Blennies are diverse group of bony fishes found around the globe. Most blennies are small and somewhat difficult to identify, so until recently these fish did not occupy the interests of many ichthyologists and even fewer ecologists. With nearly 900 species, blennies are important members of most coastal marine communities. This book should stimulate interest in blennies among a wider array of students, and marine biologists in general.
Table of Contents
SECTION 1: SYSTEMATICS: Systematics of the Blennioidei and the Included Families Dactyloscopidae, Chaenopidae, Clinidae and Labrisomidae; Systematics of the Tripterygiidae (Triplefins); Systematics of the Blenniidae (Combtooth Blennies) SECTION 2: BIOGEOGRAPHY: Biogeography of New World Blennies; Blennies in Temperate Seas SECTION 3: FEEDING AND SENSORY SYSTEMS: Diversity in the Diet and Feeding Habits of Blennies; Dentition and Taste Buds in Blennies; Nasal Olfactory Organs and Olfactory Bulbs in Blennies SECTION 4: REPRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT: Reproductive Organs in Blennies; Sexual Selection in Blennies; Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Blennies; Larval Development in Blennies SECTION 5: ECOLOGY AND BEHAVIOUR: Communication in Blennies; Interspecific Relationships in Blennies; Patterns of Microhabitat Utilisation in Blennies SECTION 6: SPECIES OF BLENNIES: List of Valid Species of Blennies