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The Biology of Hagfishes

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

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

  1. 1.Department of Zoophysiology Institute of Biological SciencesUniversity of AarhusDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Biology of Hagfishes
  • Editors Jørgen Mørup Jørgensen
    J.P. Lomholt
    R.E. Weber
    H. Malte
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Chapman & Hall Ltd 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-412-78530-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6465-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-5834-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 578
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Freshwater & Marine Ecology
    Evolutionary Biology
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'... a mine of information on many aspects of hagfish biology. It succeeds because of its breadth and because of the consistent approach of the authors... highly recommended as a summary of current knowledge... belongs in every serious library and on the shelf of comparative vertebrate biologists.'
Copeia, 3 (2000)