Alternate Developmental Pathways
Annual Fishes: Life strategy, diversity and evolution
Chapter from the book, Annual Fishes: Life History Strategy, Diversity, and Evolution -- the first comprehensive reference on current knowledge of diverse species that exhibit unique survival strategies and provide important models for basic and applied research. This work fills a void, covering the life cycle, reproductive biology, evolutionary ecology, reproductive behavior, sexual selection, genetics, speciation, and integrative and conservation strategies of annual fishes.
Bringing together researchers in different areas of annual fishes to summarize previous work, overview the current research, and highlight promising areas of research, the book is organized into three sections focusing on:
- Diversity, life history, and reproductive biology
- Ecology and conservation
The book provides a thorough understanding of the complexity of annual fishes and emphasizes their usefulness as a unique model organism for studies in vertebrate biology, particularly in areas such as speciation and senescence. It also notes the gaps in knowledge that challenge future research and encourages the continued expansion and development of research studies on annual fishes to address these gaps so that general vertebrate biology can be better understood. It serves as a valuable resource for scientists in a range of disciplines such as ichthyology, zoology, developmental and evolutionary biology, molecular biology and genetics, and ecology.
Podrabsky, J.E., A.L. Romney and K.M. Culpepper. (2015). Alternate Developmental Pathways. In: Annual Fishes: Life strategy, diversity and evolution. (Eds. G. Garcia, B. Berois and R. de Sa). CRC Taylor & Francis. pp 63-73.