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Fish Diversity of Japan

Evolution, Zoogeography, and Conservation

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  • Summarizes the present knowledge of the fish diversity of Japan
  • Covers various fields of ichthyology
  • Contributed by leading experts in the field

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This book reviews and summarizes the studies on the fish diversity of Japan. It covers the present knowledge of ichthyofauna, habitat distribution, phylogeography, ecology, morphology, and conservation, as well as the history of ichthyology and fish collections in Japan. The book comprises five parts: I. Fish Diversity and Ichthyology of Japan, II. Habitat Distribution and Species Diversity, III. Diversity within Species: Phylogeographic Perspective on Japanese Fishes, IV. Morphological and Ecological Diversifications, and V. Conservation of Fish Diversity in Japan. 

The Japanese Archipelago is surrounded by two major warm and one cold currents. It is located in the western North Pacific and encompasses several climatic regimes from north to south. Although the land area of Japan is small, the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Japan ranks as the sixth largest in the world, including several marginal seas (Sea of Okhotsk, Sea of Japan, and East China Sea), and deep trenches (Izu-Ogasawara, Japan, and Kurile Trenches). Owing to a variety of marine habitats and a complex geological history, Japan has a rich fish species diversity, representing over 4,500 species in 370 families.

The richness of fish species diversity has attracted many scientists since the late 1700s, and continuous studies have led to the development of ichthyology in Japan. With chapters written by leading experts in the field, the book will provide a stimulating and reliable resource for future research and contribute to the progress of ichthyology of the world. 

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Table of contents (25 chapters)

  1. Fish Diversity and Ichthyology of Japan

  2. Habitat Distribution and Species Diversity

  3. Diversity Within Species: Phylogeographic Perspective on Japanese Fishes

  4. Morphological and Ecological Diversifications


“This book is attractive, well designed, and, thanks to the editors, very well organized and uniform throughout, printed on thick, highly opaque paper. Each chapter is provided with an abstract, a set of key words, and an introduction, and each is illustrated with numerous, high quality figures (mostly in color), and documented with numerous references. An extensive index makes up the back matter.” (Theodore W. Pietsch, Ichthyology & Herpetology, Vol. 111 (1), 2023)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Maizuru Fisheries Research Station, Field Science Education and Research Center, Kyoto University, Maizuru, Japan

    Yoshiaki Kai

  • The Kagoshima University Museum, Kagoshima, Japan

    Hiroyuki Motomura

  • Department of Zoology, National Museum of Nature and Science, Tsukuba, Japan

    Keiichi Matsuura

About the editors

Yoshiaki Kai
Kyoto University, Doctor of Agriculture

Hiroyuki Motomura
Kagoshima University, Doctor of Agriculture

Keiichi Matsuura
National Museum of Nature and Science, Doctor of Fisheries

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Fish Diversity of Japan

  • Book Subtitle: Evolution, Zoogeography, and Conservation

  • Editors: Yoshiaki Kai, Hiroyuki Motomura, Keiichi Matsuura

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  • Publisher: Springer Singapore

  • eBook Packages: Biomedical and Life Sciences, Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2022

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-981-16-7426-6Published: 22 January 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-981-16-7429-7Published: 23 January 2023

  • eBook ISBN: 978-981-16-7427-3Published: 21 January 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: VI, 454

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Zoology, Biodiversity, Evolutionary Biology, Conservation Biology/Ecology, Ecology

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