Field Guide to Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras of Europe and the Mediterranean

Field Guide to Sharks, Rays and Chimaeras of Europe and the Mediterranean

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There has long been a need for a field guide to all the European cartilaginous fishes (sharks, rays and chimaeras). Many species within this group are included in the Red Data list, with many more waiting in the wings. Increased research into this group has led to a demand for a comprehensive and easy to use field guide. This field guide is accessible to citizen-scientists, conservationists, fishermen and researchers alike. This field guide covers the Mediterranean, the northeast Atlantic including Iceland, all the Scandinavian coasts and the Black Sea, and as far south as The Canary Islands, describing all 143 species found in this region. Each species will have a colour distribution map, an easy to read depth guide,
at a glance icons and a full species text, including identification, habitat, biology and status. Also included are at least two colour illustrations, with many accounts showing colour variations never illustrated before. Throughout the book are illustrated key guides, enabling the reader to accurately identify down to species where possible. Comparison plates of similar species and plates of teeth also aid identification. Eggcases for the group are also illustrated where known.
This is the first in a series of guides that will eventually cover all the worlds regions where cartilaginous fishes are
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Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 171 x 215 x 29mm | 605g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0957394640
  • 9780957394643
  • 1,002,560

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 7
Habitats 8
Sharks, rays and chimaeras in the region 10
How to use this book 15
Topography 16
Cartilaginous fishes key guides 22
Chimaeras: Chimaeriformes 32
Chimaera families key guide 34
Chimaera species eggcase guide 35
Shortnose chimaeras: Chimaeridae 36
Shortnose chimaera species key guide 37
Longnnosed Chimaeras: Rhinochimaeridae 44
Longnosed chimaera species key guide 35
kates and rays: Batoidea 50
Skates and rays key guide 52
Skates and related species: Rajiformes 54
Skates and related families key guide 57
Softnose skates: Arhynchobatidae 58
Softnose skate species key guide 59
Skates: Rajidae 63
Skate genera key guide 64
Skate species eggcase guide 67
Skate species comparisons 70
Amblyraja species key guide 76
Dipturus species key guide 80
Leucoraja species key guide 89
Malacoraja species key guide 95
Neoraja species key guide 98
Raja species key guide 102
Rajella species key guide 116
Guitarfishes: Rhinobatidae 125
Guitarfishe species key guide 125
Stingrays and related species: Myliobatiformes 128
Stingrays and related families key guide 131
Butterfly rays: Gymnuridae 132
Stingrays: Myliobatoidei 134
Stingrays key guide 136
Eagle rays: Myliobatidae 144
Eagle ray species key guide 146
Mobula species comparison 153
Electric rays: Torpediniformes 154
Torpedo electric rays: Torpedinidae 156
Torpedo electric ray species key guide 158
Sawfishes: Pristiformes 162
Sawfishes: Pristidae 162
Sawfish species key guide 165
Ray-like sharks, shark-like rays comparison 168
Sharks: Selachimorpha 170
Shark orders key guide 173
Cow and frilled sharks: Hexanchiformes 175
Frilled sharks: Chlamydoselachidae 175
Cow sharks: Hexanchidae 175
Cow and frilled shark species key guide 176
Cow and frilled shark species tooth guide 177
Bramble sharks: Echinorhiniformes/Echinorhinidae 182
Dogfish sharks and related species: Squaliformes 184
Dogfish sharks and related species key guide 186
Dogfish sharks: Squalidae 188
Dogfish shark species key guide 189
Dogfish shark similar species 190
Dogfish shark species tooth guide 190
Gulper sharks: Centrophoridae 194
Gulper shark species key guide 195
Gulper shark species tooth guide 197
Lantern sharks: Etmopteridae 204
Lantern shark species key guide 205
Lantern shark species tooth guide 207
Deepwater spined shark species comparison 208
Sleeper sharks: Somniosidae 214
Sleeper shark species key guide 215
Sleeper shark species tooth guide 218
Roughsharks: Oxynotidae 227
Roughshark species key guide and tooth guide 228
Kitefin sharks: Dalatidae and tooth guide 231
Kitefin shark species key guide 232
Angelsharks: Squatiniformes/Squatinidae 236
Angelsharks species key guide 237
Angelsharks species tooth guide 238
Mackerel sharks: Lamniformes 242
Mackerel shark families key guide 243
Sandtiger sharks: Odontaspididae 246
Goblin sharks: Mitsukurinidae 246
Sandtiger and goblin shark species tooth guide 247
Thresher sharks: Alopidae 252
Thresher shark species tooth guide 253
Basking sharks: Cetorhinidae 256
Mackerel sharks: Lamnidae 258
Mackerel shark species key guide 259
Mackerel shark species tooth guide 260
Carpetsharks: Orectolobiformes 265
Nurse sharks: Ginglystomatidae 266
Whale sharks: Rhincontidae 266
Carpetshark species key guide and tooth guide 267
Ground sharks: Carcharhiniformes 270
Ground shark species key guide 272
Catsharks: Scyliorhinidae 274
Catshark genera key guide 276
Catshark species eggcase guide 277
Catshark species tooth guide 278
False catsharks: Pseudotriakidae 293
Deep water `catsharks' comparison 295
Houndsharks: Triakidae 296
Houndshark species key guide 297
Houndshark species tooth guide 298
Requiem sharks: Carcharhinidae 303
Requiem shark genera key guide 304
Requiem shark species tooth guide 306
Requiem shark species key guide 310
Hammerhead sharks: Sphyrnidae 327
Hammerhead shark species key guide 328
Hammerhead shark species tooth guide 329
Possible vagrants 333
Appendices 337
Glossary 337
Regional oceans and seas 340
Derivation of scientific words 345
Field observations 348
Regional cartilaginous fish parts guide 353
Suggested further reading 358
Regional scientific societies and conservation organisations 360
Index 362
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About David A. Ebert

Dr. David Ebert who earned his Ph.D. at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, is the Program Director for the Pacific Shark Research Center, a research faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and an honorary research associate for the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity and the California Academy of Sciences Department of Ichthyology. Dr. Ebert has been researching chondrichthyans around the world for more than three decades focusing his research on the "Lost Sharks", a term he coined to highlight the plight of those little known, and unknown, shark, ray, and ghost shark species that have been missing and forgotten. His search for the Lost Sharks has taken him to six continents and to over 25 countries. Dr. Ebert has named 40 new species, authored 28 books, including the Sharks of the World and the forthcoming Sharks, Rays, and Chimaeras of Europe and the Mediterranean. Dr. Ebert is the president elect of the American Elasmobranch Society. He serves as an advisor and consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, on Chondrichthyan related issues. His research has been featured on the acclaimed BBC series Shark, Discovery Channel's Shark Week and National Geographic.
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