The Endocrine System of Fish

Endocrine System Fish

To fully understand how these pollutants can affect fish at very low levels, it is necessary to outline very briefly how the endocrine system works. It is a control system of the body which responds to internal and external signals to maintain the body in a chemical equilibrium, to regulate sexual development and the seasonal reproductive cycles, and to evoke a stress response to external threats. At its core are the hypothalamus and pituitary, which respond to neural signals from the brain and...