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The Biology of Pelagic Tunicates - Q. Bone

The Biology of Pelagic Tunicates

By: Q. Bone (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st November 1997
ISBN: 9780198540243
Number Of Pages: 362

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Pelagic tunicates are fascinating for their beauty, remarkable in most cases for their curious and even bizarre life cycles, and often notable for extraordinarily rapid growth. Furthermore, in recent years their major importance in the economy of the sea has been recognized. Although the now outdated encyclopaedic texts of the 1930s dealt with pelagic tunicates, the results of much subsequent physiological and ecological work have only appeared in scattered articles. This book is unique in giving a modern account of the biology of pelagic tunicates, with much new and unpublished information. Different chapters treat such topics as the ecological impact of salp blooms, locomotion by jet propulsion, the affinities of different groups, and the abundance and distribution of each group. Updated classification and identification keys to every pelagic tunicate now known are included. The Biology of Pelagic Tunicates will be useful to all plankton workers, and may perhaps stimulate ecologists, physiologists, and geneticists to begin work on a somewhat neglected group of animals that offer some unusual advantages for different kinds of study.

"Chapters by various authorities provide a modern account of the biology of pelagic tunicates, an often-neglected yet fascinating group of marine organisms ... [the book] includes much new and previously-unpublished information."--Northeastern Naturalist

Introduction Chapter 1 - Anatomy of Thaliacea Chapter 2 - Anatomy of Appendicularia Chapter 3 - Locomotion, locomotor muscles and buoyancy Chapter 4 - Nervous system, sense organs and excitable epithelia Chapter 5 - Feeding and energetics of Thaliaceans Chapter 6 - The Appendicularian house Chapter 7 - Salp and pyrosomid blooms and their importance in biogeochemical cycles Chapter 8 - Feeding and metabolism of appendicularians Chapter 9 - Life history of the appendicularians Chapter 10 - The role of appendicularia in marine food webs Chapter 11 - The parasites and predators of Thaliacea Chapter 12 - Bioluminescence in the Appendicularia Chapter 13 - The cladistic biogeography of salps and pyrosomas Chapter 14 - Appendicularian distribution and zoogeography Chapter 15 - Molecular phylogeny of tunicates. A preliminary study using 28 Sribosomal RNA partial sequences: implications in terms of evolution and ecology Chapter 16 - The relationships and systematics of the Thaliacea, with keys for identification Chapter 17 - The classification of Appendicularia References Taxonomic Index Subject Index

ISBN: 9780198540243
ISBN-10: 0198540248
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 362
Published: 1st November 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.89 x 19.56  x 2.79
Weight (kg): 0.98