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Biodiversity dynamics and conservation : the freshwater fish of tropical Africa

Author: C Lévêque
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Digitally printed 1st pbk. versionView all editions and formats
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We must understand how biodiversity is maintained before ways of reducing human impact can be found. This comprehensive book uses tropical African fish to show how biological diversity evolved and  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: C Lévêque
ISBN: 0521031974 9780521031974 0521031974
OCLC Number: 84904354
Notes: "First published 1997"--Title page verso.
Description: xiii, 438 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Diversity of African Freshwater Fish: 1. The diversity and variability of freshwater ecosystems in tropical Africa; 2. The fish fauna of Africa; 3. Genetic diversity and mechanisms of speciation; Part II. The Past as a Key to Understanding the Present: 4. Species diversity: evolution at work; 5. Classification of diversity; 6. Chance and challenge in a changing environment; Part III. The Diverse Lifestyles of African Freshwater Fish: 7. Diversity of growth and feeding behaviours; 8. Diversity of reproductive strategies and life histories; 9. Diversity of responses to environmental constraints; Part IV. Dynamics of Fish Assemblages: 10. Fish assemblages in tropical Africa; 11. Equilibrium processes of species richness and diversity; 12. Diversity of habitats, temporal change and assemblage dynamics; 13. Fish diversity and ecosystem functioning; Part V. Conservation of Biodiversity: 14. The threats to fish biodiversity; 15. The economic role of fish biodiversity; 16. Conservation options; Bibliography; Species index; Subject index.
Responsibility: Christian Lévêque.
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