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.

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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