- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (April 22, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520255429
- ISBN-13: 978-0520255425
- Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.9 x 1.6 inches
Publication Date: April 22, 2009 | ISBN-10: 0520255429 | ISBN-13: 978-0520255425 | Edition: 1
No environment on Earth imposes greater physical and biological constraints on life than the deep oceanic midwaters. Near-freezing temperatures, the absence of sunlight, enormous pressure, and a low food supply make habitation by any living thing almost inconceivable. Yet 160 species of anglerfishes are found there in surprising profusion. Monstrous in appearance, anglerfishes possess a host of unique and spectacular morphological, behavioral, and physiological innovations. In this fully illustrated book, the first to focus on these intriguing fish, Theodore W. Pietsch delivers a comprehensive summary of all that is known about anglerfishes--morphology, diversity, evolution, geographic distribution, bioluminescence, and reproduction.