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Centrarchid Fishes: Diversity, Biology and Conservation

Centrarchid Fishes: Diversity, Biology and Conservation

Steven Cooke (Editor), David P. Philipp (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-444-31603-2 December 2009 Wiley-Blackwell 560 Pages


Centrarchid fishes, also known as freshwater sunfishes, include such prominent species as the Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass and Bluegill. They are endemic to Eastern North America where they form part of a multi-million dollar sports fishing industry, but they have also been widely introduced around the globe by recreational anglers, in aquaculture programs and by government fisheries agencies.

Centrarchid Fishes provides comprehensive coverage of all major aspects of this ecologically and commercially important group of fishes. Coverage includes diversity, ecomorphology, phylogeny and genetics, hybridization, reproduction, early life history and recruitment, feeding and growth, ecology, migrations, bioenergetics, physiology, diseases, aquaculture, fisheries management and conservation. Chapters have been written by well-known and respected scientists and the whole has been drawn together by Professors Cooke and Philipp, themselves extremely well respected in the area of fisheries management and conservation.

Centrarchid Fishes is an essential purchase for all fish biologists, ecologists, fisheries managers and fish farm personnel who work with centrarchid species across the globe.

Introduction - Diversity of centrarchid fishes.


Phylogenetic relationships and genetics.


Reproduction and parental care.

Alternative reproductive tactics and sociobiology.

Early life history and recruitment.

Feeding, nutrition, and growth.

Population and community ecology.

Movement and migrations.


Organismal performance, tolerances, and physiological constraints.

Winter ecology of centrarchid fish.

Immunocompetancy and disease.

Issues in centrarchid aquaculture.

Issues in centrarchid management and conservation.

Patterns in centrarchid ecological diversity – conclusions and a research agenda

  • Centrarchids are ecologically and commercially extremely important, including species such as Largemouth Bass and Bluegill
  • Contains vital and commercially important information for fisheries managers
  • An essential reference source for graduate students and academics
  • Covers an important multi-billion dollar industry across many countries