Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Tropical Fishes

Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Tropical Fishes

1st Edition - August 18, 2005

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  • Editors: Adalberto Val, Vera Maria Fonseca de Almeida e Val, David Randall
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504456
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454276

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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.

Key Features

  • State-of-the-art information on tropical fish physiology
  • Written by specialists working in the Tropics
  • Offers a diverse depiction of the various tropical fishes and the environment where they inhabit
  • 12 innovative chapters covering a concise view of growth rate, biological rhythms, feeding plasticity, cardio-respiratory design and function, diversity of structure, and much more


Physiologists, Biochemists, Fish Biologists, Fish Researchers, Zoologists, Marine Biologists, Students

Table of Contents

  • Tropical Environment
    Diversity of Tropical Fishes
    The Growth of Tropical Fish
    Biological Rhythms
    Feeding plasticity and nutritional physiology in tropical fish
    The Cardiorespiratory System in Tropical Fish: Structure, Function and Control
    Oxygen Transfer
    Nitrogen excretion and defense against ammonia toxicity
    Ionoregulation in tropical fish from ion-poor, acidic blackwaters
    Metabolic and physiological adjustments induced by low oxygen and high temperature in fishes of the Amazon
    Physiological adaptations of fishes to tropical intertidal environments
    Hypoxia tolerance in coral reef fishes

Product details

  • No. of pages: 400
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2005
  • Published: August 18, 2005
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504456
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080454276

About the Editors

Adalberto Val

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia, Brasil

Vera Maria Fonseca de Almeida e Val

Affiliations and Expertise

Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazonia

David Randall

Affiliations and Expertise

Zoology Department, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada and Department of Biology and Chemistry, City University of Hong Kong, China

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  • KevinBrix Mon Dec 24 2018

    Seminal Work on Amazonian Fishes

    This is a great reference book on the physiological adaptations of Amazonian fishes to their environment. I found the ion transport and respiratory physiology chapters particularly good.