Fishes of Antarctica

A biological overview

  • Guido Di Prisco
  • Eva Pisano
  • Andrew Clarke

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Introductory Overview

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Ecology

  4. Physiology and Biochemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. George N. Somero, Peter A. Fields, Gretchen E. Hofmann, Randi B. Weinstein, Helena Kawall
      Pages 97-109
    3. Luisella Carratù, Andrew Y. Gracey, Stefania Buono, Bruno Maresca
      Pages 111-118
    4. Andreas P. A. Wöhrmann
      Pages 119-128
    5. Bruno Giardina, Alvaro Mordente, Bruno Zappacosta, Cinzia Callà, Luigi Colacicco, Maria L. Gozzo et al.
      Pages 129-138
    6. Vincenzo Carginale, Antonio Capasso, Clemente Capasso, Peter Kille, Elio Parisi, Gianluca L. Passaretti et al.
      Pages 151-161
    7. Russell F. Robertson, Nia M. Whiteley, Stuart Egginton
      Pages 197-204
    8. Maria C. Cerra, Rosa Mazza, Daniela Pellegrino, Bruno Tota
      Pages 205-213
    9. Maria Angela Masini, Maddalena Sturla, Eva Pisano, Philippe Koubbi, Rosella Coradeghini, Bianca Maria Uva
      Pages 215-224
    10. Peter L. M. van Dijk, Iris Hardewig, Hans Otto Pörtner
      Pages 225-236
    11. Michele Maffia, Raffaele Acierno, Mariella Rollo, Carlo Storelli
      Pages 237-246
    12. Grazia Tagliafierro, Marina Carlini, Gabriella Faraldi, Lorenzo Gallus
      Pages 247-256
  5. Evolution and Phylogeny

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 257-257
    2. Luca Bargelloni, Guillaume Lecointre
      Pages 259-273
    3. Eva Pisano, Catherine Ozouf-Costaz, Valentina Prirodina
      Pages 275-285
    4. Wei-Jen Chen, Céline Bonillo, Guillaume Lecointre
      Pages 287-298
    5. Olivier Clément, Catherine Ozouf-Costaz, Guillaume Lecointre, Patrick Berrebi
      Pages 299-309
    6. John C. Montgomery, John A. Macdonald
      Pages 329-338
    7. Wytze T. Stam, Jaap J. Beintema, Rossana D’Avino, Maurizio Tamburrini, Ennio Cocca, Guido di Prisco
      Pages 355-359
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 361-363

About this book


The Antarctic fish fauna has evolved over a long period of geographic and climatic isolation. In the course of this evolution, Antarctic fish have developed specialized adaptations, some of which characterize these organisms as unique. In strong contrast to the continental shelf faunas elsewhere, the Antarctic shelf ichthyofauna is dominated by a single highly endemic group, the Notothenioidei. This group of perciform fish probably first appeared and diversified in the early Tertiary. The development of the Polar Front (referred to as the Antarctic Convergence in the older literature) resulted in a natural oceanographic barrier to migration in either direction, and thus became a key factor in the evolution of Antarctic fish. The dominance of the Antarctic continental shelf fauna by a single taxonomic group of fish provides a simplified natural laboratory for exploring the wealth of physiological, biochemical and ecological adaptations that characterize the fauna. Understanding of the patterns of adaptation in this highly specialized group of fish can tell us much about of evolution.


Anpassung Antarktis Arktis Fische adaptation antarctica arctic environment evolution fauna fish

Authors and affiliations

  • Guido Di Prisco
    • 1
  • Eva Pisano
    • 2
  • Andrew Clarke
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Protein Biochemistry and EnzymologyCNRNaplesItaly
  2. 2.Institute of Comparative AnatomyUniversity of GenoaGenoaItaly
  3. 3.British Antarctic SurveyCambridgeUK

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