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Extremophile Fishes: Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology of Teleosts in Extreme Environments

  • This book sheds new light on the biology of extremophile fishes and the different kinds of extreme environments they inhabit
  • It covers some of the best-studied cases of extremophile fishes and provides an overview over the key adaptations enabling them to survive under extreme conditions
  • Readers will discover novel perspectives on the origin and evolution of life and particular attention is given to predicting ecosystem-wide responses to pollution and climate change

By: Rüdiger Riesch(Editor), Michael Tobler(Editor), Martin Plath(Editor)

326 pages, 16 colour & 14 b/w photos and illustrations


Paperback | Nov 2016 | #235309 | ISBN-13: 9783319348896
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Hardback | Feb 2015 | #220442 | ISBN-13: 9783319133614
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About this book

Extremophile Fishes summarizes the key adaptations enabling extremophile fishes to survive under harsh environmental conditions. It reviews the most recent research on acidic, Antarctic, cave, desert, hypersaline, hypoxic, temporary, and fest-flowing habitats, as well as naturally and anthropogenically toxic water, while pointing out generalities that are evident across different study systems. Knowledge of the different adaptations that allow fish to cope with stressful environmental conditions furthers our understanding of basic physiological, ecological, and evolutionary principles. In several cases, evidence is provided for how the adaptation to extreme environments promotes the emergence of new species. Furthermore, a link is made to conservation biology, and how human activities have exacerbated existing extreme environments and created new ones. Extremophile Fishes concludes with a discussion of major open questions in our understanding of the ecology and evolution of life in extreme environments.

"The volume has been carefully edited so that each of the 10 chapters that cover a type of extremophilia touches on a similar set of points. [...] The strengths of this book include its emphasis on integrative combinations of disciplines in each chapter, the breadth of interesting case studies, and the diverse expertise of the authors. [...] I recommend it to anyone building a library on research in fishes."
– Eric T. Schultz, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 90 (4), December, 2015


- Extremophile fishes: An Introduction
- Low-Oxygen Lifestyles
- The Adaptive Radiation of Notothenioid Fishes in the Waters of Antarctica
- Desert Environments
- Hypersaline Environments
- Life in the Fast Lane: A Review of Rheophily in Freshwater Fishes
- Hydrogen Sulfide-Toxic Habitats
- Cave Environments
- Pickled Fish Anyone?
- Temporary Environments
- Evolutionary Toxicology: Population Adaptation in Response to Anthropogenic Pollution
- Extremophile fishes: an integrative synthesis

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