Air-Breathing Fishes: Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation

Other | July 1, 1997

byGraham, Jeffrey B., Jeffrey B. Graham

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Air Breathing Fishes: Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation is unique in its coverage of the evolution of air-breathing, incongruously because it focuses exclusively on fish. This important and fascinating book, containing nine chapters that present the life history, ecology, and physiology of many air-breathing fishes, provides an exceptional overview of air-breathing biology.
Each chapter provides a historical background, details the present status of knowledge in the field, and defines the questions needing attention in future research. Thoroughly referenced, containing more than 1,000 citations, and well documented with figures and tables, Air-Breathing Fishes is comprehensive in its coverage and will certainly have wide appeal. Researchers in vertebrate biology, paleontology, ichthyology, vertebrate evolution, natural history, comparative physiology, anatomy and many other fields will find something new and intriguing in Air-Breathing Fishes.

Key Features
* Offers a complete overview of an important and immensely interesting area of research
* Provides a perspective of air-breathing fish that spans 300 million years of vertebrate evolution
* Contains numerous illustrations as well as comprehensive charts
* Provides a synoptic treatment of all the known air-breathing species with important data on their morphological and physiological adaptations

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Air Breathing Fishes: Evolution, Diversity, and Adaptation is unique in its coverage of the evolution of air-breathing, incongruously because it focuses exclusively on fish. This important and fascinating book, containing nine chapters that present the life history, ecology, and physiology of many air-breathing fishes, provides an exce...

Format:OtherDimensions:299 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:July 1, 1997Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0080525490

ISBN - 13:9780080525495

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Table of Contents

The Biology of Air-Breathing Fishes:
Introduction.
Environmental Factors Affecting Air-Breathing Fishes.
What is an Air-Breathing Fish?
The Types of Air-Breathing Fishes.
Summary and Overview.
Diversity and Natural History:
Introduction.
The Class Osteicthyes: Families of Air-Breathing Fishes.
Summary and Overview.
Respiratory Organs:
Introduction.
Historical.
Anatomy and Morphometrics.
Types of Air-Breathing Organs.
Lungs and Respiratory Gas Bladders.
ABOs of the Higher Teleosts.
Circulatory Adaptations:
Introduction.
Defining the Problems.
Comparative Circulatory Specialization.
Pulmonary Circulation: Lungfishes and Primitive Actinoperterygians.
Summary and Overview.
Aerial and Aquatic Gas Exchange:
Introduction.
Defining the Problems.
Comparative Circulatory Specialization.
Pulmonary Circulation: Lungfishes and Primitve Actinoperterygians.
Summary and Overview.
Cardiorespiratory Control:
Introduction.
Physical and Chemical Aspects.
Comparative Aspects of Ventilatory Control: Fishes and Mammals.
Studies of Bimodal Control. Studies of Central and Peripheral Control.
Studies of ABO Receptors.
Cardiorespiratory Reflexes.
Summary and Overview.
Blood Respiratory Properties:
Introduction. Hemoglobin Function in Air-Breathing
Fishes.
Other Aspects of Air-Breathing Fish Blood Function.
Summary and Overview.
Metabolic Adaptations:
Introduction.
Oxygen Access and Intermediary Metabolism.
Nitrogen Metabolism.
Summary and Overview.
Synthesis:
Introduction.
The Natural History of Fish Air Breathing.
Factors Leading to the Evolution of Air Breathing.
Air-Breathing Specializations.
Air Breathing and Aquaculture.
Fish Air Breathing and the Evolution of Tetrapods.
References.
Index.