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Symbiosis in Fishes: The Biology of Interspecific Partnershipsby Ilan Karplus
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Symbiosis between Fishes and Invertebrates provides comprehensive coverage of the biology of partnerships between fishes and invertebrates, ascending the phylogenetic scale, from luminescent bacteria, sponges and coelenterates to molluscs, crustaceans and echinoderms. Both facultative and obligatory partnerships are reviewed with emphasis on the behavioral, ecological and evolutionary aspects of fish symbiosis. Each of the eight chapters of this book focuses on a different group of partners. The structure, physiology and anti-predatory strategies of each group are described to provide the necessary background for the understanding of their partnerships with fishes. The formation of the associations, the degree of partner specificity and its regulation, as well as the benefits and costs for the fishes and their associates, communication between partners and their possible co-evolution are discussed in each chapter.
This is the first attempt to critically review in a single volume all associations of fishes with invertebrates based on the latest studies in these areas, together with studies published many years ago and little cited since then.
Symbiosis between Fishes and Invertebrates provides a huge wealth of information that will be of great use and interest to many life scientists including fish biologists, ecologists, ethologists, aquatic scientists, physiologists and evolutionary biologists. It is hoped that the contents of the book will stimulate many to further research, to fill in the gaps in our knowledge in this fascinating and important subject. Libraries in all universities and research establishments where biological sciences are studied and taught should have copies of this exciting book.
This exciting book provides a series of reviews on the biology of partnerships that fish enjoy with other organisms ascending the phylogenetic scale, from luminescent bacteria up to dolphins and whales. Both temporary and permanent, facultative and obligatory partnerships will be reviewed with emphasis on behavioral, ecological and evolutionary aspects of fish symbioses.
Each of the eight chapters of this book will focus on a different group of partners. The structure and physiology of each group will be described with a view to providing an understanding of the partnership with fishes. The formation of the associations, the degree of partner specificity and its regulation, as well as the benefits and costs for the fishes and their associates, communication between partners and their co-evolution will be discussed in each chapter. Whereas specific topics such as cleaning symbiosis and the clownfish sea anemone partnership have been previously reviewed more than once, many of the partnerships with fishes discussed in this ground breaking book have never been reviewed before. This is the first attempt to critically review in a single volume all associations with fishes, based on the latest studies in these areas, as well as on studies published many years ago and little cited since then. It is hoped that this comprehensive overview will stimulate readers and also further research, to fill-in obvious gaps in our knowledge and increase our understanding.
About the Author
Prof. Ilan Karplus is a senior researcher at the Aquaculture Research Unit of the Volcani Research Center, Israel. He is the author of over eighty peer reviewed publications among them three review papers and a chapter in a book. Over the last thirty years Ilan extensively studied interspecific associations between gobies and burrowing alpheid shrimps, predator recognition among reef fishes, social control of growth in fishes and crustaceans and fish guidance to allow sorting by computer vision.
Table of Contents
2. Luminescent Bacteria.
9. Aquatic Reptiles and Mammals
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