Rev Fish Biol Fisheries (2008) 18:249–250 DOI 10.1007/s11160-007-9072-8 BOOK REVIEW Robin N. Gibson (Ed.), Flatﬁshes: Biology and Exploitation Blackwell Science, Oxford, 2005, xxiv+391 pp, ISBN: 0-632-05926-5 Andrew C. Seitz Published online: 7 July 2007 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007 Flatﬁshes are one of the more notable orders of ecology, and behavior and the third part describes vertebrates on the planet. Over 700 species occupy exploitation of ﬂatﬁshes including major ﬁsheries, freshwater, estuarine, and saltwater habitats, spanning aquaculture and stock enhancement. from the equator to the poles. Their bilateral asym- This book will be a valuable resource for a variety metry, following a radical metamorphosis as juve- of people in the ﬁelds of ﬁsh and ﬁsheries biology. niles, as well as their uncanny ability to camouﬂage The writing style and target audience is consistent themselves by perfectly matching the substrate on among chapters and should be accessible to under- which they are living, allowed them to diversify and graduate students and professional researchers alike. occupy the niche of a benthic predator. In addition to At 416 pages, the book does not exhaustively cover these unique biological characteristics, ﬂatﬁshes every detail of ﬂatﬁshes, but rather summarizes the provide an important source
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