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 2|14 pages

Locomotion and Biomechanics

chapter 3|14 pages

Gas Exchange

chapter 6|12 pages

The Digestive System

chapter 8|12 pages


An Evolutionary Perspective on Neuroendocrine Axes in Teleosts

chapter 9|12 pages


chapter 10|14 pages


chapter 11|16 pages


chapter 13|18 pages


chapter 14|12 pages


chapter 15|10 pages

Aquaculture and Fisheries

chapter 16|12 pages


chapter 17|11 pages

Behaviour and Learning