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Physiology of Elasmobranch Fishes

  • Trevor J. Shuttleworth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages III-XII
  2. P. J. Butler, J. D. Metcalfe
    Pages 1-47
  3. B. L. Roberts
    Pages 49-78
  4. J. C. Montgomery
    Pages 79-98
  5. Q. Bone
    Pages 99-141
  6. S. Nilsson, S. Holmgren
    Pages 143-169
  7. T. J. Shuttleworth
    Pages 171-199
  8. I.W. Henderson, L. B. O’Toole, N. Hazon
    Pages 201-214
  9. N. Heisler
    Pages 215-252
  10. Deborah F. Perlman, L. Goldstein
    Pages 253-275
  11. I. P. Callard, L. Klosterman, Gloria V. Callard
    Pages 277-317
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 319-324

About this book

Introduction

There can be little doubt that, to use the parlance of the advertising world, the elasmobranch fishes have a "high profile image" in today's world. To most mem­ bers of the general public they are seen as terrors of the deep, perfect aquatic predators, and the stars (or more acurately, the villains) of major Hollywood movie films and innumerable television nature programmes. Such an image belies the fact that the vast majority of elasmobranch species feed on invertebrates and that, for man, the threat from shark attack is infinitesimal compared with even being struck by lightning! Similarly, there can be few biologists who have not carried out the classic vertebrate dissection of the dogfish at some stage early in the formative years of their scientific education. Yet elasmobranch species make up only a small proportion, perhaps little more than I %, of all vertebrates, and there are probably nearly 50 times as many teleost species as there are elasmobranchs. It is also curious that, as subjects for modern research, elasmobranchs seem to be chosen sometimes for their unique physiological characteristics and at other times because they represent excellent model systems for the study of some general process. Equally, it is for both these, seemingly contradictory, reasons that this book was proposed.

Keywords

Seen invertebrates muscle nervous system nitrogen physiology predator system vertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • Trevor J. Shuttleworth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysiologyThe University of Rochester Medical CenterRochesterUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-73336-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-73338-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-73336-9
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