Sharks of the World

Sharks of the World : A Fully Illustrated Guide

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Sharks of the World is the essential book for everyone interested in sharks, from the expert requiring a major reference work, to the layperson fascinated by their beauty, biology and diversity.Packed with unique colour illustrations, line drawings and photographs, well-presented and easy to use, this book is currently the only single guide to cover over 500 of the world's shark species. It incorporates the most recent taxonomic revisions of many shark families, featuring not only many species that were only described in recent years, but several more that are still awaiting their scientific names.Its production is timely. Overfishing and the shark fin trade have pushed sharks into the most threatened categories of marine animals. Their depletion has serious implications for the stability of marine ecosystems. Some species are now listed in international environmental agreements, including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and they are becoming a management priority for many Regional Fisheries Management Organisations.
Implementation of conservation and fisheries management measures, and international trade regulation is impossible without a good identification guide.Sharks of the World is the end product of well over a decade of collaboration between David Ebert, Sarah Fowler and Leonard Compagno (globally-recognised experts in shark taxonomy, identification, biology and shark conservation policy and status) and the renowned natural history illustrator, Marc Dando - pooling a total of over 100 years of professional engagement in this field.
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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 215 x 229 x 38mm | 1,753g
  • Plymouth, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1500 line, 100 colour illustrations, 75 colour plates
  • 0957394608
  • 9780957394605
  • 203,877

Table of contents

Acknowledgements 7Photographic credits 8Foreword by John Stevens 9Introduction 11 How to use this book 12 Topography 13 What is a shark? 16The evolution of fishes 18Biology 20 Body structure 20 Skeleton 22 Skin and scales 24 Teeth and jaws 25 Movement 28 Respiration and circulation 30 Senses 32 Feeding and digestion 35 Life history 38 Behaviour 42 Research 43 Genetics 45Sharks and people 46 Shark legends 47 Fisheries 48 Utilisation 51 Shark encounters 54 Conservation and management 55Key to orders and families of living sharks 59Species accounts 66 Order Hexanchiformes: Frilled and cow sharks 66 Family Chlamydoselachidae: Frilled sharks 66 Family Hexanchidae: Cow sharks 67 Order Echinorhiniformes: Bramble sharks 70 Family Echinorhinidae: Bramble sharks 70 Order Squaliformes: Dogfish sharks 73 Family Squalidae: Dogfish sharks 80 Family Centrophoridae: Gulper sharks 100 Family Etmopteridae: Lanternsharks 120 Family Somniosidae: Sleeper sharks 150 Family Oxynotidae: Roughsharks 162 Family Dalatiidae: Kitefin sharks 165 Order Pristiophoriformes: Sawsharks 178 Family Pristiophoridae: Sawsharks 178 Order Squatiniformes: Angelsharks 183 Family Squatinidae: Angelsharks 183 Order Heterodontiformes: Bullhead sharks 202 Family Heterodontidae: Bullhead or horn sharks 202 Order Lamniformes: Mackerel sharks 213 Family Mitsukurinidae: Goblin Shark 216 Family Odontaspididae: Sandtiger sharks 217 Family Pseudocarchariidae: Crocodile Shark 219 Family Megachasmidae: Megamouth Shark 219 Family Cetorhinidae: Basking Shark 222 Family Alopiidae: Thresher sharks 223 Family Lamnidae: Mackerel sharks 227 Order Orectolobiformes: Carpetsharks 233 Family Parascylliidae: Collared carpetsharks 233 Family Brachaeluridae: Blind sharks 240 Family Orectolobidae: Wobbegongs 241 Family Hemiscylliidae: Longtailed carpetsharks 258 Family Stegostomatidae: Zebra Shark 268 Family Ginglymostomatidae: Nurse sharks 269 Family Rhincodontidae: Whale Shark 272 Order Carcharhiniformes: Ground sharks 274 Family Scyliorhinidae: Catsharks 275 Family Proscylliidae: Finback catsharks 385 Family Pseudotriakidae: False catsharks 390 Family Leptochariidae: Barbeled Houndshark 393 Family Triakidae: Houndsharks 406 Family Hemigaleidae: Weasel sharks 431 Family Carcharhinidae: Requiem sharks 438 Family Sphyrnidae: Hammerhead sharks 501Appendices 510 Glossary 510 Oceans and seas 516 Field observations 518 Fin identification 520Further reading 523Scientific societies and conservation organisations 523Other sources of online information 523Index 524
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