1st Edition

Sharks and Their Relatives II Biodiversity, Adaptive Physiology, and Conservation

    746 Pages 107 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Expanding the coverage of its preceding volume (2004), this new book considers how elasmobranch fishes, the sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras' successfully survive in the wide range of habitats in which they live. It examines the particular suitability of integrated sensory systems and the resultant perception of their surroundings. This resource also discusses the stresses and behaviors that prevent elasmobranchs from inhabiting some oceanic realms and the adaptations that allow many other elasmobranch species to exploit virtually all aquatic realms, from marine and freshwater habitats, to tropical and Arctic waters.

    Epipelagic Oceanic Elasmobranchs
    John D. Stevens
    Deepwater Chondrichthyans
    Peter M. Kyne and Colin A. Simpfendorfer
    Chondrichthyans of High Latitude Seas
    David A. Ebert and Megan V. Winton
    Elasmobranchs of Tropical Marine Ecosystems
    William T. White and Emma Sommerville
    Biology of the South American Potamotrygonid Stingrays
    Ricardo S. Rosa, Patricia Charvet-Almeida, and Carla Christie Diban Quijada
    Life History Strategies of Batoids
    Michael G. Frisk
    Ontogenetic Shifts in Movements and Habitat Use
    R. Dean Grubbs
    Tracking and Analysis Techniques for Understanding Free-Ranging Shark Movements and Behavior
    David W. Sims
    Sensory Adaptations to the Environment: Electroreceptors as a Case Study
    Stephen M. Kajiura, Anthony D. Cornett, and Kara E. Yopak
    Molecular Insights into Elasmobranch Reproductive Behavior for Conservation and Management
    David S. Portnoy
    Physiological Responses to Stress in Sharks
    Gregory Skomal and Diego Bernal
    Pollutant Exposure and Effects in Sharks and Their Relatives
    James Gelsleichter and Christina J. Walker
    Factors Contributing to Shark Attacks on Humans: A Volusia County, Florida, Case Study
    George H. Burgess, Robert H. Buch, Felipe Carvalho, Brittany A. Garner, and Christina J. Walker
    Shark Control: Methods, Efficacy, and Ecological Impact
    Sheldon F.J. Dudley and Geremy Cliff
    DNA Forensic Applications in Shark Management and Conservation
    Mahmood S. Shivji
    Unraveling the Ecological Importance of Elasmobranchs
    Michael R. Heithaus, Alejandro Frid, Jeremy J. Vaudo, Boris Worm, and Aaron J. Wirsing
    Life Histories, Population Dynamics, and Extinction Risks in Chondrichthyans
    Nicholas K. Dulvy and Robyn E. Forrest


    Under the editorial guidance of Jeffrey C. Carrier, Ph.D., John A. (Jack) Musick, Ph.D., and Michael R. Heithaus, Ph.D., this book includes much of the team’s original research along with keen insights from their combined nearly 80 years of teaching in higher academia. Dr. Carrier’s current research is focused on the reproductive biology and mating behaviors of nurse sharks in a long-term study from an isolated region of the Florida Keys. Dr. Musick has published more than 150 scientific papers and co-authored or edited 16 books focused on the ecology and conservation of sharks, other marine fishes, and sea turtles. Dr. Musick served as co-chair of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group for nine years, and is currently the vice chair for science. Dr. Heithaus’ current work is centered on predator–prey interactions and the factors influencing behavioral decisions, especially of large marine taxa including marine mammals, sharks and rays, and sea turtles.