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Continental Shelf and Upper Slope

M. JAMES ALLEN

in The Ecology of Marine Fishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2006 | ISBN: 9780520246539
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932470 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246539.003.0007
Continental Shelf and Upper Slope

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Because of the importance of the soft-bottom fish fauna to fisheries and to environmental assessments, the biology and ecology of the fauna have been relatively well studied. However, although the fauna has been relatively well studied off California and Pacific Baja California, there is no overall summary of the soft-bottom fish fauna and its ecology for the entire region. This chapter summarizes what is known about the ecology of the soft-bottom fish fauna of the continental shelf and upper slope of the California and the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula. It begins with an overview of the physical conditions of the habitat, followed by overviews of scientific study, sampling methods, the soft-bottom fish fauna of the Californias (e.g., taxonomic composition, biogeography, morphology, life-history traits, assemblages, and community organization). It also compares this fauna to similar faunas elsewhere in the world, and ends with prospects for future research.

Keywords: Baja California; soft-bottom fish; California; fish assemblages; taxonomic composition; biogeography

Chapter.  27309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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