© 2004

The Senses of Fish

Adaptations for the Reception of Natural Stimuli

  • Gerhard von der Emde
  • Joachim Mogdans
  • B. G. Kapoor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Barbara I. Evans
    Pages 1-30
  3. Arnold J. Sillman, David A. Dahlin
    Pages 31-54
  4. Tine Valentinčič
    Pages 90-108
  5. Gabrielle Nevitt, Andrew Dittman
    Pages 109-127
  6. Zhongmin Lu
    Pages 147-172
  7. Friedrich Ladich
    Pages 210-230
  8. John Janssen
    Pages 231-264
  9. Timothy C. Tricas, Joseph A. Sisneros
    Pages 308-329
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 369-377

About this book


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.


Evolution behavior ecology environment morphology neural mechanisms perception physiology plankton

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerhard von der Emde
    • 1
  • Joachim Mogdans
    • 2
  • B. G. Kapoor
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute for Zoology, Neuroethology/Sensory EcologyUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  2. 2.Institute for ZoologyUniversität BonnBonnGermany
  3. 3.GwaliorIndia

Bibliographic information

Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals