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- DescriptionThough 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-rewned 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 Mexico 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 taxomic 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 Mexico will be welcomed t 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.
- Author BiographyOne 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.
- Author(s)R.R. Miller
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication03/03/2006
- SubjectPopular Science
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Content NoteIllustrations (some col.), maps (1 col.)
- Weight1774 g
- Width223 mm
- Height285 mm
- Spine36 mm
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