected Topics in the Developmental Biology of Chondrichthyan Fishes

    Carl A. Luer and Jennifer T. Wyffels

    10 Physiological and Applied Energetics of Elasmobranch Fishes

    Adrian C. Gleiss, Jason R. Treberg, Evan E. Byrnes, and Karissa O. Lear

    11 Elasmobranch Foraging Strategies and Tactics of Elasmobranchs

    Samantha Munroe, Lauren Meyer, and Michael R. Heithaus

    12 Advances in Methods, Understanding, and Applications of Elasmobranch Movement Ecology

    Christopher G. Mull, Samantha Andrzejaczek, Vinay Udyawer, and Ross G. Dwyer

    13 Stress Responses, Health, and Diseases of Elasmobranchs

    Joanna Borucinska and Gregory Skomal

    14 Elasmobranch Health, Pathology and the Host Microbiome

    Alisa L. Newton and Kim B. Ritchie

    15 Advances in Our Understanding of the Ecological Importance of Sharks and Their Relatives

    Michael R. Heithaus, Ruth E. Dunn, N. Frances Farabaugh, E. Lester, E. Madin, M. Meekan, Y. P. Papastamatiou, G. Roff, J. J. Vaudo, and A. J. Wirsing

    16 Population Structure and Connectivity of Chondrichthyans

    Madeline E. Green, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, and Floriaan Devloo-Delva

    17 Shark and Ray Social Lives: Form, Function, and Ecological Significance of Associations and Grouping

    Yannis P. Papastamatiou, Johann Mourier, Catarina Vila Pouca, Tristan Guttridge, and David M.P. Jacoby

    18 Freshwater and Euryhaline Elasmobranchs

    Peter M. Kyne and Luis O. Lucifora

    19 Deepwater Chondrichthyans

    Brittany Finucci, Charles F. Cotton, R. Dean Grubbs, K.K. Bineesh, and Teresa Moura

    20 The Elasmobranchs of Coral Reefs

    Demian D. Chapman, M. Aaron MacNeil, Michelle R. Heupel, Mark Meekan, Euan S. Harvey, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, and Michael R. Heithaus

    21 Conservation Science for Sharks and Rays

    Lindsay N.K. Davidson, Vanessa F. Jaiteh, Andrew Chin, Rima W. Jabado, Leontine Baje, Daniel Fernando, David E. Sabadin, Benaya M. Simeon, and Alex Tamo

    22 Elasmobranch Conservation Policy: Progress and Priorities

    Sonja V. Fordham, Julia M. Lawson, Olga Koubrak, and Melissa R. Cronin

    23 Guiding Random Acts of Kindness: Conservation Planning for Sharks and Rays

    Nicholas K. Dulvy and Colin A. Simpfendorfer

    24 Strategies to Reduce Fisheries Bycatch Mortality in Chondrichthyans

    John W. Mandelman, Jeffrey R. Kneebone, Alexia Morgan, Jefferson Murua, and Emily Jones

    25 Climate Change and Sharks

    Jodie L. Rummer, Ian A. Bouyoucos, Carolyn Wheeler, Catarina Santos, and Rui Rosa



    Jeffrey C. Carrier, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, Michael R. Heithaus, Kara E. Yopak

    With this third edition of the information-packed series The Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, editors Carrier et al. have again recruited leading researchers in the field to provide the latest technical information in elasmobranch science. Once characterized as perhaps the least understood group of vertebrates, sharks and their relatives have come under intense study over the past five decades, culminating in the extensive knowledge presented in this volume. From more traditional topics in elasmobranch biology to the timely issues of conservation and climate change, this book shows we can no longer say that sharks are poorly understood. Clearly, our field has come a long way, and it's all here in this comprehensive reference.

    Dr Robert E. Hueter, Senior Scientist Emeritus, Mote Marine Laboratory and OCEARCH Chief Scientist, USA

    One could not hope for a more comprehensive presentation of current research in traditional and contemporary areas of study pertaining to sharks and their relatives. I anticipate that every student of this fascinating group of animals, no matter the stage of their career, will want to own this book.

    Dr Sheldon Dudley, Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Cape Town, South Africa

    This is the premier book on the biology of sharks and their relatives. The editors have gathered the world’s top experts on each topic to provide comprehensive insights into the diversity, lives, and conservation of this fascinating group. The book covers the sharks living in habitats from the Amazon River, to coral reefs, down to the abyssal plains, while also reviewing, updating, and setting future research directions across many fields of study, from paleontology to neurobiology. The chapters are clearly presented to provide an entry point for students, naturalists, or other people that are interested in these amazing species, and will be the go-to resource for shark researchers for years to come.

    Dr Simon J. Pierce, co-founder and Principal Scientist at the Marine Megafauna Foundation, USA


    Whether you are a scientist, policymaker, or advocate, The Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives, is essential reading. Beginning with a review of the evolutionary history of Chondrichthyans, followed by an examination of their biology, physiology, ecology, and conservation policies and ending with a review of the impacts of climate change, this book should be the first stop in the search for answers to the threats facing these critically important animals.

    Lee Crockett, Executive Director of the Shark Conservation Fund, USA