Do fish lungs breathe?
With humans, the lungs extract oxygen from the air we breathe and transfer it into the bloodstream, at the same time releasing carbon dioxide from the system. With most—but not all—fish, the gills do the same thing. Fish take water into their mouth, passing the gills just behind its head on each side.
Does a lung fish have gills and lungs?
Like all fish, lungfish have organs known as gills to extract oxygen from water. The biological adaptation of the lung allows lungfish to also extract oxygen from the air.
Why do fish have gills and not lungs?
The lungs of mammals would not work very well for a fish, because one breath underwater would fill them with fluid and make them useless. Nonetheless, fish need oxygen to breathe, too. In order to remove oxygen from the water, they rely on special organs called “gills.” Gills are feathery organs full of blood vessels.