The Biology of Gobies Robert Patzner

ISBN: 9781578084364

Published: September 2nd 2011


685 pages


The Biology of Gobies  by  Robert Patzner

The Biology of Gobies by Robert Patzner
September 2nd 2011 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 685 pages | ISBN: 9781578084364 | 9.63 Mb

Among all vertebrates, gobies are second in diversity only to the teleost family Cyprinidae. The Gobiidae consists of more than 200 genera and nearly 2,000 species and make up the largest family of marine fishes. Gobies account for as much as 50% of the energy flow in coral reef communities.

Their small size, ability to adapt to numerous ecological niches and to be bred in aquaria has led to numerous studies both in the field and laboratory. Gobies are found from above the high tide line to depths of over 1,100 m. Some species are found only within caves, others deep inside sponges, and some others climb waterfalls to return to their native streams. They vary reproductively from gonochoric to hermaphrodite, monogamy to polygyny and promiscuity, some have short life spans and reproduce only once while others have longer life spans reproducing one or more times per year.

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