Book review: James S. Diana. Biology and Ecology of Fishes, 2nd edition. Biological Sciences Press, Cooper Publishing Group, Traverse City, Michigan, USA, 498 pp. 2004

Book review: James S. Diana. Biology and Ecology of Fishes, 2nd edition. Biological Sciences... Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries 13: 458, 2003. Book review James S. Diana. Biology and Ecology of Fishes, 2nd tion processes.’’ Diana has done a commendable edition. Biological Sciences Press, Cooper Pub- job meeting this goal and includes examples from lishing Group, Traverse City, Michigan, USA, 498 freshwater and marine species. Concepts and pp. 2004 examples are well integrated throughout the book and Diana has done a good job drawing connec- In the 2nd edition of Biology and Ecology of Fishes, tions and building from individual based studies of James Diana has produced a very solid and read- energetics, transitioning to population level con- able textbook for upper level undergraduate or cepts, and finally transitioning into community introductory graduate courses on fish ecology. level dynamics. Diana uses a case study approach to explore eco- As designed by the author, the book is not an logical concepts using fish as the model organism. exhaustive review of all literature related to each As such, this text would be most appropriate for use topic. Rather, Diana has limited citations and ref- in an introduction to fish ecology course that fol- erences to the minimum required to illustrate a lows a course in general ecology. Students who have concept. As a result, the text is very easy to read had a general ecology course will be able to draw and provides an excellent opportunity to introduce connections and identify the applicability of gen- undergraduate students to scientific literature so eral ecology to fish populations and communities. that it is not intimidating. Paired with the original The book begins with a very brief chapter publications that Diana references, this book could introducing aquatic ecosystems and a cursory be used as a tutorial in reading scientific literature. This edition has been updated to include many description of productivity, fish communities, and recent references (up to 2003). There are few edi- trophic relationships in lakes, streams, and marine torial or typographical errors, but in one case a systems. In the next five chapters, Diana intro- study using pop-up satellite tags on tuna in the duces energy budgets, metabolism, digestion and Atlantic Ocean is introduced as a study of Atlantic nutrition, growth, and bioenergetic models. These salmon. The figures are well designed and selected chapters are particularly well developed. The Hutchinsonian niche and Fry Paradigm are then to compliment the text and illustrate key points. discussed as an introduction to chapters focusing Overall, I would recommend this textbook. It on competition, population dynamics, foraging provides an important application of ecological behavior, optimal foraging, predation, social principles to fishes and will serve to whet the behavior, migration, reproductive strategies, and appetite of students interested in studying fish early life history. Following a brief introduction to ecology, or will serve as a good introduction to fish the role of temperature in defining fish distribution ecology for students pursuing fishery management and thermal guilds, Diana discusses fish commu- or other disciplines. nities in lakes, streams, tropical rivers, and coral reefs. Finally, the last three chapters cover harvest, CHRISTIAN HRISTIAN E. ZIM IMMERM MERMA AN N ecological change in the Laurentian Great Lakes, U.S. Geological Survey and conservation of freshwater fishes. Alaska Science Center As Diana states in the preface, ‘‘This book 1011 E. Tudor Rd. emphasizes how fish deal with environmental Anchorage, AK 99503 conditions in their survival, growth, and popula- USA Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries Springer Journals

Book review: James S. Diana. Biology and Ecology of Fishes, 2nd edition. Biological Sciences Press, Cooper Publishing Group, Traverse City, Michigan, USA, 498 pp. 2004

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