Peacock Bass: Diversity and Natural History of Tropical Predators is a unique reference that not only describes the diversity and natural history of the species, but also its ecology and socioeconomic importance. The book is written in an easy to follow language, allowing readers at any level to understand morphology, genetics and evolutionary relationships. Fundamental information on the peacock bass species is provided, including its ecological role, diversity and fisheries management. As the popularity of peacock bass as aquarium fishes has increased, biologists are interested in the important ecological role they play as top predators in biodiverse rivers and lakes.
This book is essential to fisheries scientists, managers and conservationists in commercial and subsistence fisheries, but will also be of value to biologists.
- Includes beautiful color photographs taken during field research
- Presents research vignettes to engage both scientists and laypersons
- Discusses feeding, cannibalism and effects on food webs
- Provides field maps and diagrams
1. The alluring peacock bass Introductory vignette Natural history Competitors, predators and parasites Traits useful for identification of peacock bass species 2. Butterfly peacock bass, Cichla ocellaris (Bloch and Schneider 1801) 3. Orinoco butterfly peacock bass, Cichla orinocensis 4. Royal peacock bass, Cichla intermedia 5. Speckled peacock bass, Cichla temensis 6. Pinima peacock bass, Cichla pinima 7. Blue peacock bass, Cichla piquiti 8. Xingu peacock bass, Cichla melaniae 9. Fire peacock bass, Cichla mirianae
Kirk O. Winemiller?is an American ecologist, known for research on community ecology, life history theory, food webs, aquatic ecosystems, tropical ecology and fish biology. A strong interest has been convergent evolution and patterns, causes and consequences of biological diversity, particularly with respect to fishes. His research also has addressed the influence of hydrology on the ecological dynamics of fluvial ecosystems and applications of this knowledge for managing aquatic biodiversity and freshwater resources in the United States and other regions of the world. He currently is a University Distinguished Professor and Regents Professor at?Texas A&M University?and an Elected Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, American Fisheries Society and the?American Association for the Advancement of Science. Winemiller has produced more than 240 scientific papers and 25 book chapters on topics ranging from food web ecology to the evolutionary ecology of fishes and heads the Winemiller Lab
Winemiller, Leslie C. Kelso
Leslie C. Kelso Winemiller is a Senior Lecturer and Professor Honoree at the University of Texas A&M, College of Science. She has ~30 years of teaching experience and was awarded an Exceptional Professor and Mentor Award. She is an invited speaker and expert in Peacock Bass and has published in several journals.
Montana, Carmen G.
Carmen G. Montana is a Research Professor for the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University. He has ~10 years of research and teaching experience and has received 14 fellowships and awards. He has published ~20 review articles and has contributed to book chapters in three publications.