Freshwater Fishes of Mexico

Robert Rush Miller, W. L. Minckley, and Steven Mark Norris

Freshwater Fishes of Mexico
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Robert Rush Miller, W. L. Minckley, and Steven Mark Norris

652 pages | 96 color plates, 314 halftones, 233 line drawings, 509 maps, 8 tables | 8-1/2 x 11 | © 2005
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780226526041 Published March 2006
Though Mexico is only one-fifth the size of the continental United States, it is home to nearly two-thirds as many freshwater fishes as those that swim the waters of the United States and Canada combined. Mexico's diverse freshwater fauna can be attributed to the country's highly varied physical geography, a wide latitudinal range, the largest river system in middle America, and, ironically, its oceans—many marine groups left the brine for the inland springs and never returned to the sea.

No one knew these Mexican freshwaters or the fish that inhabit them better than the late world-renowned ichthyologist Robert Rush Miller. A pioneer of the field, Miller undertook his first field excursion more than fifty years ago and, in the decades following, amassed the information necessary to write the first encyclopedia of Mexican inland ichthyology. Providing keys to more than 500 native species—accompanied by detailed distribution maps and illustrations—Freshwater Fishes of México offers a historical overview of the country's ichthyology, as well as syntheses of the unique biogeography of Mexican fishes and their current conservation status. Organized by family, the species accounts are supplemented with color galleries containing photographs of live fishes in their native environments and natural habitats. Exploring ecological, biological, and taxonomic issues, the book also considers the evolutionary history of the ichthyofauna itself and the human history of the scientists who researched it during the last several centuries.

The life's work of Robert Rush Miller, the long-awaited Freshwater Fishes of México will be welcomed not only by students of Mexican fishes, but by all ichthyologists working in Central and North America. This book will also find an audience among home aquarium hobbyists, fishery managers, conservation biologists, and environmental planners and managers.
Contents
Foreword by Salvador Contreras-Balderas
Prefacio por Salvador Contreras-Balderas
Foreword by Edwin P. (Phil) Pister
Prefacio por Edwin P. (Phil) Pister
Preface
Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Environments of México
Geography and Geology
Climate and Hydrography
Biotic Provinces

3. Historical Ichthyogeography
W. L. Minckley, Robert Rush Miller, Clyde D. Barbour, Juan J. Schmitter Soto, and Steven Mark Norris
Subcontinental Patterns
Ichthyofauna Provinces

4. History of Mexican Freshwater Ichthyology
Steven Mark Norris and José Luis Castro Aguirre
Early Contributors
Contributors from Abroad
Mexican Contributors
Freshwater Fishes of México

5. Extirpation, Extinction, and Conservation
W. L. Minckley and Robert Rush Miller

6. The Fishes
Scientific and Common Names
Keys to Families of Mexican Freshwater Fishes
Accounts of Species (numbered following Nelson 1994)

2. Family PETROMYZONTIDAE
20. Family CARCHARHINIDAE
36. Family PRISTIDAE
53. Family ACIPENSERIDAE
55. Family LEPISOSTEIDAE
63. Family ELOPIDAE
68. Family ANGUILLIDAE
88. Family ENGRAULIDAE
91. Family CLUPEIDAE
96. Family CYPRINIDAE
98. Family CATOSTOMIDAE
110. Family CHARACIDAE
112. Family ICTALURIDAE
128. Family ARIIDAE
134. Family PIMELODIDAE
149. Family GYMNOTIDAE
189. Family SALMONIDAE
200. Family BYTHITIDAE
215. Family BATRACHOIDIDAE
232. Family MUGILIDAE
236. Family ATHERINOPSIDAE
242. Family BELONIDAE
245. Family HEMIRAMPHIDAE
Family RIVULIDAE
250. Family ANABLEPIDAE
251. Family POECILIIDAE
252. Family GOODEIDAE
253. Family CYPRINODONTIDAE
278. Family GASTEROSTEIDAE
281. Family SYNGNATHIDAE
287. Family SYNBRANCHIDAE
306. Family COTTIDAE
315. Family CENTROPOMIDAE
330. Family CENTRARCHIDAE
331. Family PERCIDAE
344. Family CARANGIDAE
350. Family LUTJANIDAE
352. Family GERREIDAE
353. Family HAEMULIDAE
360. Family SCIAENIDAE
387. Family CICHLIDAE
421. Family DACTYLOSCOPIDAE
427. Family GOBIESOCIDAE
432. Family ELEOTRIDAE
433. Family GOBIIDAE
468. Family PARALICHTHYIDAE
471. Family ACHIRIDAE
Appendix. Original Descriptions and Type Localities for Native, Inland, Mexican Fishes
Glossary, Abbreviations, and Acronyms
Literature Cited
Authors and Contributors
Scientific Names Index
Author Index
Subject Index

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