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The skin: the many functions of fish integument

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Edited by:
Anthony P. Farrell
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00285-9

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Abstract

The integument or skin is the envelope that not only separates and protects a fish from its environment, but also provides the means through which most contacts with the outer world are made. It is a large organ and is continuous with the linings of all body openings, and also covers the fins. Fish integument is a multifunctional organ, and its components may serve important roles in protection, communication, sensory perception, locomotion, respiration, ion regulation, excretion, and thermal regulation.

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Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
The skin: the many functions of fish integument
DOI:
10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00285-9
Edition:
1
Volume
1
Year Published:
2011
Language:
English
Publisher:
Academic Press
Contributing office(s):
Western Fisheries Research Center
Description:
5 p.
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Encyclopedia of fish physiology: from genome to environment
First page:
471
Last page:
475