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Percid Fishes: Systematics, Ecology and Exploitation



Percid Fishes: Systematics, Ecology and Exploitation

John F. Craig

ISBN: 978-0-470-69528-9 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 368 Pages


The percid fishes (or perch family) comprise many species including the perch, pikeperch, yellow perch, walleye and the darters. These species are of great ecological and economic importance, being important components of the freshwater ecosystem and recreational and commercial fisheries.

Percid Fishes covers aspects such as systematics, morphology, biology, ecology, diseases and parasites and the economic importance of percid fisheries. Special emphasis is placed within the book on the complex relationship between this family of fishes and their environment and how they respond to perturbations, especially those induced by humans.

The author, John Craig who has a great deal of experience working on these fishes in many of the countries in which they occur, has drawn together an extremely important book which provides a unique, comprehensive and indispensable review of this most significant group of fish.

Series Forward; Preface; Taxonomy and Distribution; Morphology and Anatomy; Age, Growth and Mortality; Reproduction and Development; Food and Feeding; Ionic and Water Balance; Swimming, Movements and Migrations; Parasites and Diseases; Population Dynamics and Community Structure; Fisheries and Economic Importance; Aquaculture; Etheostomatinae; Other Percinae and Luicopercinae; References; Index
"I am sure that this book, like its predecessor, will quickly become the standard text on percids... Teachers of fish biology, ecology and fisheries management will also find it an invaluable source of classic and contemporary material"
Fish and Fisheries
* Percid fishes are of great commercial importance across North America and Eurasia
* Author brings together a huge amount of very valuable information and data
* Perch and related species are a significant component of freshwater ecosystems