This volume offers contributions from leading experts in the biology of chaetognaths, or arrow worms--voracious carnivores which are exceptionally abundant in all the seas of the world. Until now there has been a lack of easily accessible information on this group, despite the fact that their vast numbers very likely render chaetognaths of major ecological significance in marine planktonic communities. This work is the first comprehensive survey. It deals with all aspects of chaetognath biology, including much recent and unpublished work. Two chapters are devoted to taxonomic relationships, two chapters cover morphology and anatomy, four chapters are concerned with physiology and behavior, three are devoted to ecology, and one chapter provides detailed information about the techniques necessary for studying the organism. The book will interest all marine biologists and zoologists working on plankton, along with invertebrate biologists, systematists, and advanced students of marine biology.
'This book fills a major gap in chaetognath literature ... One of the advantages of this book is that the authors frankly discuss points of scientific disagreement. It clearly presents recent development and identifies large areas of further research. The book with its excellent illustrations and more than 500 references will be very helpful for newcomers as well as experts to gain an overview into the different fields of chaetognath research.'
W. Hagen (Kiel), Helgoländer Meeresuntersuchungen
'At last! It is over 50 years ago since a comprehensive review on the biology of chaetognaths appeared, so this review is welcomed. The editors have achieved just the right balance between the different subjects. I found the text easy and interesting to read, and full of useful suggestions for further research. This book will be consulted as a reference work for many years ahead. It is a 'must' on the bookshelf for every higher degree student and researcher
in zooplanktology, systematics and comparative morphology and physiology, as well as for teachers of zoology.'
Vidar Oresland, Journal of Natural History, 1991
'The book gives a comprehensive review of chaetognath biology, and aims to be of practical value to plankton workers.'
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, Volume 72, Number 1, 1992
'This text is very well illustrated and serves not only as an excellent introduction to the group but is required reading for anybody working or thinking of working with chaetognaths ... this text is a must for all those working on or peripherally interested in chaetognaths.'
John Mauchline, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology, Vol. 162/2, 1992
'it is an essential addition to any library purporting to be biologically comprehensive'
M.V. Angel, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (1992), 105
`The three editors have effectively created a uniformity o style and approach...'
`...it is an essential addition to any library purporting to be biologically comprehensive.'Journal of Ornithology
List of contributors; Q. Bone, H. Kapp & A.C. Pierrot-Bults: Introduction and relationships of the group; H. Kapp: Morphology and anatomy; Q. Bone & H. Goto: Nervous system; Q. Bone & M. Duvert: Locomotion and buoyancy; David Feigenbaum: Food and feeding behaviour; Erik V. Thuesen: The tetrodotoxin venom of chaetognaths; Sifford Pearre, Jr.: Growth and reproduction; Sachiko Nagasawa: Parasitism and diseases in chaetognaths; A.C.
Pierrot-Bults & V.R. Nair: Distribution patterns in Chaetognatha; M. Terazaki: Deep sea chaetognaths; Robert Bieri: Systematics of the Chaetognatha; D.V.P. Conway & D.B. Robins: Collection and chemical analysis of chaetognaths and
changes due to preservation; References; Taxonomic index; Subject index.