The Biology of Pelagic Tunicates

Hardcover | January 1, 1998

EditorQ. Bone

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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 Although the now outdated encyclopaedic texts of the 1930s dealt with pelagic tunicates, the results of much subsequent physiological and ecological work have only appeared in scattered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 andunpublished 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 nowknown 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.

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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 Although the now outdated encyclopaedic texts of the 1930s d...

Quentin Bone is at Marine Laboratory, Plymouth.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:354 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.98 inPublished:January 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198540248

ISBN - 13:9780198540243

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Table of Contents

IntroductionChapter 1 - Anatomy of ThaliaceaChapter 2 - Anatomy of AppendiculariaChapter 3 - Locomotion, locomotor muscles and buoyancyChapter 4 - Nervous system, sense organs and excitable epitheliaChapter 5 - Feeding and energetics of ThaliaceansChapter 6 - The Appendicularian houseChapter 7 - Salp and pyrosomid blooms and their importance in biogeochemical cyclesChapter 8 - Feeding and metabolism of appendiculariansChapter 9 - Life history of the appendiculariansChapter 10 - The role of appendicularia in marine food websChapter 11 - The parasites and predators of ThaliaceaChapter 12 - Bioluminescence in the AppendiculariaChapter 13 - The cladistic biogeography of salps and pyrosomasChapter 14 - Appendicularian distribution and zoogeographyChapter 15 - Molecular phylogeny of tunicates. A preliminary study using 28 Sribosomal RNA partial sequences: implications in terms of evolution and ecologyChapter 16 - The relationships and systematics of the Thaliacea, with keys for identificationChapter 17 - The classification of AppendiculariaReferencesTaxonomic IndexSubject Index