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Editors: Manuel Ruiz-Garcia (Pontificia Univerisdad Javeriana, Bogota DC, Columbia); Joseph Mark Shostell (Penn State University-Fayette, Uniontown, Pa)
Book Description:
True river dolphins as well as marine dolphins that frequent freshwater systems are large animals that have traditionally gone unnoticed by the general public and, in a certain sense, by marine mammal specialists as well. In fact, only a limited number of researchers have investigated the biology of these dolphin species. This is quite surprising given that these species are commonly the top predators in their habitats. Now for the first time, revolutionary molecular techniques are being applied to answer evolutionary reconstruction questions of many animals, including river dolphins. In addition, new paleontological records are dramatically changing our perspective about the relationships of these dolphins with each other and with other cetaceans. In this book, new census information and important ecological characteristics are provided of the river dolphins Inia, Sotalia, Pontoporia, Lipotes, Phocaena and Platinista. For the first time, molecular and genetic results of theses dolphin species are presented. A compilation of these data is essential if we are to present a strategic conservation plan for these animals. Upon being informed of critical evolutionary historical data, conservation biologists will now be able to tailor their conservation efforts for each threatened river dolphin species. Additionally, new morphological data and the new discoveries in the fossil record for river dolphins are examined. The major dolphin specialists in Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, the United States of America, China, England, India, Japan and New Zealand present their newest results within a single book that graduate students, professors, scientists, evolutionary ecologists, aquatic mammalogists, population ecologists, conservation ecologists, and marine biologists will all find valuable for the foreseeable future.


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Table of Contents:
Preface

Chapter 1. An Introduction to River Dolphin Species, pp. 1-28
(Joseph Mark Shostell and Manuel Ruiz-García)

Chapter 2. Seasonal Ecology of Inia in Three River Basins of
South America (Orinoco, Amazon, and Upper Madeira), pp. 29-53
(Tamara L. McGuire and Enzo Aliaga-Rossel)

Chapter 3. Conservation of the River Dolphin (Inia boliviensis) in Bolivia, pp. 55-70
(Enzo Aliaga- Rossel)

Chapter 4. Mobility of the Axial Regions in a Captive
Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis), pp. 71-81
(Timothy D. Smith and Anne M. Burrows)

Chapter 5. The Application of Equation Models to Determine
the Age of Pink River Dolphin Skulls, pp. 83-99
(Luisa Fernanda Castellanos-Mora, Fernando Trujillo and Manuel Ruiz-García)

Chapter 6. Amazon River Dolphin: High Phylopatry due to
Restricted Dispersion at Large and Short Distances, pp. 101-116
(Juliana A. Vianna, Claudia Hollatz, Miriam Marmontel, Rodrigo A.F. Redondo and Fabrício R. Santos)

Chapter 7. Amazon River Dolphin Polymorphism and
Population Differentiation of MHC Class II Peptides, pp. 117-130
(María Martínez-Agüero, Sergio Flores-Ramírez and Manuel Ruiz-García)

Chapter 8. Micro-Geographical Genetic Structure of Inia Geoffrensis in the Napo-Curaray River Basin by Means of Chesser´S Models, pp. 131-160
(Manuel Ruiz-García)

Chapter 9. Changes in the Demographic Trends of Pink River Dolphins (Inia) at the Microgeographical Level in Peruvian and
Bolivian Rivers and Within the Upper Amazon: Microsatellites and Mtdna Analyses and Insights into Inia’s Origin, pp. 161-192
(Manuel Ruiz-García)

Chapter 10. Fossil Record and the Evolutionary History of Iniodea, pp. 193-217
(M. A. Cozzuol)

Sotalia Fluviatilis-Sotalia Guianensis

Chapter 11. Fishery Activity Impact on the Sotalia Populations
from the Amazon Mouth, pp. 221-235
(Sandra Beltran-Pedreros and Miguel Petrere)

Chapter 12. Dolphin-Fishery Interaction: Cost-Benefit,
Social-Economic and Cultural Considerations, pp. 237-246
(Sandra Beltran-Pedreros and Ligia Amaral Filgueiras-Henriques)

Chapter 13. Ethnoecology of Sotalia Guianensis (GERVAIS, 1853)
in the Amazon Estuary, pp. 247-260
(Sandra Beltrán-Pedreros, Miguel Petrere and Ligia Amaral Filgueiras-Henriques)

Chapter 14. Molecular Ecology and Systematics of Sotalia Dolphins, pp. 261-283
(H.A. Cunha, da Silva VMF and A.M. Solé-Cava)

Chapter 15. Population Structure and Phylogeography
of Tucuxi Dolphins (Sotalia Fluviatilis), pp. 285-297
(Susana Caballero, Fernando Trujillo, Manuel Ruiz-García, Julianna A. Vianna, Miriam Marmontel, Fabricio R. Santos and C. Scott Baker)

Pontoporia Blainvillei

Chapter 16. Life History and Ecology of Franciscana,
Pontoporia Blainvillei (Cetacea, Pontoporiidae) , pp. 301-322
(Eduardo R. Secchi)

Chapter 17. Review on the Threats and Conservation
Status of Franciscana, Pontoporia Blainvillei (Cetacea, Pontoporiidae), pp. 323-339
(Eduardo R. Secchi)

Asian River Dolphins

Chapter 18. Detection of Yangtze Finless Porpoises in the Poyang
Lake Mouth Area via Passive Acoustic Data-Loggers, pp. 343-355
(Songhai Li, Shouyue Dong, Satoko Kimura, Tomonari Akamatsu, Kexiong Wang and Ding Wang)

Chapter 19. Population Status and Conservation of Baiji
and the Yangtze Finless Porpoise, pp. 357-375
(Ding Wang and Xiujiang Zhao)

Chapter 20. Failure of the Baiji Recovery Program:
Conservation Lessons for other Freshwater Cetaceans, pp. 377-394
(Samuel T. Turvey)

Chapter 21. High Level of MHC Polymorphism in the Baiji and
Finless Porpoise, with Special Reference to Possible
Convergent Adaptation to the Freshwater Yangtze River, pp. 395-417
(Shixia Xu, Wenhua Ren, Kaiya Zhou and Guang Yang)

Chapter 22. Population Status and Conservation of the Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista Gangetica Gangetica) in the Indian Subcontinent, pp. 419-443
(R. K. Sinha, Sunil Kumar Verma and Lalji Singh)

Chapter 23. The Evolutionary History and Phylogenetic Relationships of the Superfamily Platanistoidea, pp. 445-488
(Lawrence G. Barnes, Toshiyuki Kimura and Stephen J. Godfrey)

Index pp.489-504

   Series:
      Wildlife Protection, Destruction and Extinction
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2010
   Pages: 7 x 10, pp.504
   ISBN: 978-1-60876-633-8
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