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The Cichlid Fishes : Nature's Grand Experiment In Evolution - George Barlow

The Cichlid Fishes

Nature's Grand Experiment In Evolution

Paperback Published: 1st March 2002
ISBN: 9780738205281
Number Of Pages: 352

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Cichlid fishes are amazing creatures. In terms of sheer number of species, they are the most successful of all families of vertebrate animals, and the extent and speed with which they have evolved in some African lakes has made them the darlings of evolutionary biologists. With warmth and wit, Barlow describes the remarkably high intelligence of these fishes, their complex mating and parenting rituals, their bizarre feeding and fighting habits, and their highly unusual adaptations. A celebration of their diversity, The Cichlid Fishes is also a marvellous exploration of how these animals might help resolve the age-old puzzle of how species arise and evolve.

Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xiii
Introductionp. 1
So, What Is a Cichlid?p. 7
Jaws Twop. 28
Plastic Sexp. 51
Mating Gamesp. 64
Oh Yeah? Put Up Your Fins!p. 90
Cichlid Speakp. 106
Beauty Is Only Fin Deepp. 118
Mating Gets Personalp. 133
How Gametes Meetp. 153
Family Planp. 173
Family Life Gets Complicatedp. 201
Cichlid Factoriesp. 220
Fish at Riskp. 251
Glossaryp. 269
Numerical Guide to Citationsp. 275
Referencesp. 293
Indexp. 317
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ISBN: 9780738205281
ISBN-10: 0738205281
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 1st March 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1