The Ocean Sunfishes: Evolution, Biology and Conservation

Tierney M. Thys, Graeme C. Hays, Jonathan D. R. Houghton
CRC Press, 10 déc. 2020 - 310 pages

The Ocean Sunfishes: Evolution, Biology and Conservation is the first book to gather into one comprehensive volume our fundamental knowledge of the world-record holding, charismatic ocean behemoths in the family Molidae. From evolution and phylogeny to biotoxins, biomechanics, parasites, husbandry and popular culture, it outlines recent and future research from leading sunfish experts worldwide This synthesis includes diet, foraging behavior, migration and fisheries bycatch and overhauls long-standing and outdated perceptions. This book provides the essential go-to resource for both lay and academic audiences alike and anyone interested in exploring one of the ocean’s most elusive and captivating group of fishes.


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Table des matières

1 Evolution and Fossil Record of the Ocean Sunfishes
2 Phylogeny Taxonomy and Size Records of Ocean Sunfishes
5 Locomotory Systems and Biomechanics of Ocean Sunfish
6 Reproductive Biology of the Ocean Sunfishes
Detections Identification and Predation
8 Movements and Foraging Behavior of Ocean Sunfish
10 Parasites of the Ocean Sunfishes
11 Biotoxins Trace Elements and Microplastics in the Ocean Sunfishes Molidae
12 Fisheries Interactions Distribution Modeling and Conservation Issues of the Ocean Sunfishes
Husbandry of the Ocean Sunfish Mola mola
14 Ocean Sunfishes and Society
15 Unresolved Questions About Ocean Sunfishes MolidaeA Family Comprising Some of the Worlds Largest Teleosts
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9 The Diet and Trophic Role of Ocean Sunfishes

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Dr. Tierney M. Thys is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California USA. She has been captivated by the molids since the 1990s and was a member of the first team to successfully satellite tag Mola mola in the wild. She has research sites in South America and California and runs and the Adopt a Sunfish Project. Dr. Thys received her B.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. from Duke University.

Dr. Graeme C. Hays is the Alfred Deakin Professor of Marine Science at Deakin University, Australia. He has a long-standing interest in the movements and ecology of marine megafauna, pioneering the use of satellite tracking in the early 1990s, a technique that is now very widely used across studies with marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish. Since encountering ocean sunfish during fieldwork on the west coast of Ireland, he has been fascinated by these extraordinary fish.

Dr. Jonathan D.R. Houghton is a Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology (i.e. Associate Professor) based at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland. His lab group focuses on the movement and foraging ecology of pelagic species from leatherback sea turtles, basking sharks and ocean sunfish through to deep oceanic jellyfish. These efforts center on marine conservation across Europe, the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and the Galápagos Islands.

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