Produced in 1980 by the Institute of Biology as part of its Studies in Biology series, this booklet illustrates the fundamental principles of respiratory physiology. It uses invertebrates as they present a diversity of adaptive strategies to the problem of balancing an animal's metabolic requirements with its accessibility to oxygen.
The booklet looks at areas that include:
* Principles of gaseous exchange
* Surfaces for gaseous exchange: integuments, gills, lungs and tracheae
* Respiratory gas transport by the blood
* Factors of energy expenditure
* Regulation of respiration
* Life in hypoxic and anoxic environments