By Pierre Magnan, Céline Audet, Hélène Glémet, Michel Legault, Marco A. Rodríguez, Eric B. Taylor

Salvelinus species are some of the most completely studied teams of fishes. Many purposes clarify this excessive curiosity in charr biology. Charrs have a Holarctic distribution encompassing many Asian, North American, and eu nations and occupy different marine and freshwater environments. additionally, the present distribution of charr comprises parts that have been without delay inspired by means of weather and topographic swap linked to the numerous Pleistocene glaciations. unquestionably, those stipulations have promoted a lot of the large morphological, ecological, and genetic variability and plasticity inside of Salvelinus species they usually make charr first-class versions to check evolutionary techniques 'in action'. Many charr species additionally show demographic features corresponding to gradual progress, overdue adulthood, and existence in severe environments, which can raise their susceptibility to extinction from habitat adjustments and overexploitation, specifically in depauperate aquatic habitats. This vulnerability makes knowing their biology of significant relevance to biodiversity and conservation. eventually, charr are of serious cultural, advertisement, and leisure value to many groups, and their intimate linkage with human societies has inspired a lot curiosity during this enigmatic genus. This quantity includes a variety of papers provided on the fourth overseas Charr Symposium held in Trois-Rivières (Québec, Canada), from 26 June to at least one July 2000. It comprises 31 papers on ecological interactions and behavior, trophic polymorphism, circulation and migration, ecophysiology and evolutionary genetics, ecological parasitology, environmental tension and conservation. those experiences can't disguise all contemporary advancements within the ecology, behaviour and conservation of Salvelinus species, yet amassing them right into a unique quantity should still carry cognizance to present examine in this vital genus and stimulate extra paintings on Salvelinus species.

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