The Early Life History (ELH) of marine fishes in Fishing Area 31, which includes the western central North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico, has remained incomplete over the years. This certainly wasn't because of any lack of interest, but rather a lack of a comprehensive merging of studies that would provide a broad understanding, as well as identify gaps in the literature.
Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic fills the void in an exceptionally thorough fashion. Inside you will find contributions from more than 70 international experts, edited by one of the world’s most respected fishery scientists. This is the definitive reference covering the ELH of those fishes found in that part of the Atlantic, which stretches across the territorial waters of more than 40 countries.
This two-volume masterwork covers the eggs, larvae, and juveniles of all families known to inhabit this area. It brings together published information of merit, plus original research results providing information designed to identify these ELH stages generally collected by plankton nets. Chapters in the volume are devoted to every one of the 214 families. Each includes a brief synopsis of the family, early life-stage identification, meristic data tables, and significant accounts of lower taxa, with one page giving detailed information and the facing page devoted to illustrations.