Now available in paperback, the first comprehensive reference on Great White sharks separates fact from fiction and presents real evidence of the ecology and behavior of these remarkable animals. The volume begins with the evolution of the white shark and its relatives and continues with sections on its anatomy, behavior, ecology, distribution, population dynamics, and interactions with humans. Included in the volume are many illustrations, maps, diagrams, graphs and photos.

Key Features

@introbul:Key Features @bul:* Covers all biological aspects of Great White sharks * Includes contributions from an international team of leading authorities * Heavily illustrated with maps, diagrams, graphs, and photos


Marine scientists, ichthyologists, marine mammal specialists, fisheries biologists and ecologists interested in "top predator" biology.

Table of Contents

Contributors. Acknowledgments. Introduction: A.P. Klimley and D.G. Ainley, White Shark Research in the Past: A Perspective. R.C. Murphy, A Plea for White Shark Conservation. Evolution: G. Hubell, Using Tooth Structure to Determine the Evolutionary History of the White Shark. S.P. Applegate and L. Espinosa-Arrubarrena, The Fossil History of Carcharodon and Its Possible Ancestor, Cretolamna: A Study in Tooth Identification. D.J. Long and B.M. Waggoner, Evolutionary Relationships of the White Shark: A Phylogeny of Lamniform Sharks Based on Dental Morphology. A.P. Martin, Systematics of the Lamnidae and the Origination Time of Carcharodon carcharias Inferred from the Comparative Analysis of Mitochondrial DNA Sequences. M.D. Gottfried, L.J.V. Compagno, and S.C. Bowman, Size and Skeletal Anatomy of the Giant "Megatooth" Shark Carcharodon megalodon. R.W. Purdy, Paleoecology of Fossil White Sharks. Anatomy: H.F. Mollet and G.M. Cailliet, Using Allometry to Predict Body Mass from Linear Measurements of the White Shark. H.F. Mollet, G.M. Cailliet, A.P. Klimley, D.A. Ebert, A.D. Testi, and L.J.V. Compagno, A Review of Length Validation Methods and Protocols to Measure Large White Sharks. Physiology: K.J. Goldman, S.D. Anderson, J.E. McCosker, and A.P. Klimley, Temperature, Swimming Depth, and Movements of a White Shark at the South Farallon Islands, California. L.S. Demski and R.Gl. Northcutt, The Brain and Cranial Nerves of the White Shark: An Evolutionary Perspective. H.L. Pratt, Jr., Reproduction in the Male White Shark.


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About the editors

A. Klimley

Affiliations and Expertise

University of California, Davis, U.S.A.

David Ainley

Affiliations and Expertise

H.T. Harvey & Associates, Alviso, California, U.S.A.


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