ECOLOGY OF THE MARINE FISHES OF CUBA. Rodolfo Claro, Kenyon C. Lindeman, and Lynne R. Parenti (eds.). 2001. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC. ISBN 1-56098-985-8. 253 p. $55.00 (cloth).—As scientists, we like to think that we remain above the political fray, answering instead to a higher calling than that of political partisanship. After all, colleagues from distant countries whose governments may be at odds routinely form productive, often lifelong collaborations. Yet there have been unfortunate instances in which political restrictions have been so severe as to constrain scientific collaboration, as well as simple exchanges of knowledge for all but the most determined. Such has been the case with Cuba, by far the largest and in many ways one of the most important of the Caribbean islands. Although Caribbean fishes have been studied intensively for many decades, by many scientists from many countries, information on the Cuban ichthyofauna has not been...

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