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Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Fishes
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Ecological and Environmental Physiology of Fishes

F. Brian Eddy and Richard D. Handy

Abstract

Over two thirds of the earth's surface is covered by water, and adaptation to the aquatic habitats dominated the first 150 to 200 million years of vertebrate development. More than half the living vertebrates are aquatic. Fish have evolved to colonise almost every type of aquatic habitat, and today they are a hugely diverse group of about 25,000 species. Evolution of this great diversity has resulted in fascinatingly different designs for special modes of life as well as solutions to the problems common to them all. Comparisons help to reveal the biological and physiological compromises fish h ... More

Keywords: aquatic habitats, fish, vertebrate development, physiological compromises, coastal waters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199540945
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199540945.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

F. Brian Eddy, author
Professor Emeritus, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, UK

Richard D. Handy, author
Professor of Environmental Toxicology, and Director of the Ecotoxicology Research and Innovation Centre, University of Plymouth, UK

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