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