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Fishes of Antarctica: A Biological Overview
By Andrew Clarke (editor), Eva Pisano (editor) and Guido Di Prisco (editor)
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Publisher Springer Verlag
Publication date October 21, 2012
Pages 374
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9788847021822
ISBN-10 8847021820
Dimensions 0 by 6.10 by 9.25 in.
Original list price $129.00
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Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description: The Antarctic fish fauna has evolved over a long period of geographic and climatic isolation. In the course of this evolution, Antarctic fish have developed specialized adaptations, some of which characterize these organisms as unique. In strong contrast to the continental shelf faunas elsewhere, the Antarctic shelf ichthyofauna is dominated by a single highly endemic group, the Notothenioidei. This group of perciform fish probably first appeared and diversified in the early Tertiary. The development of the Polar Front (referred to as the Antarctic Convergence in the older literature) resulted in a natural oceanographic barrier to migration in either direction, and thus became a key factor in the evolution of Antarctic fish. The dominance of the Antarctic continental shelf fauna by a single taxonomic group of fish provides a simplified natural laboratory for exploring the wealth of physiological, biochemical and ecological adaptations that characterize the fauna. Understanding of the patterns of adaptation in this highly specialized group of fish can tell us much about of evolution.

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With Eva Pisano (other contributor), Guido Di Prisco (other contributor) | from Springer Verlag (October 21, 2012)
9788847021822 | details & prices | 374 pages | List price $129.00
About: The Antarctic fish fauna has evolved over a long period of geographic and climatic isolation.

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