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Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Tropical Fishes - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123504456, 9780080454276

Fish Physiology: The Physiology of Tropical Fishes, Volume 21

1st Edition

Editors: Adalberto Val Vera Maria Fonseca de Almeida e Val David Randall
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504456
eBook ISBN: 9780080454276
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 18th August 2005
Page Count: 400
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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


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


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"Following two introductory chapters on the tropical environment and the diversity of tropical fishes, this volume covers all the major topics in fish physiology, with a special emphasis on the callenges faced by marine and freshwater tropical fishes. This book is a valuable resource for those with interest in tropical fish fisheries, aquaculture, or conservation, as well as providing a good overview of general topics in fish physiology." --FISHERIES (2006)

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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