Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Tropical Fishes

Edited by

  • Adalberto Val, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia, Brasil
  • Vera Maria Fonseca de Almeida e Val, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia
  • David Randall, Zoology Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada and Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, China

The Physiology of Tropical Fishes is the 21st volume of the well-known Fish Physiology series and consists of 12 chapters. The purpose of the book is to consolidate and integrate what is known about tropical fishes (marine and freshwater species). The twelve chapters focus on the physiological adaptations acquired during the evolutionary process to cope with warm and shallow hypoxic waters from tropical and neotropical hydrographic basins as well as with the intertidal and coral reef habitats which occur in abundance in tropical seas. The special characteristics of tropical fish fauna will be issued in order to explain the tropical fish radiation, which gave rise to such extreme fish diversity. This present volume, is a voyage through the tropical region reviewing the fish diversity of the main tropical freshwater sheds, including the major tropical rivers and lakes, the major dams, and marine environments.
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Physiologists, Biochemists, Fish Biologists, Fish Researchers, Zoologists, Marine Biologists, Students


Book information

  • Published: August 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-350445-6


"Following two introductory chapters on the tropical environment and the diversity of tropical fishes, this volume covers all the major topics in fish physiology, with a special emphasis on the callenges faced by marine and freshwater tropical fishes. This book is a valuable resource for those with interest in tropical fish fisheries, aquaculture, or conservation, as well as providing a good overview of general topics in fish physiology." -FISHERIES (2006)

Table of Contents

Tropical EnvironmentDiversity of Tropical FishesThe Growth of Tropical FishBiological RhythmsFeeding plasticity and nutritional physiology in tropical fishThe Cardiorespiratory System in Tropical Fish: Structure, Function and ControlOxygen TransferNitrogen excretion and defense against ammonia toxicityIonoregulation in tropical fish from ion-poor, acidic blackwatersMetabolic and physiological adjustments induced by low oxygen and high temperature in fishes of the Amazon Physiological adaptations of fishes to tropical intertidal environmentsHypoxia tolerance in coral reef fishes