The Histology of Fishes is a multi-authored book of 18 chapters by 28 authors from ten countries, reflecting the state of the art of modern fish histology. The topics include Introduction to Histological Techniques, Integument, Fish Skeletal Tissues, Muscular System, Structure and Function of Electric Organs, Digestive System, Glands of the Digestive Tract, Swim Bladder, Kidney, Ovaries and Eggs, Egg Envelopes, Testis Structure, Spermatogenesis, and Spermatozoa in Teleost Fishes, Cardiovascular System and Blood, Immune System of Fish, Gills: Respiration and Ionic-Osmoregulation, Sensory Organs, Morphology and Ecomorphology of the Fish Brain, and Endocrine System. Structural and functional aspects are treated and fish diversity at various taxonomic levels is integrated in a comparative way.
- Introduction to Histological Techniques / Anna Pecio and Rafal P. Piprek
- Integument / Frank Kirschbaum and Shaun P. Collin
- Fish Skeletal Tissues / François J. Meunier
- Muscular System / Wincenty Kilarski
- Structure and Function of Electric Organs / Frank Kirschbaum
- Digestive System / Ostaszewska Teresa and Kamaszewski Maciej
- Glands of the Digestive Tract / Bogdana Wilczynska and Katarzyna Wolczuk
- Swim Bladder / Ostaszewska Teresa and Kamaszewski Maciej
- Kidney / Frank Kirschbaum
- Ovaries and Eggs / Mari Carmen Uribe, Harry J. Grier and Arlette Amalia Hernández Franyutti
- Egg Envelopes / Krzysztof Formicki and Agata Korzelecka-Orkisz
- Testis Structure, Spermatogenesis, and Spermatozoa in Teleost Fishes / Anna Pecio
- Cardiovascular System and Blood / José M. Icardo
- Immune System of Fish / Teresa Wlasow and Malgorzata Jankun
- Gills: Respiration and Ionic-Osmoregulation / Marisa Narciso Fernandes
- Sensory Organs / Jacqueline F. Webb, Shaun P. Collin, Michal Kuciel, Tanja Schulz-Mirbach, Krystyna Zuwala, Jean-Pierre Denizot and Frank Kirschbaum
- Morphology and Ecomorphology of the Fish Brain: The Rhombencephalon of Actinopterygians / Anastasia S. Kharlamova and Sergei V. Saveliev
- Endocrine System / Werner Kloas and Frank Kirschbaum
Frank Kirschbaum is a retired Professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. He obtained his PhD from the University of Cologne in 1972. As a postdoc, he worked in Gif sur Yvette (France) performing studies on the reproduction and ontogeny of weakly electric fishes. Back in Cologne, he did his Habilitation in 1984. The next steps were the Free University and then the Humboldt University in Berlin where he became Head of the Department of Biology and Ecology of Fishes and at the same time he led the Department Biology and Ecology of Fishes at the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries. Teaching activities comprised fish biology, tropical fish communities, fish systematics, and histology.
Krzysztof Formicki received his MSc (1981) and PhD (1984) at the University of Agriculture, Szczecin, Poland. Subsequently, he has been engaged as a lecturer and researcher. He received his Habilitation in 1991. He has been a Professor since 1993 and Head of the Department at West Pomeranian University of Technology, Szczecin, Poland since 2000. He was also a Dean and Vice-Rector of the University. He has had research stays in the USA (University of California) and Japan.
"This multiauthor volume edited by Kirschbaum (emer., Humboldt Univ.) and Formicki (West Pomeranian Univ. of Technology, Szczecin) comprises an eighteen-chapter monograph on the microscopic anatomy of fish, with chapters dedicated to the history of histology, histological techniques, and the histology of major fish systems (muscular, digestive, reproductive, etc.). Also included are three indexes sorted by fish family names, English (common) names, and species names. Each chapter, contributed by a unique grouping of authors, includes black-and-white plates representing tissues for each fish system covered. Two chapters are authored by Kirschbaum alone, notably the chapter on the electric organs. The writing is concise and consistently technical. An appendix of high-resolution color plates is also included. Owing to the very technical nature of the text, this volume is most suitable for researchers and fisheries scientists with an active interest in fish histology and histological techniques. It would also serve as an excellent resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who will be involved in performing fish histology work and other fish research."
– K. R. Thompson, Missouri State University, Choice, 2020 Vol. 58 No. 2