Gills: Part A-Anatomy, Gas Transfer, and Acid-Base Regulation
[Fish Physiology Series - Vol 10 PART A]
By William S Hoar and David J Randall
Publisher: Academic Press
The fish gill is an intriguing tissue because of its multifunctional nature. Gills are involved in ion and water transfer as well as oxygen, carbon dioxide, acid, and ammonia exchange, and there are many interactions between these processes. Only a relatively few species have been studied in detail, goldfish, eels, and trout being most prominent because of availability and ease of handling. Freshwater fish are much more studied than marine species for the same reasons. The range of freshwater is very broad, and are only at the beginning of understanding the differences in gill structure and function that, for example, allow some fish to flourish in soft water but restrict others to hard waters. This volume attempts to review the structure and function of fish gills
and also makes some attempt, particularly in the final chapter, to review some of the methodology used in studying gills.
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