With the decline in world fish stocks, our knowledge of fish reproduction has become fundamental. Reproduction is an essential commitment to future generation. It is also a continuous development process throughout ontogeny, requiring energetic, ecological, physiological, anatomical, biochemical and endrocrinological adaptations. The first chapters highlight important issues affecting fish normal ways of reproductive development; details would focus on species living in opposite environments, such as tropical and polar fishes; far related, as teleosts and cartilaginous fishes; and finally, fish having different reproductive strategies. Thereafter, since many fishes live in detrimental environments, mainly induced by the continuous input of xenobiotic substances into waterways, the authors found it highly pertinent to include this topic. Herein, the authors fix their attention on the factors and mechanisms that may well affect reproductionrelated hormonal systems as also on known consequences for fish living i

    Oogenesis: Post-vitellogenic Events Leading to a Fertilizable Oocyte; Physiological Function of Gonadotropins in Fish; Gonadal Steroids: Functions and Patterns of Change; Vitellogenesis; Follicular Steroidogenesis in Fish; Hormonally Derived Sex Pheromones in Fish; Reproductive Physiology in Viviparous Teleosts; Mating Systems in Fishes; Reproductive Strategies of Fish; Energetic Trade-offs in Reproduction: Cost-Benefit Considerations and Plasticity; The Influence of Reproductive Behavior on the Social Organization of Shoaling Fish; Parental Care and Predation Rish in Fish-Defend, Desert or Devour; Involvement of Endocrine and Environmental Factors in Gonudal Sex Differentiation in Gonochoristic Fish; A Review of Shark Reproductive Ecology: Life History and Evolutionary Implications; Fish Estrogenic Pathways: Chemical Disruption and Related Biomarkers; Molecular Markers of Androgen Disruption; Fish Reproduction in Relation to Aquaculture; Cultivation of Coldwater Marine Species


    Rocha, Maria J ; Arukwe, Augustine; Kapoor, B.G.