235 pages, b/w illustrations
Electrophysiology and Fish Behavior encompasses 19 chapters, focusing on two main parts, namely electrophysiology and fish behavior.
In the first part, the history and behavior of electric fishes is traced out together with the application of electricity for catching fishes. The response of fishes in an electric field and the physiological mechanisms and electrical principles involved in it are correlated thereafter. Empirical studies on the reactions of cold water fishes, warm water Indian and marine fishes and hybrids in different forms of electrical field (DC, AC, Pulsed DC, Rectangular and Square wave form) by various investigators are described in detail along with the physical, chemical, biological and environmental factors responsible for the intensity of such reactions. The effect of electrical stimulation on the heart beat and body muscle of fish have been determined and recorded in the book together with the harmful effect of electric exposure on fertilized and developing eggs, hatchlings, juveniles, older fishes and the operator who handles the electric current during investigation and research in the laboratory and field.
In the second part of the book, the role of olfaction in fish behavior, especially for feeding, stimuli associated with danger, reproductive cues and social interaction are highlighted. Fish behavior in captivity and in the wild, describing adaptations to different ecosystems, are documented in the relevant chapters of the book. The diversity of fishes in different ecosystems and their cooperative behavior, with a special emphasis on learning and memory, are given in the book. In the last chapter, examples are put forth for applied fish behaviors. The book will be useful for the students, teachers and researchers working in this line of research.
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