Atlas of Tilapia Histology

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Carol M. Morrison; Kevin Fitzsimmons; James R. Wright Jr.

Type of Document:
Scholarly Article


The World Aquaculture Society

Date of Publication:
January 2006

Place of Publication:
Baton Rouge, LA


Abstract: Tilapia have become one of the most important domesticated fish around the world. The group’s importance to household income in the developing world is increasing as the vast majority of tilapia are reared by small farmers in relatively poor tropical countries for domestic consumption, local trade, and for international exports. Tilapia have become a major commodity in international trade. With the expansion of culture of these species worldwide, interest in the biology of the fish in General and health in particular have increased. The Atlas of Tilapia Histology provides a key reference work on normal anatomy and histology of Oreochromis niloticus.

The book is comprehensive with 197 full color annotated plates depicting Tilapia strains, gross anatomy with dissections and histology. Detailed depictions are provided for integumentary, muscular, skeletal, circulatory, hematopoietic, digestive, respiratory, renal, excretory, reproductive, nervous, sensory and endocrine systems. The detailed Table of Contents and comprehensive index allow the reader to quickly locate areas of interest and the spiral binding and glossy pages are designed for bench top laboratory use.

Although the fish is very hardy, the increased densities, polyculture and unusual environments in which the fish is reared, are exposing them to pathogens and stress conditions that lead to disease conditions. This reference will provides a powerful tool to allow farmers and fish health professionals to make quicker and more accurate diagnoses. It should be of particular interest to producers and breeders who need references to compare “normal” fish with newly bred strains and hybrids or fish reared in unusual environmental conditions.

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