The fifth edition of The Physiology of Fishes represents a compendium of knowledge across fish physiology, collecting up-to-date research into an easy-to-access single textbook. Written by the leaders in the field, it provides a comprehensive, accessible review of the core topics, integrating physiology with environmental science, ecology, evolution, and molecular cell biology. New chapters address Epigenetics, Biomechanics and Locomotion, and Behaviour and Learning. Each chapter contains an extensive bibliography, providing readers with the best sources from the primary literature.


Almost three decades after the publication of the first edition, this book remains the only published single-volume work on fish physiology. The fifth edition provides an important reference for new students of fish biology, marine and freshwater biologists, ichthyologists, fisheries scientists, and comparative physiologists.

chapter 1|18 pages

Evolution and Phylogeny

ByTerry C. Grande, Mark V. H. Wilson

chapter 2|14 pages

Locomotion and Biomechanics

ByEmily Standen

chapter 3|14 pages

Gas Exchange

ByJodie L. Rummer, Colin J. Brauner

chapter 4|16 pages

The Cardiovascular System

ByErika J. Eliason, Jonathan A. W. Stecyk

chapter 5|16 pages

Iono- and Osmoregulation

ByDietmar Kültz, Kathleen M. Gilmour

chapter 6|12 pages

The Digestive System

ByCarol Bucking, W. Gary Anderson

chapter 7|14 pages

Thermal Biology

ByNann A. Fangue, Anne E. Todgham, Patricia M. Schulte

chapter 8|12 pages


An Evolutionary Perspective on Neuroendocrine Axes in Teleosts
BySylvie Dufour, Karine Rousseau

chapter 9|12 pages


ByDeborah MacLatchy

chapter 10|14 pages


ByTommy Norin, Ben Speers-Roesch

chapter 11|16 pages


ByArthur N. Popper, Anthony D. Hawkins

chapter 12|14 pages

Active Electroreception and Electrocommunication

ByVielka L. Salazar

chapter 13|18 pages


ByRon Douglas

chapter 14|12 pages


BySigrun I. Korsching

chapter 15|10 pages

Aquaculture and Fisheries

ByHsin-Yiu Chou, Guan-Chung Wu

chapter 16|12 pages


ByPaul Craig

chapter 17|11 pages

Behaviour and Learning

ByShaun S. Killen