Extremophile Fishes

Ecology, Evolution, and Physiology of Teleosts in Extreme Environments

  • Rüdiger Riesch
  • Michael Tobler
  • Martin Plath

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Martin Plath, Michael Tobler, Rüdiger Riesch
    Pages 1-7
  3. Lauren J. Chapman
    Pages 9-33
  4. Michael Matschiner, Marco Colombo, Malte Damerau, Santiago Ceballos, Reinhold Hanel, Walter Salzburger
    Pages 35-57
  5. Stanley D. Hillyard, Jason E. Podrabsky, Frank van Breukelen
    Pages 59-83
  6. Gary Laverty, Erik Skadhauge
    Pages 85-106
  7. Nathan K. Lujan, Kevin W. Conway
    Pages 107-136
  8. Rüdiger Riesch, Michael Tobler, Martin Plath
    Pages 137-159
  9. Matthew L. Niemiller, Daphne Soares
    Pages 161-191
  10. Jay A. Nelson
    Pages 193-215
  11. Matej Polačik, Jason E. Podrabsky
    Pages 217-245
  12. Michael Tobler, Rüdiger Riesch, Martin Plath
    Pages 279-296
  13. Back Matter
    Pages 297-326

About this book


This book summarizes the key adaptations enabling extremophile fishes to survive under harsh environmental conditions. It reviews the most recent research on acidic, Antarctic, cave, desert, hypersaline, hypoxic, temporary, and fast-flowing habitats, as well as naturally and anthropogenically toxic waters, while pointing out generalities that are evident across different study systems. Knowledge of the different adaptations that allow fish to cope with stressful environmental conditions furthers our understanding of basic physiological, ecological, and evolutionary principles. In several cases, evidence is provided for how the adaptation to extreme environments promotes the emergence of new species. Furthermore, a link is made to conservation biology, and how human activities have exacerbated existing extreme environments and created new ones. The book concludes with a discussion of major open questions in our understanding of the ecology and evolution of life in extreme environments.


Adaption Biodiversity Ecosystems Evolution Extremophiles Fish Biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Rüdiger Riesch
    • 1
  • Michael Tobler
    • 2
  • Martin Plath
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Biological Sciences, Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour, Royal Holloway University of LondonEghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Division of BiologyKansas State UniversityManhattanUSA
  3. 3.Sino-German Animal Research Center, College of Animal Science and Technology, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, P.R. China, Evolutionary Ecology Group, Goethe University FrankfurtFrankfurt a.M.Germany

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