Oceanic anglerfishes: extraordinary diversity in the deep sea.

Oceanic anglerfishes: extraordinary diversity in the deep sea. Theodore W. Pietsch.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009. Quarto, dustwrapper, colour photographs, black and white photographs, line drawings, maps.

WAS $170. No environment on Earth imposes greater physical and biological constraints on life than the deep oceanic midwaters. Near-freezing temperatures, the absence of sunlight, enormous pressure, and a low food supply make habitation by any living thing almost inconceivable. Yet, 160 species of anglerfishes are found there in surprising profusion. Monstrous in appearance, anglerfishes possess a host of unique and spectacular morphological, behavioural, and physiological innovations. In this fully illustrated book, the first to focus on these intriguing fish, Theodore W. Pietsch delivers a comprehensive summary of all that is known about anglerfishes - morphology, diversity, evolution, geographic distribution, bioluminescence, and reproduction.

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