eBook Sea Urchins, 3rd Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0123972132
  • ISBN-13: 9780123972132
  • DDC: 593.95
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 550 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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This fully revised and expanded edition of Sea Urchins provides a wide-ranging understanding of the biology and ecology of this key component of the world’s oceans. Coverage includes reproduction, metabolism, endocrinology, larval ecology, growth, digestion, carotenoids, disease and nutrition. Other chapters consider the ecology of individual species that are of major importance ecologically and economically, including species from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa. In addition, six new contributions in areas such as immunology, digestive systems and community ecology inform readers on key recent developments and insights from the literature. Sea urchins are ecologically important and often greatly affect marine communities. Because they have an excellent fossil record, they are also of interest to paleontologists. Research on sea urchins has increased in recent years, stimulated first by recognition of their ecological importance and subsequently their economic importance. Scientists around the world are actively investigating their potential for aquaculture and fisheries, and their value as model systems for investigations in developmental biology continues to increase.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Table of Contents.
Preface to the First Edition.
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the Third Edition.
List of Contributors.
1: Phylogeny of Sea Urchins.
2: Sea Urchin Life History Strategies.
3: Sea Urchin Gametogenesis – Structural, Functional and Molecular/Genomic Biology.
4: Biochemical and Energy Requirements of Gonad Development.
5: Endocrine Regulation of Echinoid Reproduction.
6: Larval Ecology of Echinoids.
7: Growth and Survival of Postsettlement Sea Urchins.
8: Digestive System.
9: Feeding, Digestion and Digestibility of Sea Urchins.
10: Nutrition.
11: Carotenoids in Sea Urchins.
12: Disease in Sea Urchins.
13: Immunology in Sea Urchins.
14: Sea Urchins as Drivers of Shallow Benthic Marine Community Structure.
15: Stock Enhancement.
16: Cidaroids.
17: Centrostephanus Rodgersii.
18: Diadema.
19: Arbacia.
20: Loxechinus Albus.
21: Paracentrotus Lividus.
22: Psammechinus Miliaris.
23: Echinometra.
24: Evechinus Chloroticus.
25: Heliocidaris Erythrogramma.
26: Strongylocentrotus Droebachiensis.
27: Strongylocentrotus Franciscanus and Strongylocentrotus Purpuratus.
28: Strongylocentrotus Intermedius.
29: Strongylocentrotus Nudus.
30: Hemicentrotus Pulcherrimus, Pseudocentrotus Depressus, and Heliocidaris Crassispina.
31: Lytechinus.
32: Tripneustes.
Color Plates.