Perciformes Lecture, Part1

Perciformes - Order Perciformes Perciformes Snooks to Snakeheads Part 1(covers through Family Chaetodontidae Largest order of vertebrates 9200 spp

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Perciformes: Snooks to Snakeheads Part 1 (covers through Family Chaetodontidae) Order Perciformes ± Largest order of vertebrates, 9200 spp ± Extremely diverse ± Most are predators in shallow or surface waters of oceans and lakes ± Cohesive taxonomically ± General lines of evolution indicated by 19 suborders ± 31% of spp in suborder Percoidei 2,850 spp Order Perciformes . .. ± 57% of spp in eight of 149 families Gobiidae, Cichlidae Labridae, Serranidae Blennidae, Pomacentridae Sciaenidae, Apogonidae ± Most species in Percoidei are deep bodied, moderately elongate, two dorsal fins, large mouth & eyes, and thoracic pelvic fins Order Perciformes . .. ± Most are inshore, diurnal predators ± Those of any size harvested by man ± Many popular salt and freshwater game species: striped bass, snook, bluefish, jacks, snappers, croakers, barracudas, perches, sunfishes ± We will focus on nine (mostly marine) families of the Percoidei Suborder Percoidei ± 2,850 species of typical perciform appearance ± Most are inshore, diurnal (or crepuscular) predators ± Large spp are harvested by man ± Game fishes: striped bass, snook, bluefish, jacks, snappers, croakers, perches and sunfishes Family Serranidae ± 450 spp of groupers ± Most are large piscivorous fishes of
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This note was uploaded on 09/13/2010 for the course OCS 4012 taught by Professor Baltz,d during the Spring '08 term at LSU.

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Perciformes - Order Perciformes Perciformes Snooks to Snakeheads Part 1(covers through Family Chaetodontidae Largest order of vertebrates 9200 spp

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