The Biology of Hagfishes

  • Jørgen Mørup Jørgensen
  • Jens Peter Lomholt
  • Roy E. Weber
  • Hans Malte

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Evolution, Taxonomy and Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Richard J. Aldridge, Philip C. J. Donoghue
      Pages 15-31
    3. Bo Fernholm
      Pages 33-44
    4. Yoshiharu Honma
      Pages 45-56
    5. Frederic H. Martini
      Pages 57-77
  3. Development and Pathology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Sei-ichi Kohno, Souichirou Kubota, Yasuharu Nakai
      Pages 81-100
    3. Sture Falkmer
      Pages 101-105
  4. The Integument and Associated Glands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 107-107
    2. Robert H. Spitzer, Elizabeth A. Koch
      Pages 109-132
    3. Ulrich Welsch, Simone Büchl, Rainer Erlinger
      Pages 133-142
  5. Supporting Tissues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Ulrich Welsch, Akira Chiba, Yoshiharu Honma
      Pages 145-159
    3. Glenda M. Wright, Fred W. Keeley, M. Edwin DeMont
      Pages 160-170
  6. The Muscular System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
  7. The Respiratory System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Helmut Bartels
      Pages 205-222
    3. Hans Malte, Jens Peter Lomholt
      Pages 223-234
  8. The Cardiovascular System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Malcolm E. Forster
      Pages 237-258
    3. Jens Peter Lomholt, Frida Franko-Dossar
      Pages 259-272
    4. Ulrich Welsch, Ian C. Potter
      Pages 273-283
  9. The Blood and Immune System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 285-285
    2. Ragnar Fänge
      Pages 287-299
    3. Niels Dohn, Hans Malte
      Pages 300-306
    4. Angela Fago, Roy E. Weber
      Pages 321-333
    5. Robert L. Raison, Nicholas J. dos Remedios
      Pages 334-344
  10. The Uro-genital System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Lüder M. Fels, Sabine Kastner, Hilmar Stolte
      Pages 347-363
    3. Robert A. Patzner
      Pages 378-395
  11. The Endocrine System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 397-397
    2. Michael C. Thorndyke, Sture Falkmer
      Pages 399-412
    3. Nicholas J. Bernier, Steve F. Perry
      Pages 413-427
  12. The Nervous System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 429-429
    2. Helmut Wicht, Udo Tusch
      Pages 431-451
    3. Mark Ronan, R. Glenn Northcutt
      Pages 452-479
    4. Stefan Nilsson, Susanne Holmgren
      Pages 480-495
  13. The Sensory Organs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 497-497
    2. Monika von Düring, Karl H. Andres
      Pages 499-511
    3. Christopher B. Braun, R. Glenn Northcutt
      Pages 512-532
    4. Kjell B. Døving
      Pages 533-540
    5. N. Adam Locket, Jørgen Mørup Jørgensen
      Pages 541-556
    6. Jørgen Mørup Jørgensen
      Pages 557-563
    7. Alistair R. McVean
      Pages 564-573
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 575-578

About this book


The hagfishes comprise a uniform group of some 60 species inhabiting the cool or deep parts of the oceans of both hemispheres. They are considered the most primitive representatives of the group of craniate chordates, which - apart from the hagfishes that show no traces of verte­ brae -includes all vertebrate animals. Consequently the hagfishes have played and still playa central role in discussions concerning the evolution of the vertebrates. Although most of the focus on hagfishes may be the result of their being primitive, it should not be forgotten that, at the same time, they are specialized animals with a unique way of life that is interesting in its own right. It is now more than 30 years since a comprehensive treatise on hagfishes was published. The Biology of Myxine, edited by Alf Brodal and Ragnar Fange (Universitetsforlaget, Oslo, 1963), provided a wealth of information on the biology of hagfishes, and over the years remained a major source of information and inspiration to students of hagfishes.


Agnatha Integument animals biology development ecology environment evolution nervous system reproduction system systematics taxonomy tissue vertebrates

Authors and affiliations

  • Jørgen Mørup Jørgensen
    • 1
  • Jens Peter Lomholt
    • 1
  • Roy E. Weber
    • 1
  • Hans Malte
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Zoophysiology Institute of Biological SciencesUniversity of AarhusDenmark

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