Osmosis and Anadromous
Date: August 2004
You indicated that osmoregulators was the name for fish,
like salmon, that can live in both fresh and salt water. I am under the
impression that the term for this is anadromous. Please make the
distinction between these two terms.
Anadromous fish are defined as those which "migrate between freshwater and saltwater",
according to the following webpage from the Nat'l. Marine Fisheries Service:
Osmoregulation refers to the general physiological process that provides for this
capability, as explained in the following PageWise & Wikipedia entries, although it
is not unique such migratory fish:
I hope that this explanation is helpful,
Jeff Buzby, Ph.D.
CHOC Research Institute
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