5th Edition

The Physiology of Fishes

Edited By Suzanne Currie, David H. Evans Copyright 2021
    256 Pages 79 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    256 Pages 79 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    256 Pages 79 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The fifth edition of The Physiology of Fishes represents a compendium of knowledge across fish physiology, collecting up-to-date research into an easy-to-access single textbook. Written by the leaders in the field, it provides a comprehensive, accessible review of the core topics, integrating physiology with environmental science, ecology, evolution, and molecular cell biology. New chapters address Epigenetics, Biomechanics and Locomotion, and Behaviour and Learning. Each chapter contains an extensive bibliography, providing readers with the best sources from the primary literature.


    Almost three decades after the publication of the first edition, this book remains the only published single-volume work on fish physiology. The fifth edition provides an important reference for new students of fish biology, marine and freshwater biologists, ichthyologists, fisheries scientists, and comparative physiologists.

    Chapter 1 Evolution and Phylogeny Terry C. Grande and Mark V. H. Wilson

    Chapter 2 Locomotion and Biomechanics Emily Standen

    Chapter 3 Gas Exchange Jodie L. Rummer and Colin J. Brauner

    Chapter 4 The Cardiovascular System Erika J. Eliason and Jonathan A. W. Stecyk

    Chapter 5 Iono- and Osmoregulation Dietmar Kültz and Kathleen M. Gilmour

    Chapter 6 The Digestive System Carol Bucking and W. Gary Anderson

    Chapter 7 Thermal Biology Nann A. Fangue, Anne E. Todgham and Patricia M. Schulte

    Chapter 8 Endocrinology: An Evolutionary Perspective on Neuroendocrine Axes in Teleosts Sylvie Dufour and Karine Rousseau

    Chapter 9 Reproduction Deborah MacLatchy

    Chapter 10 Metabolism Tommy Norin and Ben Speers-Roesch

    Chapter 11 Hearing Arthur N. Popper and Anthony D. Hawkins

    Chapter 12 Active Electroreception and Electrocommunication Vielka L. Salazar

    Chapter 13 Vision Ron Douglas

    Chapter 14 Olfaction Sigrun I. Korsching

    Chapter 15 Aquaculture and Fisheries Hsin-Yiu Chou and Guan-Chung Wu

    Chapter 16 Epigenetics Paul Craig

    Chapter 17 Behaviour and Learning  Shaun S. Killen


    Suzanne Currie, PhD, is a Professor of Biology and the Harold Crabtree Chair in Aquatic Animal Physiology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. She received her BSc (honors) in biology from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and then went on to earn an MSc and PhD in biology at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Dr. Currie’s research is focused on the strategies aquatic animals use to cope with environmental stress.

    David H. Evans, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Biology at the University of Florida (UF) and Adjunct Professor at the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory (MDIBL). He received his AB in zoology from DePauw University, Indiana, in 1962 and his PhD in biological sciences from Stanford University, California, in 1967. Dr. Evans has presented over 20 invitational lectures at international meetings and has published more than 130 papers and book chapters.

    Building on the success of its four predecessor volumes, the fifth edition of The Physiology of Fishes presents an outstanding collection of seventeen reviews of how fishes "work" (to use the felicitous term favored by Knut Schmidt-Nielson). This new edition of the long-running series, which originated in 1993, again provides a one-volume assemblage of what we should know about the biology of fishes, the most speciose group of vertebrates (34,000 species identified so far). Drs. Currie and Evans have done a masterful job of selecting topics, include both familiar, long-standing ones like respiration, temperature, and iono-regulation, and newer ones like epigenetics. The authors selected to pen these reviews are well-chosen and include many younger, rising stars in fish physiology. The format and illustrations of the chapters make them user-friendly and most inviting to read. For "fish people" like myself, there is no better single-volume source of information on our favorite group of organisms. This new edition of the classic series should be on all of our bookshelves!

    George N. Somero, David and Lucile Packard Emeritus Professor of Marine Science, Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, USA


    This book, written by the top of modern comparative fish physiologists, offers an integrative and comprehensive overview of how fish function in the environment in which they live. It covers the past, present and future of our research, from evolution and phylogeny to epigenetics. For undergraduate students it gives a complete overview of the fishes’ systems biology; for the graduate students it gives the necessary details on the latest developments in their field as well as an up-to-date review of literature, and for researchers and professionals from either applied or fundamental fields, it gives the integrative overview they need to interpret and frame their findings. It is an excellent desk reference for when you quickly need to check something, for teaching or research, or to read up on something that is not in the core of your field. Anyone working with fish, young or old, would find this book a fascinating and interesting read.

    Gudrun De Boeck, Lecturer in Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Belgium


    Perfect for newcomers to fish biology as well as a reference for experts in the field, this new edition of The Physiology of Fishes is an engaging introduction to a variety of subjects from taxonomy to locomotion. Providing important updates to fish physiology topics such as epigenetics and the microbiome, this book also serves as a concise compilation of the basics of "what it means to be a fish". The 5th edition is sure to be found on the desks and shelves of students and scientists around the world!

    Carol Bucking, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Canada