The skin: The many functions of fish integument

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Edited by: Anthony P. Farrell

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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 Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Western Fisheries Research Center
Description 5 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Encyclopedia of fish physiology: from genome to environment
First page 471
Last page 475