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Freshwater Fishes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781785481383, 9780081011416

Freshwater Fishes

1st Edition

250 Million Years of Evolutionary History

Author: Lionel Cavin
Hardcover ISBN: 9781785481383
eBook ISBN: 9780081011416
Imprint: ISTE Press - Elsevier
Published Date: 23rd May 2017
Page Count: 214
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With more than 15,000 species, nearly a quarter of the total number of vertebrate species on Earth, freshwater fishes are extremely varied. They include the largest fish species, the beluga at over 7 meters long, and the smallest, the Paedocypris at just 8 millimeters, as well as the carnivorous, such as the piranha, and the calm, such as the Chinese algae eater. Certain species evolve rapidly, cichlids for example, while others transform very slowly, like lungfish. The fossils of these animals are very diverse in nature, sometimes just small scattered bones where sites correspond to ancient river beds or magnificent fossils of entire fish where there was once a lake.

This book covers the history of these fishes over the last 250 million years by exploring the links between their biological evolution and the paleogeographic and environmental transformations of our planet, whether these be gradual or sudden.

Key Features

  • Gathers and synthetizes data from a vast number of publications regarding past freshwater assemblages and several fish lineages that invaded freshwaters
  • Describes the work of the author's own team, concerning fauna from the Cretaceous of France, Morocco, and Thailand
  • Presents the recent results of the tempo of diversification in freshwater environments and the evolutionary histories of clades and gar lineages


Biologists working on freshwater environments, paleoichthyologists; Paleontologists in general, ichthyologists, geologists working on paleoenvironments

Table of Contents

  1. Environments freshwater and freshwater fish
    2. Environments and fauna Mesozoic and Cenozoic freshwater
    3. Freshwater fish faunas of the Mesozoic
    4. Freshwater fish faunas of the Cenozoic
    5. Evolutionary history of freshwater fish
    6. Evolutionary mechanisms in freshwater environments


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About the Author

Lionel Cavin

Lionel Cavin is a paleontologist and curator at the Natural History Museum of Geneva in Switzerland. His research covers all aspects of the evolutionary history of Osteichthyes (bony fish), their anatomy, phylogenetics, paleobiogeography and paleoecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Natural History Museum, Geneva, Switzerland

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