A Fisherman's Platter

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 326–327. Reviews the book, The Behavior of Fish and Other Aquatic Animals edited by David I. Mostofsky (1978). The authors of the individual articles do a responsible job of covering material relevant to their own topic, but it is fair to say that the major part of the literature on fish behavior is not mentioned at all. Motivational topics such as feeding, aggression, and sexual and parental behavior are scarcely considered, nor is any significant space devoted to social systems or the biological adaptedness of behavior. Topics that are covered include vision, audition, brain mechanisms, and the biochemical basis of learning. In most cases, the authors use fish as models for vertebrates in general. In conclusion, the book as a whole gives a very distorted view of the subject matter implied by the title, and the presentation can hardly be said to lead the reader to identify the important biobehavioral issues. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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