Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Polar Fishes, Volume 22

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123504463
eBook ISBN: 9780080918747
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 12th October 2005
Page Count: 408

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Volume 22 of the Fish Physiology Series is entirely devoted to fishes of high latitudes (Arctic and Antarctic). Three central themes comprise the book: The uniqueness of the physiology of fishes that live in cold polar environments, a comparative analysis of physiological patterns exemplified by fishes that live poles apart and, how fishes differ from fishes living in more temperate and tropical habitats.

This book highlights the physiological adaptations that evolved to allow certain fish to exploit the frigid, yet productive, Arctic and Antarctic Oceans. The reader will explore what is known, as well as what remains undiscovered, concerning the fish indigenous to both polar regions. This will be of great interest to physiologists, ichthyologists, and comparative biologists researching low temperature biology, fishery scientists, faculty, graduate students

Key Features

  • Offers an comparative analysis of the arctic and antarctic polar marine environments
  • Authors answer the question: What is special about the physiology of fish from the stenothermal Arctic and Antarctic environments?
  • Includes nine descriptive chapters, 40 tables and over 80 figures


Physiologists, ichthyologists, comparative biologists interested in low temperature biology, fishery scientists, and Faculty, graduates students and researchers in these and other disciplines related to oceanography and marine biology.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Arctic and Antarctic Polar Marine Environments Contributors: Arthur L. DeVries and John F. Steffensen

Chapter 2. Systematic of Polar Fishes Contributors: Peter R. Mller, Jrgen G. Neilsen, and M. Eric Anderson

Chapter 3. Metabolic Biochemistry: Its Role in Thermal Tolerance and in the Capacities of Physiological and Ecological Function Contributors: H. O. Pörtner, M. Lucassen, and D. Storch

Chapter 4. Antifreeze Proteins and Organismal Freezing Avoidance in Polar Fishes Contributors: Arthur L. DeVries and C.-H. Christina Cheng

Chapter 5. Respiratory Systems and Metabolic Rates Contributors: John F. Steffensen

Chapter 6. The Circulatory System and its Control Contributors: M. Axelsson

Chapter 7. Blood Gas Transport and Haemoglobin Function in Polar Fishes: Does Lower Temperature Explain Physiological Characters? Contributors: RMG Wells

Chapter 8. Antarctic Fish Skeletal Muscle and Locomotion Contributors: William Davison

Chapter 9. The Nervous System Contributors: John McDonald and John Montgomery


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"The latest volume of the prestigious Fish Physiology series brings together a group of distinguished workers in the area of polar fish and provides a state-of-the-art survey of our understanding of the physiology of a group of organisms that have successfully adapted to one of the most physiologically challenging marine envrionments on the Earth. In addition to providing a masterly summary of the classical work, the authors also discuss areas of active current research making this the best current review of freezing avoidance in polar succeeds in providing a thorough, timely and authoritative survey of the physiology of polar fishes. It will find a place in my library and I have already found myself making extensive use of excellent summary of current knowledge and will remain for some time the place to go to learn about the physiology of fishes living at high latitudes." - POLAR RESEARCH "...this volume covers all the major topics in fish physiology, with a special emphasis on the challenges and adaptations of fishes in extreme polar environments. This book is a valuable resource for those with interest in the biology of fishes in Arctic and Antarctic environments, as well as providing a good overview of general topics in fish physiology. The publication of this volume is also timely for anyone with an interest in the effects of global change in polar regions." -FISHERIES