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The cichlid fishes: nature's grand experiment in evolutionUser Review - Book Verdict
Cichlids are a fascinating group of some 2000 marine and freshwater species. While Tijs Goldschmidt's Darwin's Dreampond (LJ 10/1/96) discussed the varieties of cichlid species in Lake Victoria, Barlow (integrative biology, Berkeley) studies the cichlids in all the East African lakes, showing their true variation. As an ichthyologist, he has studied cichlids extensively and presents solid scientific information about them in a way that is accessible to the non-expert. Barlow begins by covering the factors that promote evolutionary survival: coloration (cichlids change more elaborately than chameleons); communication using stance, color, and sound; parenting (cichlid species care for their offspring); and, mostly extensively, cichlid courtship and mating. He also covers structure and genetics from a systematist's and a molecular biologist's perspective, respectively, and offers an extensive bibliography for further research. Scientific terminology is minimized but appropriate, and a useful glossary is included. Like any good scientist, Barlow raises as many questions as he answers. Cichlids are popular aquarium fish, so hobbyists would be interested in this book, although that is not its focus. This should be the classic in the field for a long time. Recommended for academic and public libraries.DJean E. Crampon, Univ. of Southern California Lib., Los Angeles ...
Review: The Cichlid Fishes: Nature's Grand Experiment In EvolutionUser Review - Dawn Stricker - Goodreads
If I could have given it 3.5 stars I would have. It's extremely informative and well written but he does have some annoying cutesy writing habits that come across as, "hang in there and I will dumb ... Read full review