Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology

Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology : From Genome to Environment

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Fish form an extremely diverse group of vertebrates. At a conservative estimate at least 40% of the world's vertebrates are fish. On the one hand they are united by their adaptations to an aquatic environment and on the other they show a variety of adaptations to differing environmental conditions - often to extremes of temperature, salinity, oxygen level and water chemistry. They exhibit an array of behavioural and reproductive systems. Interesting in their own right, this suite of adaptive physiologies provides many model systems for both comparative vertebrate and human physiologists.

This four volume encyclopedia covers the diversity of fish physiology in over 300 articles and provides entry level information for students and summary overviews for researchers alike.

Broadly organised into four themes, articles cover Functional, Thematic, and Phylogenetic Physiology, and Fish Genomics

Functional articles address the traditional aspects of fish physiology that are common to all areas of vertebrate physiology including: Reproduction, Respiration, Neural (Sensory, Central, Effector), Endocrinology, Renal, Cardiovascular, Acid-base Balance, Osmoregulation, Ionoregulation, Digestion, Metabolism, Locomotion, and so on.

Thematic Physiology articles are carefully selected and fewer in number. They provide a level of integration that goes beyond the coverage in the Functional Physiology topics and include discussions of Toxicology, Air-breathing, Migrations, Temperature, Endothermy, etc.

Phylogenetic Physiology articles bring together information that bridges the physiology of certain groupings of fishes where the knowledge base has a sufficient depth and breadth and include articles on Ancient Fishes, Tunas, Sharks, etc.

Genomics articles describe the underlying genetic component of fish physiology and high light their suitability and use as model organisms for the study of disease, stress and physiological adaptations and reactions to external conditions.
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Product details

  • Mixed media product | 2272 pages
  • 215.9 x 281.94 x 40.64mm | 2,335.99g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0123745454
  • 9780123745453
  • 1,529,785

Table of contents


Sensing the Environment:

Brain and Nervous System Vision Smell, Taste, and Chemical Sensing Hearing and Lateral Line Detection and Generation of Electric Signals

Muscles, Skeleton, Skin, and Movement: The Skeleton The Muscles The Skin Buoyancy, Locomotion, and Movement in Fishes

Reproduction: The Reproductive Organs and Processes

Behavior and Physiology: Social and Reproductive Behaviors Sensory Systems, Perception, and Learning Behavioral Responses to the Environment


Gas Exchange: Ventilation and Animal Respiration Control of Respiration Transport and Exchange of Respiratory Gases in the Blood Tissue Respiration

Tissue Respiration: Blood Design and Physiology of the Heart Design and Physiology of Arteries and Veins Design and Physiology of Capillaries and Secondary Circulation Integrated Control and Response of the Circulatory System

The Gut: Gut Anatomy and Morphology Integrated Function and Control of the Gut Osmotic, Ionic and Nitrogenous-Waste Balance Role of the Gills Role of the Kidneys Role of the Gut Nitrogenous-Waste Balance

Hormonal Controls: The Pituitary Hormonal Control of Metabolism and Ionic Regulation Hormonal Control of Reproduction and Growth Hormonal Responses to Stress


ENERGETICS: Food Acquisition and Digestion Energy Utilization in Growth Swimming and Other Activities Energetic Models

Responses and Adaptations to the Environment: Temperature Hypoxia

Physiological Specializations of Different Fish Groups: Hagfishes and Lamprey Sturgeon Bony Fishes Air-Breathing Fishes Pelagic Fishes Fish Migrations Deep-Sea Fishes Intertidal Fishes

Applied Aspects of Fish Physiology: Cellular, Molecular, Genomics, and Biomedical Approaches Toxicology Aquaculture
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"2011 PROSE Award Winner for Multivolume Reference/Science"

Academic Press/Elsevier Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology, Anthony P. Farrell

"The individual articles in each volume are concise, authoritative, and beautifully illustrated with color photographs and drawings. A practical advantage of this encyclopedia is that it brings everything together into three volumes, providing a comprehensive reference work. Readers should note that this set is arranged thematically rather than alphabetically... This encyclopedia will be most suitable for graduate students and professionals. Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students and above."--CHOICE
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About Anthony P Farrell

Tony Farrell is a graduate of Bath University, where he was fortunate to study with Peter Lutz. His fortunes grew further when he moved in 1974 to Canada and the Zoology Department at the University of British Columbia to complete his Ph.D. degree under the superb tutelage of Dave Randall. In 2004, Tony returned to UBC when he accepted an endowed research chair in Sustainable Aquaculture. In between these positions at UBC, Tony was employed at the University of Southern California (PDF), the University of New Brunswick (sessional lecturer), Mount Allison University (first real job) and Simon Fraser University (moving through the ranks to a full professor). In addition to highly controlled laboratory experiments on fish cardiorespiratory physiology, Tony is committed to working on animals in their own environment. Therefore, his research on fish physiology has taken him on an Alpha Helix expedition to the Amazon, the University of Gothenburg and the Kristineberg Marine Research Station in Sweden, the Portobello Marine Biological Station in New Zealand, the University of Christchurch and Massey University in New Zealand, the Bamfield Marine Science Station and the Huntsman Marine Station in Canada, the University of Aarhus in Denmark, the University of Adelaide Charles and Darwin University in Australia, and to the Danish Arctic Marine Station on Disco Island in Greenland. These travels have allowed him to work and with many superb collaborators word-wide, as well as study the physiology of over 70 different species of fish. Tony has received a number of awards for his scientific contributions: an honorary degree from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden; Awards of Excellence from the American Fisheries Society for Fish Physiology, Conservation and Management; the Fry Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists; and the Beverton Medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles.
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