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Antarctic Fish Biology: Evolution in a Unique Environment

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By: JT Eastman

322 pages, B/w illus, figs, tabs

Academic Press

Hardback | Dec 1993 | #26581 | ISBN: 0122281403
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About this book

This important volume provides an original synthesis and novel overview of Antarctic fish biology, detailing the evolution of these fish in some of the most unusual and extreme environments in the world. Focusing on the nototheniods, which contains the majority of the current organismal diversity, this book describes a fauna that has evolved in isolation and experienced incredible adaptive radiation by acquiring numerous physiological specialisations.


Contents

The Antarctic Environment. Past and Present: Physical and Biological Characteristics of the Antarctic Marine Environment. Geologic and Climatic History of Antarctica. The Fossil Fish Faunas. The Modern Fauna: Biology and Relationships: The Modern Fauna: Zoogeography. The Modern Fauna: Taxonomic Composition. The Modern Fauna: Notothenioids. Systematic Relationships of Notothenioids. Zoogeographic Origins and Evolution of the Modern Fauna. Organ System Adaptation in Notothenioids: Biochemistry and Metabolism. Evolutionary Modification of Buoyancy. Anti-Freeze Glycopeptides. Muscular System and Swimming. Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems. Nervous System and Special Senses. Final Remarks and Outlook. References. Index.

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