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Fish Life in Special Environments

1st Edition

Edited by Philippe Sebert, D.W. Onyango, B.G. Kapoor

CRC Press

362 pages

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pub: 2008-01-01
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Living organisms are endowed with ingenious adaptive mechanisms to cope with the adversities of special environments. Due to the vast diversity of their habitats, fish make an excellent model to depict the interplay of morphological, physiological and biochemical aspects, and are often used to study adaptive processes to a new environment. The book covers fish in diverse environmental conditions such as alkaline environments, caves, Antarctic, ice cold lakes, tropical coral reefs, and deep waters. The chapters also discuss mitochondrial functions in the cold, circadian rhythms, endocrinology of migratory fish life cycle and fish muscle function. The topics have been selected in order to present a window to an array of adaptations of aquatic inhabitants which enable them to subsist and survive in the uncommon, and often hostile, external environment.

Table of Contents


List of Contributors

1. Fish Osmoregulation in Special Environments

A.J.R. Pequeux

2. Alcolapia graham: A Fish Inhabiting a Highly Alkaline Environment of Lake Magadi, Kenya

Daniel W. Onyango and Seth M. Kisia

3. Cave Fishes: The Consequences of Life in Darkness

Jakob Parzefall

4. Circadian Rhythms in Hypogean Fish: With Special Reference to the Cave Loach, Nemacheilus evezardi

Atanu Kumar Pati

5. Hemoglobinless Antarctic Icefish: Adaptations to Living at Sub-zero Temperatures

Seth M. Kisia and Daniel W. Onyango

6. Fish Life in Special Environments: Mitochondrial Function in the Cold

Helga Guderley and Edouard Kraffe

7. Hypoxic Survival in Two Extremes: Under the Ice and on Coral Reefs

Goran E. Nilsson and Sara Ostlund-Nilsson

8. Endocrinology of Migratory Fish Life Cycle

in Special Environments: The Role of Metamorphoses

Karine Rousseau and Sylvie Dufour

9. Fish Muscle Function and Pressure

Philippe Sébert

10. Alepocephaloids, a Key Teleostean Group: Their

Myology, Functional Anatomy, Phylogeny and

Specializations to Deep-Water Environments

Rui Diogo

11. Diversity and Adaptation in Deep-channel

Neotropical Electric Fishes

William G.R. Crampton


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Zoology / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General