by Robert Rush Miller, W. L. Minckley and Steven Mark Norris
University of Chicago Press, 2006 Cloth: 978-0-226-52604-1
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Though Mexico is only one-fifth the size of the continental United States, it is home to nearly two-thirds as many freshwater fishes as those that swim the waters of the United States and Canada combined. Mexico's diverse freshwater fauna can be attributed to the country's highly varied physical geography, a wide latitudinal range, the largest river system in middle America, and, ironically, its oceans—many marine groups left the brine for the inland springs and never returned to the sea.
No one knew these Mexican freshwaters or the fish that inhabit them better than the late world-renowned ichthyologist Robert Rush Miller. A pioneer of the field, Miller undertook his first field excursion more than fifty years ago and, in the decades following, amassed the information necessary to write the first encyclopedia of Mexican inland ichthyology. Providing keys to more than 500 native species—accompanied by detailed distribution maps and illustrations—Freshwater Fishes of México offers a historical overview of the country's ichthyology, as well as syntheses of the unique biogeography of Mexican fishes and their current conservation status. Organized by family, the species accounts are supplemented with color galleries containing photographs of live fishes in their native environments and natural habitats. Exploring ecological, biological, and taxonomic issues, the book also considers the evolutionary history of the ichthyofauna itself and the human history of the scientists who researched it during the last several centuries.
The life's work of Robert Rush Miller, the long-awaited Freshwater Fishes of México will be welcomed not only by students of Mexican fishes, but by all ichthyologists working in Central and North America. This book will also find an audience among home aquarium hobbyists, fishery managers, conservation biologists, and environmental planners and managers.
One of the world’s foremost experts on freshwater fishes, Robert Rush Miller (1916–2003) was professor emeritus in the Department of Zoology and curator in the Museum of Zoology at the University of Michigan from 1948 to his retirement in 1987. W. L. Minckley (1935–2001) was professor emeritus of biology at Arizona State University. Steven Mark Norris is an ichthyologist lecturing in biology at California State University Channel Islands.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword by Salvador Contreras-Balderas Prefacio por Salvador Contreras-Balderas Foreword by Edwin P. (Phil) Pister Prefacio por Edwin P. (Phil) Pister Preface Acknowledgments
2. Environments of México Geography and Geology Climate and Hydrography Biotic Provinces
3. Historical Ichthyogeography W. L. Minckley, Robert Rush Miller, Clyde D. Barbour, Juan J. Schmitter Soto, and Steven Mark Norris Subcontinental Patterns Ichthyofauna Provinces
4. History of Mexican Freshwater Ichthyology Steven Mark Norris and José Luis Castro Aguirre Early Contributors Contributors from Abroad Mexican Contributors Freshwater Fishes of México
5. Extirpation, Extinction, and Conservation W. L. Minckley and Robert Rush Miller
6. The Fishes Scientific and Common Names Keys to Families of Mexican Freshwater Fishes Accounts of Species (numbered following Nelson 1994)
2. Family PETROMYZONTIDAE 20. Family CARCHARHINIDAE 36. Family PRISTIDAE 53. Family ACIPENSERIDAE 55. Family LEPISOSTEIDAE 63. Family ELOPIDAE 68. Family ANGUILLIDAE 88. Family ENGRAULIDAE 91. Family CLUPEIDAE 96. Family CYPRINIDAE 98. Family CATOSTOMIDAE 110. Family CHARACIDAE 112. Family ICTALURIDAE 128. Family ARIIDAE 134. Family PIMELODIDAE 149. Family GYMNOTIDAE 189. Family SALMONIDAE 200. Family BYTHITIDAE 215. Family BATRACHOIDIDAE 232. Family MUGILIDAE 236. Family ATHERINOPSIDAE 242. Family BELONIDAE 245. Family HEMIRAMPHIDAE Family RIVULIDAE 250. Family ANABLEPIDAE 251. Family POECILIIDAE 252. Family GOODEIDAE 253. Family CYPRINODONTIDAE 278. Family GASTEROSTEIDAE 281. Family SYNGNATHIDAE 287. Family SYNBRANCHIDAE 306. Family COTTIDAE 315. Family CENTROPOMIDAE 330. Family CENTRARCHIDAE 331. Family PERCIDAE 344. Family CARANGIDAE 350. Family LUTJANIDAE 352. Family GERREIDAE 353. Family HAEMULIDAE 360. Family SCIAENIDAE 387. Family CICHLIDAE 421. Family DACTYLOSCOPIDAE 427. Family GOBIESOCIDAE 432. Family ELEOTRIDAE 433. Family GOBIIDAE 468. Family PARALICHTHYIDAE 471. Family ACHIRIDAE Appendix. Original Descriptions and Type Localities for Native, Inland, Mexican Fishes Glossary, Abbreviations, and Acronyms Literature Cited Authors and Contributors Scientific Names Index Author Index Subject Index
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