Rays of the World

Hardback - December 2016 - AU $220.00

The first illustrated guide to the over 630 known species of rays found on the planet.

Rays are among the largest fishes and evolved from shark-like ancestors nearly 200 million years ago. They share with sharks many life history traits: all species are carnivores or scavengers; all reproduce by internal fertilisation; and all have similar morphological and anatomical characteristics, such as skeletons built of cartilage. Rays of the World is the first complete pictorial atlas of the world’s ray fauna and includes information on many species only recently discovered by scientists while undertaking research for the book. It includes all 26 families and 633 valid named species of rays, but additional undescribed species exist for many groups. + Full description

Rays of the World features a unique collection of paintings of all living species by Australian natural history artist Lindsay Marshall, compiled as part of a multinational research initiative, the Chondrichthyan Tree of Life Project. Images sourced from around the planet were used by the artist to illustrate the fauna. This comprehensive overview of the world’s ray fauna summarises information such as general identifying features and distributional information about these iconic, but surprisingly poorly known, fishes. It will enable readers to gain a better understanding of the rich diversity of rays and promote wider public interest in the group.

Rays of the World is an ideal reference for a wide range of readers, including conservationists, fishery managers, scientists, fishers, divers, students and book collectors.

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Rays of the World is an ideal reference for a wide range of readers, including conservationists, fishery managers, scientists, fishers, divers, students and book collectors.

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Details

Hardback | December 2016 | $220.00
ISBN: 9780643109131 | 800 pages | 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Colour Paintings, Maps

ePDF | December 2016
ISBN: 9780643109148
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ISBN: 9780643109155
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Features

  • Identification of rays
  • Facts about rays
  • Colour paintings by renowned artist Lindsay Marshall
  • The Supplementary Paper PDF contains three supplementary papers that contain important taxonomic and nomenclatural decisions that underpin Rays of the World. They follow a sequence of papers published in the journal Zootaxa where 25 new ray species have been recently described.

Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Phylogeny and classification of rays
Human interactions
Ray conservation
About this book
Glossary

Key to families of living rays
PRISTIDAE (Sawfishes)
RHINIDAE (Wedgefishes)
RHINOBATIDAE (Guitarfishes)
GLAUCOSTEGIDAE (Giant guitarfishes)
TRYGONORRHINIDAE (Banjo rays)
PLATYRHINIDAE (Fanrays)
ZANOBATIDAE (Panrays)
NARCINIDAE (Numbfishes)
NARKIDAE (Sleeper rays)
HYPNIDAE (Coffin rays)
TORPEDINIDAE (Torpedo rays)
RAJIDAE (Skates)
ARHYNCHOBATIDAE (Softnose skates)
GURGESIELLIDAE (Pygmy skates)
ANACANTHOBATIDAE (Legskates)
HEXATRYGONIDAE (Sixgill stingrays)
GYMNURIDAE (Butterfly rays)
DASYATIDAE (Stingrays)
POTAMOTRYGONIDAE (Neotropical stingrays)
UROTRYGONIDAE (Round rays)
PLESIOBATIDAE (Giant stingarees)
UROLOPHIDAE (Stingarees)
MYLIOBATIDAE (Eagle rays)
AETOBATIDAE (Pelagic eagle rays)
RHINOPTERIDAE (Cownose rays)
MOBULIDAE (Devilrays)
Suggested reading
Checklist of the world’s rays
Scientific names index
Common names index

Authors

Peter R. Last is a senior principal research scientist with CSIRO National Research Collections and former head of the Australian National Fish Collection, Hobart, Tasmania.

William T. White is an ichthyologist and the senior curator at CSIRO’s Australian National Fish Collection.

Marcelo R. de Carvalho is a professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of São Paulo. He is also a Research Associate of the Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History.

Bernard Séret is a consultant ichthyologist and international authority on sharks and rays, formerly at the National Museum of Natural History in Paris.

Matthias F. W. Stehmann is a retired ichthyologist at the Zoological Museum of Hamburg.

Gavin J. P. Naylor is a molecular biologist and professor of biology at the College of Charleston.

The artist, Lindsay Marshall, a respected scientific illustrator with a doctorate specialising in shark morphology, understands the need for technical excellence and authenticity in natural history art.