The Histology of Fishes
The book is a multi-authored book of 18 chapters comprising the state of the art work of all relevant topics on modern fish histology from 28 authors from ten countries. The topics include Introduction to Histological Techniques, Integument, Fish Skeletal Tissues, Muscular System, Structure and Function of Electric Organs, Digestive System, Glands of the Digestive Tract, Swim Bladder, Kidney, Ovaries and Eggs, Egg Envelopes, Testis Structure, Spermatogenesis, and Spermatozoa in Teleost Fishes, Cardiovascular System and Blood, Immune System of Fish, Gills: Respiration and Ionic-Osmoregulation, Sensory Organs, Morphology and Ecomorphology of the Fish Brain, and Endocrine System. Structural and functional aspects are treated and in a comparative way fish diversity at various taxonomic levels is integrated.
This multiauthor volume edited by Kirschbaum (emer., Humboldt Univ.) and Formicki (West Pomeranian Univ. of Technology, Szczecin) comprises an eighteen-chapter monograph on the microscopic anatomy of fish, with chapters dedicated to the history of histology, histological techniques, and the histology of major fish systems (muscular, digestive, reproductive, etc.). Also included are three indexes sorted by fish family names, English (common) names, and species names. Each chapter, contributed by a unique grouping of authors, includes black-and-white plates representing tissues for each fish system covered. Two chapters are authored by Kirschbaum alone, notably the chapter on the electric organs. The writing is concise and consistently technical. An appendix of high-resolution color plates is also included. Owing to the very technical nature of the text, this volume is most suitable for researchers and fisheries scientists with an active interest in fish histology and histological techniques. It would also serve as an excellent resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate students who will be involved in performing fish histology work and other fish research.
--K. R. Thompson, Missouri State University, Choice, 2020 Vol. 58 No. 2