Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Polar Fishes

Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Polar Fishes

1st Edition - October 12, 2005

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  • Editor: John Steffensen
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504463

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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. Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Polar Fishes 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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: October 12, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504463

About the Series Volume Editor

John Steffensen

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Copenhagen

About the Series Editor

Anthony Farrell

Anthony 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. His 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. Dr. Farrell 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 Award 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, Vancouver, Canada

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