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A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World


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Acknowledgements 4 Introduction 5 How to use this book 10 Topography 11 Tooth guide 14 Fin guide 20 Key to orders and families of living sharks 28 Species accounts 41 Frilled and cow sharks Order Hexanchiformes 42 Bramble sharks Order Echinorhiniformes 46 Dogfish sharks Order Squaliformes 46 Sawsharks Order Pristiophoriformes 84 Angelsharks Order Squatiniformes 85 Bullhead sharks Order Heterodontiformes 96 Mackerel sharks Order Lamniformes 97 Carpetsharks Order Orectolobiformes 112 Ground sharks Order Carcharhiniformes 132 Glossary 224 Oceans and seas 229 Field observations 231 Further reading 235 Scientific societies and conservation organisations 236 Other sources of online information 236 Species checklist 237 Index 249

About the Author

David A. Ebert is the program director for the Pacific Shark Research Center and a research faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. Sarah Fowler cofounded the UK Shark Trust and the European Elasmobranch Association. She has been a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group since 1992 and is currently vice-chair of international treaties. Marc Dando is a freelance artist specializing in marine ecology and wildlife.


"This well-organized, well-written guide is ideal for scholars, professionals, and enthusiasts."--Library Journal "Almost anyone can identify a fish as a shark because of its general body shape, but many of the 501 shark species look so similar that the species are difficult to separate. Though there are many reference works on sharks, none fit the definition of a pocket guide. Producing such a work is not easy. Ebert, Fowler, and Dando deserve to be congratulated. They have created an ideal guidebook that contains the essential information for species identification and, most important, superbly illustrates each species in color."--Choice "Elegantly illustrated in much the same fashion as well-known bird and mammal books, A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World is a great addition to the library of both the armchair traveler, like me, who rarely travels, and the intrepid traveler, who is rarely at home."--Gabriel Thoumi, Monga Bay "This is a great book to show that there is much more than the myths of great white sharks attacking swimmers... Everything you need to know about these sea creatures is in this guide."--Dave Lewis, Birds from Behind Blog

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