The Behaviour of Teleost Fishes

  • Tony J. Pitcher

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Bases of Behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages xv-2
    2. D. L. G. Noakes
      Pages 3-22
    3. Patrick Colgan
      Pages 23-46
    4. Felicity A. Huntingford
      Pages 47-68
  3. Sensory Modalities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-73
    2. D. M. Guthrie
      Pages 75-113
    3. A. D. Hawkins
      Pages 114-151
    4. Toshiaki J. Hara
      Pages 152-176
    5. Horst Bleckmann
      Pages 177-202
  4. Behavioural Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-209
    2. Paul J. B. Hart
      Pages 211-235
    3. George Turner
      Pages 253-274
    4. Robert Craig Sargent, Mart R. Gross
      Pages 275-293
    5. Tony J. Pitcher
      Pages 294-337
    6. Anne E. Magurran
      Pages 338-365
    7. Gene S. Helfman
      Pages 366-387
    8. G. J. FitzGerald, R. J. Wootton
      Pages 409-432
    9. Jakob Parzefall
      Pages 433-458
  5. Applied Fish Behaviour

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 459-461
    2. C. S. Wardle
      Pages 463-495
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 523-553

About this book


This book is about the behaviour of teleosts, a well-defined, highly successful, taxonomic group of vertebrate animals sharing a common body plan and forming the vast majority of living bony fishes. There are weH over 22000 living species of teleosts, including nearly all those of importance in com­ mercial fisheries and aquaculture. Teleosts are represented injust about every conceivable aquatic environment from temporary desert pools to the deep ocean, from soda lakes to sub-zero Antarctic waters. Behaviour is the primary interface between these effective survival machines and their environment: behavioural plasticity is one of the keys to their success. The study of animal behaviour has undergone revolutionary changes in the past decade under the dual impact of behavioural ecology and sociobiology. The modern body of theory provides quantitatively testable and experi­ mentaHy accessible hypotheses. Much current work in animal behaviour has concentrated on birds and mammals, animals with ostensibly more complex structure, physiology and behavioural capacity, but there is a growing body of information about the behaviour of fishes. There is now increasing awareness that the same ecological and evolutionary rules govern teleost fish, and that their behaviour is not just a simplified version of that seen in birds and mammals. The details of fish behaviour intimately reflect unique and efficient adaptations to their three-dimensional aquatic environment.


aquaculture behavior biology fish information physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Tony J. Pitcher
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Animal BiologyUniversity College of North WalesBangorUK

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