702 Pages 19 Color & 112 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Among all vertebrates, gobies are second in diversity only to the teleost family Cyprinidae. The Gobiidae consists of more than 200 genera and nearly 2,000 species and make up the largest family of marine fishes. Gobies account for as much as 50% of the energy flow in coral reef communities. Their small size, ability to adapt to numerous ecological niches and to be bred in aquaria has led to numerous studies both in the field and laboratory. Gobies are found from above the high tide line to depths of over 1,100 m. Some species are found only within caves, others deep inside sponges, and some others climb waterfalls to return to their native streams. They vary reproductively from gonochoric to hermaphrodite, monogamy to polygyny and promiscuity, some have short life spans and reproduce only once while others have longer life spans reproducing one or more times per year.

    The Biology of Gobies written by over 30 experts from 15 countries summarizes what is known about the systematics, ecology, zoogeography, and general biology of the Gobiiformes. This foundation will provide the basic information necessary for future studies.

    A History of Gobioid Morphological Systematics: James L. Van Tassell, Luke Tornabene and Michael S. Taylor
    Molecular Systematics of Gobioid Fishes: Lukas Rüber and Ainhoa Agorreta
    Systematics of Rhyacichthyidae: Helen K. Larson
    Systematics of Odontobutidae: Akihisa lwata
    Systematics of Butidaeand Eleotridae: Christine Thacker
    Systematics of Gobionellidae: Frank Pezold
    Systematics of Oxudercinae: Edward Murdy
    Systematics of Amblyopinae: Edward Murdy
    Systematics of Sicydiinae: Philippe Keith and Clara Lord
    Systematics of Gobiidae: Christine Thackekr

    Gobiidae of the Americas: James L. Van Tassell
    North-eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean Gobies: Marcelo Kovacic and Robert A. Patzner
    Diversity and Distribution of Marine, Euryhaline and Amphidromous Gobies fromWestern, Central and SouthernAfrica: Ulrich K. Schliewen
    The Marine Temperate Gobioids of Southern Australia and the New Zealand Region: Helen K. Larson
    Tropical Freshwater Gobies: Amphidromy as a Life Cycle: Philippe Keith and Clara Lord
    Diversity and Distribution of Freshwater Gobies from the Mediterranean, the Black and Caspian Seas: Jörg Freyhof

    Gobies as Predator and Prey: C. Dieter Zander
    Morphological Adaptations to Special Environments of Gobies: C. Dieter Zander
    Morphological Organization and Variability of the Reproductive Apparatus in Gobies: Carlotta Mazzoldi Robert A. Patzner and Maria B. Rasotto
    Early Development of Gobies: Rita Borges; Cláudia Faria; Fátima Gil and Emanuel J. Gonçalves

    Planktonic and Paedomorphic Gobioids: Mario La Mesa
    Gobies on Coral Reefs: Juergen Herler Philip L. Munday and Vanessa Hernaman
    Gobies as Cleaners: Isabelle M. Côté and Marta C. Soares
    The Partnership between Gobiid Fishes and Burrowing Alpheid Shrimps: Ilan Karplus and Andrew Richard Thompson
    Mudskippers: Front Runners in the Modern Invasion of Land: Atsushi Ishimatsu and Tomas T. Gonzales


    James L. Van Tassell, Robert Patzner, Marcelo Kovacic, B.G. Kapoor