Air-Breathing Fishes book cover

Air-Breathing Fishes

Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation

Audience
Students of vertebrate biology, paleontology, ichthyology, vertebrate evolution, and natural history; comparative physiologists, biologists interested in comparative biology, physiology, biochemistry, and anatomy.

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Published: June 1997

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-294860-2

Reviews

  • "No one knows more about air-breathing fishes than Jeffrey Graham. Graham makes a heroic effort to examine critically the literature on the 347 species he consider air-breathing fishes. This book contains a wealth of information and will be a tremendous resource for biologists interested in fishes and in the evolution of air-breathing ability. The descriptions of natural history for each species are fascinating. ...a monumental achievement, the work of a mature scientist at the top of his game."
    --COPEIA


    "The book is well illustrated with clear diagrams, good photographs of dissected specimens, tissue sections and some scanning electron micrographs. It is written in a clear style, is well referenced and has a good index. It should have wide appeal for all interested in the anatomy of fishes and their physiology."
    --NATURE
    "Air-Breathing Fishes: Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation most certainly qualifies as a comprehensive, authoritative source that will be required reading for fish biologists and for biologists studying tropical aquatic ecosystems. Graham's book is easily the most comprehensive treatment of its kind, rich in detail with abundant tabulated data and illustrations. Yet it remains refreshingly readable, entertaining and occasionally even amusing. ...Graham's book is sure to please."
    --Warren W. Burggren, University of Nevada, SCIENCE
    "Forty-nine fish families are now known to contain air-breathing species. The pertinent data about these species have been competently gathered. This handsome, well-illustrated volume will be useful for graduate students and professionals in ichthyology and evolutionary biology, as well as interested general readers."
    --CHOICE
    "A well-organized text aimed at upper university level covering physiology, ecology and evolution, with detailed overviews of the fishy mechanisms for breathing air. Specialized terms make it difficult to dip into later chapters without reading earlier ones, however."
    --NEW SCIENTIST
    "Air Breathing Fishes most certainly qualifies as a comprehensive, authoritative source that will be required reading for fish biologists and for biologists studying tropical aquatic ecosystems. More than this, however, Graham successfully convinces the reader that air-breathing fishes provide a powerful case study with broad implications for evolutionary biologists. Graham's book is easily the most comprehensive treatment of its kind, rich in detail with abundant tabulated data and illustrations. Yet it remains refreshingly readable, entertaining and occasionally even amusing."
    --SCIENCE
    "It holds a wealth of valuable information visually well presented by many cladograms and tables. A must for teleost taxonomists and general fans of phylogenetic systematics."
    --NATURE
    "Graham sets the stage by examining the phylogeny of air-breathing fishes in a comparative approach and maintains this approach throughout the book. Graham's effort has produced a very complete volume that will serve as an unusually good starting point for anyone interested in the topic, as well as a highly valuable resource for those already established in the field. Graham not only reviews and synthesizes past work, but also provides many ideas about future directions. This is an impressive compilation of a large, diverse and very interesting literature."
    --TREE
    "The text is packed with information and there is a valuable reference list. This book will be a staple reference for the career ichthyologist. It will also provide fascinating reading for anglers, aquarists and naturalists."
    --ZOOLOGICAL JOURNAL OF THE LINNEAN SOCIETY

Contents

  • The Biology of Air-Breathing Fishes:Introduction.Environmental Factors Affecting Air-Breathing Fishes.What is an Air-Breathing Fish?The Types of Air-Breathing Fishes.Summary and Overview.Diversity and Natural History:Introduction.The Class Osteicthyes: Families of Air-Breathing Fishes.Summary and Overview.Respiratory Organs:Introduction.Historical.Anatomy and Morphometrics.Types of Air-Breathing Organs.Lungs and Respiratory Gas Bladders.ABOs of the Higher Teleosts.Circulatory Adaptations:Introduction.Defining the Problems.Comparative Circulatory Specialization.Pulmonary Circulation: Lungfishes and Primitive Actinoperterygians.Summary and Overview.Aerial and Aquatic Gas Exchange:Introduction.Defining the Problems.Comparative Circulatory Specialization.Pulmonary Circulation: Lungfishes and Primitve Actinoperterygians.Summary and Overview.Cardiorespiratory Control:Introduction.Physical and Chemical Aspects.Comparative Aspects of Ventilatory Control: Fishes and Mammals.Studies of Bimodal Control. Studies of Central and Peripheral Control.Studies of ABO Receptors. Cardiorespiratory Reflexes.Summary and Overview.Blood Respiratory Properties:Introduction. Hemoglobin Function in Air-BreathingFishes.Other Aspects of Air-Breathing Fish Blood Function.Summary and Overview.Metabolic Adaptations:Introduction.Oxygen Access and Intermediary Metabolism.Nitrogen Metabolism.Summary and Overview.Synthesis:Introduction.The Natural History of Fish Air Breathing.Factors Leading to the Evolution of Air Breathing.Air-Breathing Specializations.Air Breathing and Aquaculture.Fish Air Breathing and the Evolution of Tetrapods.References.Index.

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