Fisheries Science & Marine Biology

Biology and Ecology of Marine Life

Biology and Ecology of Toxic Pufferfish
Ramasamy Santhanam, PhD

Biology and Ecology of Toxic Pufferfish

Published. Available now.
Pub Date: December 2017
Hardback Price: $159.95
Hard ISBN: 9781771884396
E-Book ISBN: 9781771884402
Pages: 434 pp w/ index
Binding Type: hardback
Series: Biology and Ecology of Marine Life
Notes: 21 color and 235 b/w illustrations

This is the first comprehensive book on the biology and ecology of pufferfish, also known as blowfish, swellfish, and globefish. Covering 197 species of pufferfish recorded so far from the marine, brackish, and freshwater ecosystems of the world, this important volume expounds on the toxins and associated poisonings of pufferfish. Importantly, the volume also explores the many uses of pufferfish, such as in aquariums, for their nutritional and culinary value, and for their emerging uses in the treatment of pain.

Topics covered include:

  • biology and ecology of pufferfish
  • profiles of the world’s marine, brackish, and freshwater pufferfish species
  • characteristics of TTX (tetrodotoxin) and STX (saxitoxin) of pufferfish
  • pufferfish poisoning and symptoms, treatment, and management
  • aquarium uses of pufferfish
  • nutritional and pharmaceutical values of pufferfish
  • diseases and parasites of pufferfish and their management

It has been reported that the internal organs of almost all the species of pufferfish contain tetrodotoxin, which is 100 times more potent than cyanide, and one pufferfish contains enough toxin to kill 30 adult men. The muscle portion of some species of pufferfish, which is free of toxin, however, is used to prepare a delicious meal (called fugu in Japan) by specially trained/licensed chefs in China, Japan, Taiwan, and Korea . Further, owing to their beautiful colorations of the body, many species of pufferfish are of great use in freshwater, brackish, and marine aquariums. TTX is also a promising source in the development of new drugs, including drugs that mitigate cancer pain and other pain, without the crippling side-effects of addiction and nausea.

This new volume provides a wealth of information on this unique fish and will be a valuable resource for students, scientists, and others in fisheries science, marine biology, aquatic biology, and environmental science, as well as a important resource for pharmaceutical and medical libraries as well.

1. Introduction
2. Biology and Ecology of Toxic Pufferfish
3. Profile of Toxic Pufferfish
4. Pufferfish Toxins
5. Pufferfish Poisoning
6. Pufferfish Aquariums
7. Diseases and Parasites of Pufferfish and Their Management
8. Nutritional Values of Pufferfish
9. Pharmaceutical Values of Pufferfish Toxins

About the Authors / Editors:
Ramasamy Santhanam, PhD
Former Dean, Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Thoothukudi, India

Dr. Ramasamy Santhanam is the former Dean of the Fisheries College and Research Institute at the Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in Thoothukudi, India. His fields of specialization are Marine Biology and Fisheries Environment. Presently he is serving as a resource person for various universities in India. He has also served as an expert for the Environment Management Capacity Building, a World Bank-aided project of the Department of Ocean Development, India. He was a a member of the American Fisheries Society, the World Aquaculture Society, the Global Fisheries Ecosystem Management Network (GFEMN), and the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Commission on Ecosystem Management, Switzerland. To his credit, Dr. Santhanam has 17 books on fisheries science/marine biology as well as 70 research papers.

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