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Fish Physiology: Primitive Fishes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123736710, 9780080549521

Fish Physiology: Primitive Fishes, Volume 26

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: David McKenzie Anthony P. Farrell Colin Brauner
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123736710
eBook ISBN: 9780080549521
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th July 2007
Page Count: 576
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Table of Contents

  1. Living Primitive Fishes and Fishes from Deep Time Philippe Janvier

  2. Cardiovascular Systems in Primitive Fishes Anthony P. Farrell

  3. Nervous and Sensory Systems Shaun P. Collin

  4. Ventilatory Systems Emily Coolidge, Michael S. Hedrick and William K. Milsom

  5. Gas Transport and Exchange Colin J. Brauner and Michael Berenbrink

  6. Ionic, Osmotic and Nitrogenous Waste Regulation Patricia A. Wright

  7. Locomotion in Primitive Fishes D.J. McKenzie, Melina Hale and Paolo Domenici

  8. Peripheral Endocrine Glands. I. The Gastroenteropancreatic Endocrine System and the Thyroid Gland John H. Youson

  9. Peripheral Endocrine Glands. II. The Adrenal Glands and the Corpuscles of Stannius John H. Youson

  10. Why Have Primitive Fishes Survived? Katriina L. Ilves and D. J. Randall


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.

Key Features

  • Provides an analysis of the evolutionary significance of physiological adaptations in "ancient fishes"
  • Offers insights on the evolution of higher vertebrates
  • The only single source that presents an in-depth discussion of topics related to the physiology of ancient fishes


Comparative physiologists, fish biologists, and paleontologists


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About the Series Volume Editors

David McKenzie

Affiliations and Expertise

Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier, France

Anthony P. Farrell

Anthony P. Farrell

Dr. Tony Farrell is a professor in the Department of Zoology & Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Tony’s research had provided an understanding of fish cardiorespiratory systems and has applied this knowledge to salmon migratory passage, fish stress handling and their recovery, sustainable aquaculture and aquatic toxicology. He has over 470 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and an h-factor of 92. He has co-edited of 30 volumes of the Fish Physiology series, as well as an award-winning Encyclopedia of Fish Physiology. As part of his application of physiology to aquaculture, he has studied the sub-lethal impacts of sea lice and piscine orthoreovirus on the physiology of juvenile salmon. He has received multiple awards, including the Fry Medal, which is the highest honour to a scientist from the Canadian Society of Zoologists, the Beverton Medal, which is the highest honour to a scientist from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles, the Medal of Excellence, which is the highest honour of the American Fisheries Society and the Murray A. Newman Awards both for Research and for Conservation from the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre. He is a former President of the Society of Experimental Biologists and a former Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Fish Biology. He served as a member of the Minister’s Aquaculture Advisory Committee on Finfish Aquaculture for British Columbia and was a member of the Federal Independent Expert Panel on Aquaculture Science.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Zoology and Faculty of Land and Food Systems, University of British Columbia and Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

Colin Brauner

Colin Brauner

Colin Brauner was educated in Canada at the University of British Columbia (Ph D), followed by a Post-doctoral fellowship at Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark, and was a Research Associate at McMaster University. He is a Professor of Zoology, UBC and Director of the UBC Aquatics Facility. He has been a Co-Editor of the Fish Physiology series since 2006. His research investigates environmental adaptations (both mechanistic and evolutionary) in relation to gas-exchange, acid-base balance and ion regulation in fish, integrating responses from the molecular, cellular and organismal level. The ultimate goal is to understand how evolutionary pressures have shaped physiological systems among vertebrates and to determine the degree to which physiological systems can adapt/acclimate to natural and anthropogenic environmental changes. This information is crucial for basic biology and understanding the diversity of biological systems, but much of his research conducted to date can also be applied to issues of aquaculture, toxicology and water quality criteria development, as well as fisheries management. His achievements have been recognized by the Society for Experimental Biology, UK (President’s medal) and the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (J.C. Stevenson Memorial Lecturer) and the Vancouver Marine Sciences Centre (Murray A. Newman Award for Aquatic Research). He is a former President of the Canadian Society of Zoologists.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Zoology, UBC and Director of the UBC Aquatics Facility