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The Senses of Fish : Adaptations for the Reception of Natural Stimuli - Gerhard von der Emde

The Senses of Fish

Adaptations for the Reception of Natural Stimuli

By: Gerhard von der Emde (Editor), Joachim Mogdans (Editor), B. G. Kapoor (Editor)

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Fish comprise more than 50% of all living vertebrates and are found in a wide range of highly diverse habitats like the deep sea, the shoreline, tide pools, tropical streams and sweetwater ponds. During evolution, the senses of fish have adapted to the physical conditions of the environment in which different species live. As a result, the senses of fish exhibit a remarkable diversity that allows different species to deal with the physical constraints imposed by their habitat. In addition, fish have evolved several `new' sensory systems that are unique to the aquatic environment.
In this book, examples of adaptation and refinement are given for six sensory systems: The visual system, The auditory system, The olfactory system, The mechanosensory lateral line system, The taste system, The electrosensory system. In each case, the environmental conditions under which a particular group of fish lives are analyzed. This is followed by a description of morphology and physiology of the sensory system and by an evaluation of its perceptional capabilities. Finally, the sensory adaptations to the particular conditions that prevail in the habitat of a species are highlighted.
The various examples from different groups of fish presented in this book demonstrate the impressive capability of fish sensory systems to effectively overcome physical problems imposed by the environment.

Forewordp. v
Prefacep. xi
List of Contributorsp. xv
A Fish's Eye View of Habitat Changep. 1
The Photoreceptors and Visual Pigments of Sharks and Sturgeonsp. 31
Chemosensory Systems in Fish: Structural, Functional and Ecological Aspectsp. 55
Taste and Olfactory Stimuli and Behavior in Fishp. 90
Olfactory Imprinting in Salmon: New Models and Approachesp. 109
Sensory Brain Areas in Deep Sea Slickheads, Eels, and Grenadiers: Comparison of Mesopelagic and Demersal Speciesp. 128
Neural Mechanisms of Hearing in Fishp. 147
Neuroethology and Sensory Ecology of Teleost Ultrasound Detectionp. 173
The Role of Gas-Holding Structures in Fish Hearing: An Acoustically Evoked Potentials Approachp. 189
Sound Production and Acoustic Communicationp. 210
Lateral Line Sensory Ecologyp. 231
Neurobiology of the Fish Lateral Line: Adaptations for the Detection of Hydrodynamic Stimuli in Running Waterp. 265
Adaptation of the Rostral Ampullary Electrosense for Plankton Feeding by the Paddlefishp. 288
Ecological Functions and Adaptations of the Elasmobranch Electrosensep. 308
Electroreception: Strategies for Separation of Signals from Noisep. 330
Essay: The Lure of Field Research on Electric Fishp. 362
Indexp. 369
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ISBN: 9781402018206
ISBN-10: 1402018207
Series: Cancer Treatment and Research
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 377
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 1.07