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Foreword by L. J. V. Compagno ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii INTRODUCTION 1 Early Studies of California Sharks 2 California's Marine Environment 5 Classification of Cartilaginous Fishes 8 What Are Cartilaginous Fishes? 9 Distribution 13 General Biology 16 Fisheries 34 Injuries from Cartilaginous Fishes 36 How to Use This Book 42 Key to Chondrlchthyan Orders Found In California Waters 48 SPECIES ACCOUNTS 49 Cow and Frilled Sharks (Hexanchlformes) 50 Dogfish Sharks (Squallformes) 59 Angel Sharks (Squatinlformes) 76 Horn Sharks (Heterodontlformes) 81 Carpet Sharks (Orectoloblformes) 87 Mackerel Sharks (Lamniformes) 92 Ground Sharks (Carcharhinlformes) 125 Rays (Rajlformes) 180 Chimaeras (Chlmaerlformes) 237 Egg Cases 244 Checklist of California Chondrichthyans 247 Glossary 251 Museums and Research Institutions 257 References 259 Index 275Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: Chondrichthyes California