Fish & Fisheries Series

New Zealand Freshwater Fishes

an Historical and Ecological Biogeography

Authors: McDowall, R.M.

  • Connects New Zealand's turbulent geological past to contemporary distribution patterns
  • Separates in a distinctive way the roles of history and ecology in a fauna
  • Connects life history strategies to distribution patterns
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This book provides a synthesis of taxonomic and ecological information on New Zealand’s freshwater fish fauna. New Zealand has been isolated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean since it separated from Gondwana during the Cretaceous period, some 80 million years ago. This prolonged geological isolation, combined with the islands’ very vigorous geological history, impacted by oceanic submergence, tectonic activity, mountain building extreme volcanism, and great climatic variability, create a dynamic scenario within which the New Zealand biota, including its freshwater fishes, have evolved over millions of years. These impacts have contributed to a highly dynamic biological history with undoubted though little understood extinction and vigorous colonisation of the islands’ fresh water. One of the key elements for understanding the origins and derivations of this fish fauna is that in all groups some or all of the species are diadromous, customarily spending a significant phase of their lives at sea. This has no doubt contributed in an important way the fauna’s origins as well, there has been frequent loss of diadromous behaviours leading, to species that have abandoned their sea-migratory behaviours and which now complete their entire lives in fresh water. The distribution patterns reflect these changing habits, with diadromous species being broadly distributed but tending to be lowland in range, whereas the derived, non-diadromous species have narrower ranges, but are often found further inland and at high elevations. This book provides an ecological and historical synthesis of these divergent patterns across New Zealand’s geography and history.

Table of contents (20 chapters)

  • New Zealand’s Distinctive and Well-Known Freshwater Fish Fauna

    McDowall, R. M.

    Pages 1-33

  • The Geographical Setting of New Zealand and Its Place in Global Geography

    McDowall, R. M.

    Pages 35-53

  • New Zealand’s Geological and Climatic History and Its Biogeographical Context

    McDowall, R. M.

    Pages 55-85

  • A Conceptual Basis for Biogeography

    McDowall, R. M.

    Pages 87-103

  • Some Essentials of Freshwater Fish Biogeography, Fish Life Histories, and the Place of Diadromy

    McDowall, R. M.

    Pages 105-134

Buy this book

eBook $229.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-90-481-9271-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $289.00
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  • ISBN 978-90-481-9270-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $289.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3290-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
New Zealand Freshwater Fishes
Book Subtitle
an Historical and Ecological Biogeography
Authors
Series Title
Fish & Fisheries Series
Series Volume
32
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9271-7
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9271-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9270-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3290-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 450
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