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Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World

by David A Ebert, Sarah Fowler and Marc Dando Princeton University Press
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Pbk 256 pages
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Sharks are some of the most misunderstood animals on the planet. We still have a lot to learn about these fascinating creatures, which are more seriously threatened with extinction and in greater need of conservation and management than any other major group of vertebrates.

A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World is the first field guide to identify, illustrate, and describe the world’s 501 shark species. Its compact format makes it handy for many situations, including recognizing living species, fishery catches, or parts sold at markets. The book also contains useful sections on identifying shark teeth and the shark fins most commonly encountered in the fin trade. A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World is an essential resource for fisheries management, international trade regulation, and shark conservation.
•The first pocket guide to all 501 shark species
•Each species is illustrated and described
•Handy, compact format with concise text
•A six-page guide to the identification of shark teeth
•An eight-page guide to the identification of shark fins

Acknowledgements 4

Introduction 5

How to use this book 10

Topography 11

Tooth guide 14

Fin guide 20

Key to orders and families of living sharks 28

Species accounts 41

Frilled and cow sharks Order Hexanchiformes 42

Bramble sharks Order Echinorhiniformes 46

Dogfish sharks Order Squaliformes 46

Sawsharks Order Pristiophoriformes 84

Angelsharks Order Squatiniformes 85

Bullhead sharks Order Heterodontiformes 96

Mackerel sharks Order Lamniformes 97

Carpetsharks Order Orectolobiformes 112

Ground sharks Order Carcharhiniformes 132

Glossary 224

Oceans and seas 229

Field observations 231

Further reading 235

Scientific societies and conservation organisations 236

Other sources of online information 236

Species checklist 237

Index 249

"Elegantly illustrated in much the same fashion as well-known bird and mammal books, A Pocket Guide to Sharks of the World is a great addition to the library of both the armchair traveler, like me, who rarely travels, and the intrepid traveler, who is rarely at home."---Gabriel Thoumi, Monga Bay,
David A. Ebert is the program director for the Pacific Shark Research Center and a research faculty member at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories.

Sarah Fowler cofounded the UK Shark Trust and the European Elasmobranch Association. She has been a member of the IUCN Shark Specialist Group since 1992 and is currently vice-chair of international treaties.

Marc Dando is a freelance artist specializing in marine ecology and wildlife.