Interrelationships of Fishes

1st Edition

Editors: Melanie Stiassny Lynne Parenti G. Johnson
Hardcover ISBN: 9780126709506
eBook ISBN: 9780080534923
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th October 1996
Page Count: 496
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Comprising by far the largest and most diverse group of vertebrates, fishes occupy a broad swathe of habitats ranging from the deepest ocean abyss to the highest mountain lakes. Such incredible ecological diversity and the resultant variety in lifestyle, anatomy, physiology and behavior, make unraveling the evolutionary history of fishes a daunting task.

The successor of a classic volume by the same title, Interrelationships of Fishes, provides the latest in the "state of the art" of systematics and classification for many of the major groups of fishes. In providing a sound phylogenetic framework from leading authorities in the field, this book is an indispensable reference for a broad range of biologists, especially students of fish behavior, anatomy, physiology, molecular biology, genetics and ecology--in fact, anyone who wishes to interpret their work on fishes in an evolutionary context.

Key Features

  • Provides thorough and comprehensive treatment of the Phylogency of fishes
  • Assembles an International team of expert contributors
  • Useful to a wide variety of fish biologists


Ideal for marine scientists, ichthyologists, animal behaviorists, fishery biologists, and ecologists interested in fish evolution

Table of Contents

An Annotated Bibliography of the Work of Colin Patterson. Morphology, Characters and the Interrelationships of Basal Sarcopterygians. Phylogenetic Interrelationships of the Living Euselachians (Chondrichthys). Higher-Level Elasmobranch Phylogeny, Basal Squaleans and Paraphyly.Interrelationships of the Batoid Fishes (Chondrichthyes:Batoidea). Interrelationships of Basal Neopterygians. Interrelationships of Acipenseriformes, With Comments on "Chondrostei" Teleostean Monophyly. Phylogeny of Osteoglossomorpha. Interrelationships of Elopomorph Fishes. Clupeomorpha, Sistergroup of Ostariophysi. Interrelationships of Ostariophysan Fishes (Teleostei). Relationships of Lower Euteleostean Fishes. Interrelationships of Somiiform Fishes. Aulopiform Interrelationships. Basal Ctenosquamate Relationships and the Interrelationships. Basal Ctenosquamate Relationships and the Interrelationships of the Myctophiform Fishes. Phylogenetic Significance of He Pectoral/Pelvic Fin Association in Acanthomorph Fishes: A Reassessment Using Comparative Neuroanatomy.


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About the Editor

Melanie Stiassny

Affiliations and Expertise

American Museum of Natural History, NY, USA

Lynne Parenti

Affiliations and Expertise

National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA

G. Johnson

Affiliations and Expertise

National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, USA


@qu:"For anyone interested in ichthyology and fish systematics, this book will serve as a key reference, since it provides a comprehensive review of phylogenetic relationships of major groups of fishes. The classifications presented are written by experts in each group, thus providing the most up-to-date thinking on these groups. Well-referenced to the technical literature. Elegantly serves as a starting point for new research studies." @source:—Joerg-Henner Lotze in NORTHEASTERN NATURALIST (2001) @qu:"Anyone needing to understand the evolutionary relationships of fishes will find the information and conclusions in this volume essential. Interpretations may change, but the information presented here will be permanently useful." @source:--SCIENCE (1997) @qu:"...a comprehensive overview... The authors are to be congratulated...this book stands as an impressive testament to the exquisite anatomical work of palaeoichthyologists in the past forty years." @source:--Michael J. Benton in JOURNAL OF EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY (1997) @qu:"With its wide scope, modern techniques of analysis, new phylogenetic schemes for many groups of fishes, uniform style for most papers, and a number of character lists and matrices... this book will be required reading for all researchers in fish taxonomy and phylogenetics, and will be a valuable addition for all libraries." @source:--R. Hitchin in ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY (1997) @qu:"The past few decades have been very exciting times in ichthyology, and this book brings that excitement to the reader. Ichthyologists can see the maturity of the field as well as the solid basis for future research... The three editors have done a superb job along with the authors in presenting a new version of the original Interrelationships of Fishes... This book has a very attractive cover and is sturdily bound, well illust