Fish Physiology: Primitive Fishes

Edited by

  • David McKenzie, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier, France
  • Anthony Farrell, Dept of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • Colin Brauner, Dept of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Primitive fishes are a relatively untapped resource in the scientific search for insights into the evolution of physiological systems in fishes and higher vertebrates. Volume 26 in the Fish Physiology series presents what is known about the physiology of these fish in comparison with the two fish groups that dominate today, the modern elasmobranchs and the teleosts. Chapters include reviews on what is known about cardiovascular, nervous and ventilatory systems, gas exchange, ion and nitrogenous waste regulation, muscles and locomotion, endocrine systems, and reproduction. Editors provide a thorough understanding of how these systems have evolved through piscine and vertebrate evolutionary history. Primitive Fishes includes ground-breaking information in the field, including highlighs of the most unusual characteristics amongst the various species, which might have allowed these fishes to persist virtually unchanged through evolutionary time. This volume is essential for all comparative physiologists, fish biologists, and paleontologists.
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Comparative physiologists, fish biologists, and paleontologists


Book information

  • Published: July 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-373671-0

Table of Contents

1. Living Primitive Fishes and Fishes from Deep TimePhilippe Janvier2. Cardiovascular Systems in Primitive FishesAnthony P. Farrell3. Nervous and Sensory SystemsShaun P. Collin4. Ventilatory SystemsEmily Coolidge, Michael S. Hedrick and William K. Milsom5. Gas Transport and ExchangeColin J. Brauner and Michael Berenbrink6. Ionic, Osmotic and Nitrogenous Waste RegulationPatricia A. Wright7. Locomotion in Primitive FishesD.J. McKenzie, Melina Hale and Paolo Domenici8. Peripheral Endocrine Glands. I. The Gastroenteropancreatic Endocrine System and the Thyroid GlandJohn H. Youson9. Peripheral Endocrine Glands. II. The Adrenal Glands and the Corpuscles of StanniusJohn H. Youson10. Why Have Primitive Fishes Survived?Katriina L. Ilves and D. J. Randall