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Evolutionary and cardio-respiratory physiology of air-breathing and amphibious fishes

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  • Christian Damsgaard
  • Vikram B Baliga, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3, Canada.
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  • Eric Bates, Derailleur Interactive, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
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  • Warren Burggren, Developmental Integrative Biology Cluster, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas, Denton, TX 76203, USA.
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  • David J McKenzie, UMR Marbec, CNRS, IRD, Ifremer, Université Montpellier, Montpellier, France.
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  • Edwin Taylor, School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
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  • Patricia A Wright, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada.

Air-breathing and amphibious fishes are essential study organisms to shed insight into the required physiological shifts that supported the full transition from aquatic water-breathing fishes to terrestrial air-breathing tetrapods. While the origin of air-breathing in the evolutionary history of the tetrapods has received considerable focus, much less is known about the evolutionary physiology of air-breathing among fishes. This review summarizes recent advances within the field with specific emphasis on the cardiorespiratory regulation associated with air-breathing and terrestrial excursions, and how respiratory physiology of these living transitional forms are affected by development and personality. Finally, we provide a detailed and re-evaluated model of the evolution of air-breathing among fishes that serves as a framework for addressing new questions on the cardiorespiratory changes associated with it. This review highlights the importance of combining detailed studies on piscine air-breathing model species with comparative multi-species studies, to add an additional dimension to our understanding of the evolutionary physiology of air-breathing in vertebrates.

TidsskriftActa Physiologica (Print)
Sider (fra-til)e13406
Antal sider22
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2020
Eksternt udgivetJa

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