Rev Fish Biol Fisheries (2007) 17:57 DOI 10.1007/s11160-006-9035-5 BOOK REVIEW Graham S. Proudlove, Subterranean ﬁshes of the world. An account of the subterranean (hypogean) ﬁshes described to 2003 with a bibliography 1541–2004 International Society for Subterranean Biology, Moulis, 2006, ISBN 10 2-9527084-0-1, ISBN 13 978-2-9527084-0-1, www.speleobooks.com (USA), www.cave.org (USA), www.speleoprojects.com (Switzerland), www.nhbs.co.uk (UK), www.stevensimpsonbooks.com (UK) Horst Wilkens Published online: 30 December 2006 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006 During the past 50 years, research on cave and key references. Almost all of the descriptions animals has become an important topic of scien- are accompanied by a hand drawn ﬁgure (87 in tiﬁc studies. Living under the conditions of total), which gives a good impression of the absolute darkness has produced a series of spe- curious phenotypes evolving in darkness. Twenty ciﬁc adaptations and cave animals have become colour plates strengthen this impression. A an important tool for studies of general ecological checklist of subterranean ﬁshes of the world in and evolutionary questions. The most conspicu- systematic order presents important taxonomic ous characteristics, eyelessness and loss of pig- information. Separate chapters deal with the rare mentation, are mostly in the centre of interest. co-occurrence of cave ﬁsh species as well as Research articles on cave animals have since long systematic and geographic distribution. Endan- entered distinguished scientiﬁc journals. Besides germent and conservation status report on the amphibians, ﬁsh represent the only group of different reasons of threat as well as on captive vertebrates, in which species are found having populations. As the evolution of cave animals been able to colonize and to exist in such a starts with preadapted forms, it is more than strange environment. reasonable to add a chapter on non-stygobitic Graham Proudlove presents an account of the ﬁshes found in dark habitats. A comprehensive subterranean ﬁshes described up to 2005. Cave bibliography of cave ﬁsh literature published ﬁsh now comprise more than 135 species distrib- between 1541 and 2004 contains upward of 1600 uted all over the world with the exception of entries. Europe and Antarctica. For each of these species, This book presents a large amount of informa- this book presents very valuable information on tion on this important part of cave life. It is an systematics and taxonomy, localisation of the type essential book for every scientist, dealing with material, geographical and systematic distribution ichthyology, cave ecology and the evolution of of the species, its habitat, the conservation status troglobitic animals in general. H. Wilkens (&) Zoologisches Institut und Zoologisches Museum, University of Hamburg, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, 20146 Hamburg, Germany e-mail: email@example.com
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