Ecology and evolution of Poeciliid fishes.

Stock ID 32633 Ecology and evolution of Poeciliid fishes. Jonathan P. Evans.

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011. Quarto, laminated boards, black and white photographs, line drawings.

The history of biology is populated by numerous model species or organisms. But few vertebrate groups have aided evolutionary and ecological research more than the live-bearing fishes of the family Poeciliidae. Found throughout tropical and subtropical waters, poeciliids exhibit a fascinating variety of reproductive specializations, including viviparity, matrotrophy, unisexual reproduction, and alternative mating strategies, making them ideal models for research on patterns and processes in ecology, behaviour, and evolution. This book is a much-needed overview of the scientific potential and understanding of these live-bearing fishes. Chapters by leading researchers take up a wide range of topics, including the evolution of unisexual reproduction, life in extreme environments, life-history, evolution, and genetics.

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