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Biology of Subterranean Fishes

1st Edition

Edited by Eleonora Trajano, Maria Elina Bichuette, B.G. Kapoor

CRC Press

494 pages

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In most habitats, adaptations are the single most obvious aspects of an organism’s phenotype. However, the most obvious feature of many subterranean animals are losses, not adaptations. Even Darwin saw subterranean animals as degenerates: examples of eyelessness and loss of structure in general. For him, the explanation was a straightforward Lamarckian one, and one that did not involve adaptation and the struggle of existence. This volume is a comprehensive account of all known species of subterranean fishes. It includes an extensive introduction, history of investigations, consideration of non-stygobitic fishes in caves, and detailed analysis of the conservation status of these very rare animals.

Table of Contents

Cavefish: Retrospective and Prospective, T.L. Poulson

Biodiversity and Distribution of the Subterranean Fishes of the World, G.S. Proudlove

Conservation of Subterranean Fishes, M.E. Bichuette and E. Trajano

Behavioral Patterns in Subterranean Fishes, J. Parzefall and E. Trajano

The Evolutionary Genetics of Cave Fishes: Convergence, Adaptation and Pleiotropy, R. Borowsky

Development as an Evolutionary Process in Astyanax Cavefishes, W.R. Jeffery and A.G. Strickler

Subterranean Fishes of North America: Amblyopsidae, M.L. Niemiller and T.L. Poulson

Subterranean Fishes of Mexico (Poecilia mexicana, Poeciliidae), M. Plath and M. Tobler

Subterranean Fishes of Brazil, E. Trajano and M.E. Bichuette

Subterranean Fishes of Africa, R. Berti and G. Messana

Subterranean Fishes of China, C. Zi-Ming, L. Jing, X. Heng and Y. Jun-Xing

Subterranean Fishes of India, A. Kumar Pati and A. Parganiha

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology