Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes
This atlas and guide presents results of the Russian American Long-Term Census of the Arctic (RUSALCA) fish investigations conducted by bottom trawl in the Pacific Arctic region northward from Bering Strait. Species accounts provide documentation of the biodiversity and geographic distribution baselines with maps supported by citation of voucher specimens, catch records, and literature; habitat and morphological descriptions; and remarks on taxonomic issues with implications from DNA barcoding. Pages of fish photographs with labeled features are grouped separately in an identification guide.
The RUSALCA baseline objective coordinates well with the marine biodiversity monitoring objectives of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna, Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP) and this atlas and guide became a priority for completion as a contribution to the CBMP as well as fulfillment of objectives for NOAA Arctic Research Office contracts for RUSALCA.
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