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The Banggai Cardinalfish: Natural History, Conservation, and Culture of Pterapogon kauderni [Kindle Edition]

Alejandro A. Vagelli

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The Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, is a fascinating species that possesses a series of remarkable biological characteristics making it unique among coral reef fishes. It has been the focus of studies in reproduction, ecology, population genetics and evolution. In addition, since its rediscovery in the late 1990s, it has become tremendously popular in the international ornamental fish trade, and indiscriminate collecting has led to its inclusion in the 2007 IUCN Red List as an endangered species.

This book is divided into three main parts: a general introduction to the fish, including a historical synopsis with an overview of the Banggai Archipelago; a comprehensive treatment of the species’ natural history (distribution, morphology, reproduction, embryology, ecology, genetics, systematics and evolution); an account of the conservation of the species, including descriptions of its fishery, attempts to protect it under CITES, and introduction programmes. The book also includes an appendix offering information on captive breeding, juvenile mortality reduction, and common diseases.

This book is a unique resource for ichthyology students and researchers working on fish biology, ecology and conservation, and for marine ornamental fish hobbyists and aquarium professionals.

Visit www.wiley.com/go/vagelli/cardinalfish to access the figures and tables from the book.


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An authoritative synthesis of everything we know aboutthis important yet endangered ornamental fish that also plays animportant ecological role on Indonesian coral reefs.  (Bulletin of the British Ecological Society, 1 June2012)

 

 

 

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The Banggai cardinalfish, Pterapogon kauderni, is afascinating species that possesses a series of remarkablebiological characteristics making it unique among coral reeffishes. It has been the focus of studies in reproduction, ecology,population genetics and evolution. In addition, since itsrediscovery in the late 1990s, it has become tremendously popularin the international ornamental fish trade, and indiscriminatecollecting has led to its inclusion in the 2007 IUCN Red List as anendangered species.

This book is divided into three main parts: a generalintroduction to the fish, including a historical synopsis with anoverview of the Banggai Archipelago; a comprehensive treatment ofthe species natural history (distribution, morphology,reproduction, embryology, ecology, genetics, systematics andevolution); an account of the conservation of the species,including descriptions of its fishery, attempts to protect it underCITES, and introduction programmes. The book also includes anappendix offering information on captive breeding, juvenilemortality reduction, and common diseases.

This book is a unique resource for ichthyology students andresearchers working on fish biology, ecology and conservation, andfor marine ornamental fish hobbyists and aquariumprofessionals.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2738 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NJNKTG
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book for students 20 Jan. 2012
By Dory - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As a graduate student of marine biology, I was a little skeptical at purchasing another typical aquarium book. I was pleasantly surprised. It does not simply summarize other works or provide minimal and basic facts. This book explores in detail various aspects of the Banggai cardinalfish, including its history, biology and conservation. It provides a perspective that could only be given by the scientist who spent years involved in such research. Any student of biology can appreciate the technical aspects of this book. But, it is not just a scientific account of facts. The author explores the history of the fish, its inclusion in the aquarium trade, conservation issues, and also personal accounts of his field experiences in Indonesia. It is a rarity to find a book that encompasses something for students and professionals in the field, but also for casual hobbyists. This book is something I intend to use as a reference for years to come and worth the price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book. 19 Dec. 2011
By Eric - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Very detailed book about the Banggai Cardinalfish. It covers pretty much all the details about this fish. The only knock I would have against this book is for the price of it, there should at least be colored pictures to go along with more pictures. Everything is in black and white.
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you will ever need to know about the Banggai Cardinalfish! 6 Jan. 2012
By Robert - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As an aquarium hobbyist I have kept a freshwater tank for quite sometime now. Having had a freshwater tank for years, I finally decided to challenge myself with a marine tank. For my first marine tank, I purchased a couple of gobies and several juvenile Banggai cardinalfish, at this point I hadn't known anything about this particular fish. To me I just thought this fish would look good in the aquarium I had set up. A few months went by and the fish were doing well, and a few weeks ago I noticed something both unique and interesting. The fish had offspring in its mouth! I was aware that Banggai cardinalfish were mouthbrooders, but I did not expect to see them breeding in my tank. This being quite an experience for any aquarium hobbyist to witness with their own eyes for the first time, for myself this was quite an intriguing experience to say the least. After this, I started looking up some information about the Banggai cardinalfish and I came across several articles and research papers published by Alejandro Vagelli. Then, a few weeks ago I stumbled upon his book, the first thing that drew me to the book was the cover, which was indicative of exactly what I was viewing in my own tank at home! I had a dilemma whether or not to purchase this somewhat pricey book, but once I saw my fish brooding its young in its mouth, I was immediately drawn to this fish, and knowing Dr. Vagelli is the known expert in this species I knew I had to own this book.
Once I read this book cover to cover, I would highly recommend this book to individuals that are keeping the Banggai cardinalfish in their aquariums. This book gave me an amazingly complete picture of the species, from the history of the fish all the way to its discovery. This book provided me with a detailed description of its ecology, anatomy, and reproductive biology. Although most pictures in the book are black/white, there are a number of amazing color plates which effectively demonstrate the fish's natural habitat and the negative human impact on the coral reef. This book painted a clear picture as to how this species of fish has to endure strong collective pressure put fourth on it by the aquarium fish trade. Due to this I could no longer see my Banggai cardinalfish in the same light that I once saw it in, this species of fish has become something more in my mind. If you want to know what is happening with the conservation of this fish, this book presents a great opportunity for us hobbyists to get a glimpse into the conservation of this fish. The chapter dedicated to the Lembeh introduction put in perspective the conservation situation that the over collection of this fish has put fourth. Also, there is a section dedicated to captive breeding with a variety of useful tips and advice for rearing the juveniles. This information that was published by Dr. Vagelli was perfect for helping me to handle the juveniles in my own tank. In short, if you are a serious aquarium hobbyist with strong interest about the Banggai cardinalfish, this book is a "must have".
5.0 out of 5 stars More than you want to know about Banggais 3 Jan. 2012
By Fishhead - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I guess that most people that purchase this book are interested in keeping, or are already keeping Banggai Cardinalfishes at home. Well, you are up for a treat. Alejandro Vagelli has acquired an encyclopedic knowledge of the species and gives us much for our money. He was among the very first to house and breed Banggai Cardinals, so we are getting the information from the very source. In addition, he has worked really hard to obtain related species, essentially unknown to the pet trade, housed and bred them, and was able to provide some very interesting comparisons and contrasts, that make us appreciate the uniqueness of Banggais.
That said, the book is much more than that. The Banggai Cardinalfish is the stuff dreams are made of. It is gorgeous, of course, but its discovery, and rediscovery years later brings us to the spice islands route, to those places seldom visited, full of pirates and natural wonders. Vagelli captures the magic of the place quite well. He has first-hand experience of top notch science, as a major player in the field, with biogeographic, genetic and conservation scientific papers under his belt, he gives us personal accounts on the beauty of the species but also the major threats it is facing.
I throughly enjoyed this book, full of useful information!
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for anyone considering keeping the Banggai cardinalfish 30 Mar. 2012
By Dave W - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was taken with the Banggai cardinalfish the first time I saw this reef fish in my local aquarium shop. The Banggai cardinalfish is a relatively diminutive fish lacking the striking colors found on many of the interesting characters that inhabit the world's coral tropical reefs. But, what it lacks in color is made up for in elegance. Its flaring finnage and silver and black markings remind me of a ballroom dancer dressed for a night on the town.
While whales, sharks and other large ocean creatures garner most of the media's attention, it's time to start giving homage to the lesser known reef creatures like the Banggai cardinalfish. Dr. Alejandro Vagelli's "The Banggai Cardinalfish" is a book that will open your eyes to this unique and distinctively beautiful reef fish. The book's coverage of the fish's natural history and amazing reproductive methods give the reader a true appreciation for the wonders of this fish. Dr. Vagelli's reporting of the threats the Banggai cardinalfish face is both humbling and inspiring. I was excited to see Dr. Vagelli included a section on rearing Banggai cardinalfish in captivity. This in itself makes "The Banggai Cardinalfish" a must-read for anyone considering rearing or keeping this magnificent fish in their home aquaria.
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