Fish Ecophysiology

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Springer Netherlands, 1993 - Nature - 421 pages
Among the fishes. a remarkably wide range of biological adaptations to diverse habitats has evolved. As well as living in the conventional habitats of lakes. ponds, rivers, rock pools and the open sea, fish have solved the problems of life in deserts. in the deep sea. in the cold antarctic. and in warm waters of high alkalinity or of low oxygen. Along with these adaptations, we find the most impressive specialisations of morphology, physiology and behaviour. For example we can marvel at the high-speed swimming of the marlins. sailfish and warm-blooded tunas, air-breathing in catfish and lungfish. parental care in the mouth-brooding cichlids and viviparity in many sharks and toothcarps. Moreover, fish are of considerable importance to the survival of the human species in the form of nutritious. delicious and diverse food. Rational exploi management of our global stocks of fishes must rely upon a detailed tation and and precise insight of their biology. The Chapman [.,. Hall Fish and Fisheries series aims to present timely volumes reviewing important aspects of fish biology. Most volumes will be of interest to research workers in biology. zoology. ecology and physiology but an additional aim is for the books to be accessible to a wide spectrum of non-specialist readers ranging from undergraduates and postgraduates to those with an interest in industrial and commercial aspects of IIsh and t1sheries.

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Institute of Biology Odense University DK5230 Odense M Denmark
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Biochemical correlates of growth rate in fish
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Growth reproduction and death in lampreys and eels
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John C. Rankin is president of the Theological Education Institute, TEI International, whose motto is "The Power to Love Hard Questions." He grew up in an agnostic Unitarian background, then ran into the presence of the living God in 1967. He holds graduate degrees in theology from Gordon-Conwell and Harvard, is currently studying at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies, and is ordained through the Vineyard Christian Fellowship. He is founder of the Mars Hill Forum series, and through the TEI International Leadership School seeks to equip the church with the biblical and cultural literacy necessary to advance the Gospel. He and his wife Nancy were married in 1977 and have four grown children. His website is: www.teii.org.

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