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The Biology of Sharks and Rays

Peter A. Klimley and Steven Oerding


This book provides a resource on the biological and physiological characteristics of the cartilaginous fishes: sharks, rays, and chimaeras. In sixteen chapters, the book covers a broad spectrum of topics, including taxonomy, morphology, ecology, and physiology. For example, it explains the body design of sharks and why the ridged, toothlike denticles that cover their entire bodies are present on only part of the rays' bodies and are absent from those of chimaeras. Another chapter explores the anatomy of the jaws and the role of the muscles and teeth in jaw extension, seizure, and handling of p ... More

Keywords: cartilaginous fishes, sharks, rays, chimaeras, taxonomy, morphology, ecology, physiology, jaws, muscles

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226442495
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter A. Klimley, author

Steven Oerding, author