Chapter

Introduction

Theodore W. Pietsch

in Oceanic Anglerfishes

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255425
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942554 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520255425.003.0009
Introduction

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This chapter presents a classification of Ceratioidei for readers who require more detailed systematic information than provided on the main body of the book. An explanation of the methods employed in applying names to the various taxa and in gathering and analyzing data is followed by a descriptive account of each of the 11 families, 35 genera, and 160 recognized species of the suborder. To provide historical context for the taxa presently recognized, each account includes a complete annotated synonymy of names, with references to all pertinent scientific and popular literature, and a list of material examined. This is followed by a diagnosis (a concise summary of distinguishing characters), a description, summary of geographic distribution and recorded depth, and, when applicable, comments on geographic variation, ontogenetic change, sexual maturity, habitat preference, problems of identification, and nomenclatural difficulties. Identification of any individual ceratioid may be made by comparing it to the figures and descriptions, but more accurately by the use of the dichotomous keys.

Keywords: Ceratioidei; families; genera; species

Chapter.  4966 words. 

Subjects: Aquatic Biology

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