456 Pages
    by CRC Press

    456 Pages
    by CRC Press

    The book is a multi-authored book of 18 chapters comprising the state of the art work of all relevant topics on modern fish histology from 28 authors from ten countries. The topics include Introduction to Histological Techniques, Integument, Fish Skeletal Tissues, Muscular System, Structure and Function of Electric Organs, Digestive System, Glands of the Digestive Tract, Swim Bladder, Kidney, Ovaries and Eggs, Egg Envelopes, Testis Structure, Spermatogenesis, and Spermatozoa in Teleost Fishes, Cardiovascular System and Blood, Immune System of Fish, Gills: Respiration and Ionic-Osmoregulation, Sensory Organs, Morphology and Ecomorphology of the Fish Brain, and Endocrine System. Structural and functional aspects are treated and in a comparative way fish diversity at various taxonomic levels is integrated.

    Introduction to Histological Techniques
    Anna Pecio and Rafal P. Piprek

    Frank Kirschbaum and Shaun P. Collin

    Fish Skeletal Tissues
    François J. Meunier

    Muscular System
    Wincenty Kilarski            

    Structure and Function of Electric Organs
    Frank Kirschbaum

    Digestive System
    Ostaszewska Teresa and Kamaszewski Maciej

    Glands of the Digestive Tract
    Bogdana Wilczyńska and Katarzyna Wołczuk

    Swim Bladder
    Ostaszewska Teresa and Kamaszewski Maciej

    Frank Kirschbaum
    Ovaries and Eggs
    Mari Carmen Uribe, Harry J. Grier and Arlette Amalia Hernández Franyutti

    Egg Envelopes
    Krzysztof Formicki and Agata Korzelecka-Orkisz

    Testis Structure, Spermatogenesis, and Spermatozoa in Teleost Fishes
    Anna Pecio

    Cardiovascular System and Blood
    José M. Icardo

    Immune System of Fish
    Teresa Wlasow and Małgorzata Jankun

    Gills: Respiration and Ionic-Osmoregulation
    Marisa Narciso Fernandes

    Sensory Organs
    Jacqueline F. Webb, Shaun P. Collin, Michał Kuciel, Tanja Schulz-Mirbach, Krystyna Żuwała, Jean-Pierre Denizot and Frank Kirschbaum

    Morphology and Ecomorphology of the Fish Brain: The Rhombencephalon of Actinopterygians
    Anastasia S. Kharlamova and Sergei V. Saveliev

    Endocrine System
    Werner Kloas and Frank Kirschbaum


    Frank Kirschbaum is a retired Professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cologne in 1972. As postdoc he worked in Gif sur Yvette (France) performing studies on the reproduction and ontogeny of weakly electric fishes. Back in Cologne he did his Habilitation in 1984. The next steps were the Free University and then the Humboldt University in Berlin where he became Head of the Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes and at the same time he led the Department Biology and Ecology of Fishes at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Teaching activities comprised fish biology, tropical fish communities, fish systematics, and histology.

    Krzysztof Formicki received his MSc (1981) and PhD (1984) at the University of Agriculture, Szczecin, Poland. Subsequently he has been engaged as a lecturer and researcher. He received his Habilitation in 1991. He has been a Professor since 1993 and Head of the Department at West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland since 2000. He was also a Dean and Vice-Rector of the University. He has had research stays in USA (University of California) and Japan.

    This multiauthor volume edited by Kirschbaum (emer., Humboldt Univ.) and Formicki (West Pomeranian Univ. of Technology, Szczecin) comprises an eighteen-chapter monograph on the microscopic anatomy of fish, with chapters dedicated to the history of histology, histological techniques, and the histology of major fish systems (muscular, digestive, reproductive, etc.). Also included are three indexes sorted by fish family names, English (common) names, and species names. Each chapter, contributed by a unique grouping of authors, includes black-and-white plates representing tissues for each fish system covered. Two chapters are authored by Kirschbaum alone, notably the chapter on the electric organs. The writing is concise and consistently technical. An appendix of high-resolution color plates is also included. Owing to the very technical nature of the text, this volume is most suitable for researchers and fisheries scientists with an active interest in fish histology and histological techniques. It would also serve as an excellent resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who will be involved in performing fish histology work and other fish research.

    --K. R. Thompson, Missouri State University, Choice, 2020 Vol. 58 No. 2