Fish Physiology: Hypoxia by Jeffrey G. Richards

Fish Physiology: Hypoxia

byJeffrey G. RichardsEditorAnthony P. Farrell, Colin J. Brauner

Hardcover | March 1, 2009

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Periods of environmental hypoxia (Low Oxygen Availability) are extremely common in aquatic systems due to both natural causes such as diurnal oscillations in algal respiration, seasonal flooding, stratification, under ice cover in lakes, and isolation of densely vegetated water bodies, as well as more recent anthropogenic causes (e.g. eutrophication). In view of this, it is perhaps not surprising that among all vertebrates, fish boast the largest number of hypoxia tolerant species; hypoxia has clearly played an important role in shaping the evolution of many unique adaptive strategies. These unique adaptive strategies either allow fish to maintain function at low oxygen levels, thus extending hypoxia tolerance limits, or permit them to defend against the metabolic consequences of oxygen levels that fall below a threshold where metabolic functions cannot be maintained.

The aim of this volume is two-fold. First, this book will review and synthesize the adaptive behavioural, morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular strategies used by fish to survive hypoxia exposure and place them within an environmental and ecological context. Second, through the development of a synthesis chapter this book will serve as the cornerstone for directing future research into the effects of hypoxia exposures on fish physiology and biochemistry.



  • The only single volume available to provide an in-depth discussion of the adaptations and responses of fish to environmental hypoxia
  • Reviews and synthesizes the adaptive behavioural, morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular strategies used by fish to survive hypoxia exposure
  • Includes discussion of the evolutionary and ecological consequences of hypoxia exposure in fish

About The Author

Tony Farrell is a graduate of Bath University, where he was fortunate to study with Peter Lutz. His fortunes grew further when he moved in 1974 to Canada and the Zoology Department at the University of British Columbia to complete his Ph.D. degree under the superb tutelage of Dave Randall. In 2004, Tony returned to UBC when he accepted...
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Title:Fish Physiology: HypoxiaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:517 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:March 1, 2009Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0123746329

ISBN - 13:9780123746320

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Table of Contents

The hypoxic environment; Ecological consequences of hypoxia and behavioural avoidance; Reproductive and developmental impacts of hypoxia; Oxygen limited thermal tolerance; Oxygen sensing and the hypoxic ventilatory response; Oxygen transport; Impacts of hypoxia on the cardiovascular system; Biochemical responses; The crucian carp; Molecular & gene responses; Volume Synthesis