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Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation, Second Edition

  • Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation, Second Edition

Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation, Second Edition

Robin N. Gibson, Richard D.M. Nash, Audrey J. Geffen, Henk W. Van der Veer

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Fascinating and instantly recognizable, flatfishes are unique in their asymmetric postlarval body form. With over 800 extant species recognized and a distribution stretching around the globe, these fishes are of considerable research interest and provide a major contribution to commercial and recreational fisheries worldwide

This second edition ofFlatfishesBiology and Exploitation has been completely revised, updated and enlarged to respond to the ever-growing body of research. It provides:

  • Overviews of systematics, distribution, life history strategies, reproduction, recruitment, ecology and behaviour
  • Descriptions of the major fisheries and their management
  • An assessment of the synergies between ecological and aquaculture research of flatfishes.

Carefully compiled and edited by four internationally-known scientists and with chapters written by many world leaders in the field, this excellent new edition of a very popular and successful book is essential reading for fish biologists, fisheries scientists, marine biologists, aquaculture personnel, ecologists, environmental scientists, and government workers in fisheries and fish and wildlife departments. Flatfishes: Biology and Exploitation, Second Edition, should be found in all libraries of research establishments and universities where life sciences, fish biology, fisheries, aquaculture, marine sciences, oceanography, ecology and environmental sciences are studied and taught.

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Author Robin N. Gibson, Richard D.M. Nash, Audrey J. Geffen, Henk W. Van der Veer
Availability In Print
Dimensions No
Extent 576 Pages
ISBN 9781118501191
Publication date January 2015
Book Type Hardcover


List of contributors

Series editor’s foreword

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first edition


  1. Introduction 
  2. Systematic diversity of the Pleuronectiformes 
  3. Distributions and biogeography
  4. Life-history traits in flatfishes
  5. Ecology of reproduction 
  6. The planktonic stages of flatfishes: physical and biological interactions in transport processes 
  7. Development and regulation of external asymmetry during flatfish metamorphosis 
  8. Recruitment level and variability 
  9. Age and growth
  10. Distribution and dynamics of habitat use by juvenile and adult flatfishes
  11. The trophic ecology of flatfishes 
  12. The behaviour of flatfishes 
  13. Atlantic flatfish fisheries 

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