Air-Breathing Fishes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122948602, 9780080525495

Air-Breathing Fishes

1st Edition

Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation

Editors: Jeffrey Graham
eBook ISBN: 9780080525495
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 9th June 1997
Page Count: 299
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Air Breathing Fishes: Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation is unique in its coverage of the evolution of air-breathing, incongruously because it focuses exclusively on fish. This important and fascinating book, containing nine chapters that present the life history, ecology, and physiology of many air-breathing fishes, provides an exceptional overview of air-breathing biology. Each chapter provides a historical background, details the present status of knowledge in the field, and defines the questions needing attention in future research. Thoroughly referenced, containing more than 1,000 citations, and well documented with figures and tables, Air-Breathing Fishes is comprehensive in its coverage and will certainly have wide appeal. Researchers in vertebrate biology, paleontology, ichthyology, vertebrate evolution, natural history, comparative physiology, anatomy and many other fields will find something new and intriguing in Air-Breathing Fishes.

Key Features

  • Offers a complete overview of an important and immensely interesting area of research
  • Provides a perspective of air-breathing fish that spans 300 million years of vertebrate evolution
  • Contains numerous illustrations as well as comprehensive charts
  • Provides a synoptic treatment of all the known air-breathing species with important data on their morphological and physiological adaptations


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

Table of 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-Breathing Fishes. Other Aspects of Air-Breathing Fish Blood Function. Summary and Overview.



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About the Editor

Jeffrey Graham


"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 b

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