It is perhaps because fishes live in a buoyant medium, whether it be fresh or sea water, that they show a diversity in body shapes that is unparalleled by other vertebrates. There is also a unique diversity in the modes of reproduction, whether by external or internal fertilization, and this, with the morphology and fine structure of the reproductive system and its components, is the subject of the present volume. A large part of this book deals with the ultrastructure of spermatozoa, with some discussion of phylogenetic implications.
This book is one of a number of volumes in a series entitled Reproductive Biology and Phylogeny that addresses a wide variety of taxonomic groups. One major feature of the book, as with others in the series, is the attention to phylogeny and classification as a framework for understanding reproductive biology … . Collectively, the contributions are authored by several internationally recognized researchers. … An enormous amount of information is compiled in this text. Without a doubt it will be an invaluable reference for a wide variety of biologists … .
— David C. Heins, Tulane University, in The Quarterly Review of Biology, Volume 85, Number 2
Phylogeny and Classification; The Ovary, Folliculogenesis, and Oogenesis in Teleosts; Modifications in Ovarian and Testicular Morphology Associated with Viviparity in Teleosts; The Testis and Spermatogenesis in Teleosts; Male Reproductive System: Spermatic Duct and Accessory Organs of the Testis; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa in Agnathans; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Euteleostomi (=Osteichthyes): Cladistia; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Chondrostei; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Neopterygii: Holostei through Osteoglossomorpha; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Elopomorpha and Clupeomorpha; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Ostariophysi; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Euteleostei: Argentiformes, Esociformes, Salmoniformes and Osmeriformes; Neoteleostei: Stenopterygii, Cyclosquamata, Scopelomorpha and Paracanthopterygii; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Acanthopterygii: Mugilomorpha and Atherinomorpha; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Acanthopterygii Continued: Percomorpha; Ultrastructure of Spermatozoa: Sarcopterygii; Sperm Modifications Related to Insemination, with Examples from the Ostariophysi