It is becoming increasingly apparent that the interaction between plants and animals is one of the principal factors governing the composition, structure and abundance of marine benthic communities. The study of this subject in turn has contributed greatly to our understanding of coastal ecosystems and to general ecological concepts. In this volume, well-known authorities present a much-needed up-to-date review of the subject. Both regional and global perspectives are offered, with an emphasis on the relationship between herbivores and their food plants. Special consideration is given to the topics of bioerosion caused by interactions and to endosymbiosis involving algae and cnidarians. The research presented here represents the most authoritative coverage available. It will be consulted as a standard reference by marine ecologists, and used as a text by advanced students and teachers in the fields of oceanography, aquatic biology, co-evolution, malacology, and animal behavior. oceanologists
'The advantages of this volume are the well-written reviews that make a great introduction to the field, but also offer thought-provoking ideas to those cognisant with the subject. This book offers a valuable inventory of what we know and contains enough for the careful reader to identify profitable avenues for future research.'
Steve J. Hall, The Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department, Trends in Ecology & Evolution, September 1992, Vol. 7, No. 9
List of contributors; Habitats and regional perspectives: S.J. Hawkins, R.G. Hartnoll, J.M. Kain, & T.A. Norton: Plant-animal interactions on hard substrata in the Northeast Atlantic; R.L. Vadas & R.W. Elner: Plants-animal interactions in the Northwest Atlantic; M.S. Foster: Plant animal interactions in the Northeast Pacific: the importance of grazing to seaweed evolution and assemblage structure; D.M. John, J.H. Price, & G.W. Lawson:
Tropical East Atlantic and islands: plant-animal interactions on tropical shores free of biotic reefs; Deborah M. Brosnan: Ecology of tropical rocky shores: plant-animal interactions in tropical and temperate latitudes; K. Reise: Grazing on sediment shores; R.J. Orth: A perspective on plant-animal interactions in seagrasses:
physical and biological determinants influencing plant and animal abundance; L. Mazzella, M.C. Buia, M.C. Gambi, M. Lorenti, G.F. Russo, M.B. Scipione, & V. Zupo: Plant-animal trophic relationships in the posidonia oceanica ecosystem of the Mediterranean Sea: a review; G.A. Williams & R. Seed: Interactions between macrofaunal epiphytes and their host algae; N.V.C. Polunin & D.W. Klumpp: A trophodynamic model of fish production on a windward reef tract;
Processes and types of plant-animal interaction: Susan H. Brawley: Mesograzers; B.L. Bayne & A.J.S. Hawkins: Herbivory in benthic suspension-feeding molluscs; M.G. Chapman & A.J. Underwood: Foraging behaviour of marine benthic grazers; M.E. Hay & W. Fenical: Chemical mediation of seaweed-herbivore interactions; M.H. Horn: Herbivorous fish:
feeding and digestion mechanisms; B. Santelices: Digestion survival of algae: an overview; A.N.C. Morse: Role of algae in the recruitment of marine invertebrate; G.M. Branch, J.M. Harris, C. Parkins, R.H. Bustamente, & S. Eckhout: Algal gardening; by marine grazers: a comparison of the ecological effects of territorial fish and limpets; W.P. Sousa & J.H. Connell: Grazing and succession; A.J. Underwood: Competition and marine plant-animal interactions; R.S. Steneck:
Plant-herbivore coevolution: a reappraisal from the marine realm and its fossil record; T. Spencer: Bioerosion and biogeomorphology; Endosymbiosis: P.S. Spencer-Davies: Endosymbiosis in marine cnidarians; Summary and future view: A.J. Underwood: Summary and future prospects for plant-animal interactions; Index; List of
Systematics Association Publications.
Series: Systematics Association Special Volumes
Number Of Pages: 586
Published: 26th March 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 16.3
Weight (kg): 1.1