The Biology of Rocky Shores

Paperback | April 5, 2009

byColin Little, Gray A. Williams, Cynthia D. Trowbridge

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This new edition offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to rocky shore ecology and has been completely revised and updated throughout. It describes the diverse biota (invertebrates, vertebrates, seaweeds, seagrasses and microalgae) that inhabit rocky shores, and the factors thatdetermine their distributions, abundances and interactions. The book discusses the latest research on processes that control community structure, utilizing a global range of examples from a wide range of shore types - both temperate and tropical.The Biology of Rocky Shores begins by describing the shore environment, including the conditions caused by tidal rise and fall as well as an introduction to the effects of waves. It goes on to describe the biodiversity of the rocky shore environment, from seaweeds and cyanobacteria to starfish andoystercatchers, and some of the adaptations these organisms exhibit on the shore. The book discusses in turn the biology of primary producers, grazers, suspension feeders and predators, and the ways in which these trophic groups interact in various communities. The vertical and horizontaldistributions of species in relation to the tidal cycle and wave exposure are also considered. The contributions that species make in determining how rocky-shore communities function, and how they interact with off-shore systems, are explored in detail. Human influences, notably pollution,over-fishing and the introduction of alien species, are discussed in the context of rocky shore conservation and future management strategies. A final chapter offers guidance on methods of study, techniques, and experimental approaches.

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This new edition offers a concise but comprehensive introduction to rocky shore ecology and has been completely revised and updated throughout. It describes the diverse biota (invertebrates, vertebrates, seaweeds, seagrasses and microalgae) that inhabit rocky shores, and the factors thatdetermine their distributions, abundances and int...

Colin Little studied zoology at Cambridge University, and stayed on to do a Ph.D. on snail physiology. Then he migrated to Miami, USA, where he worked at the Institute of Marine Science, University of Miami, and first encountered the (at the time little-known) phylum Pogonophora. This provided his conversion to marine biology, and he ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:April 5, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface1. The shore environment2. The diversity of shore organisms3. Coping with life on the shore: adaptations of littoral organisms4. Primary producers on the shore: the autotrophs5. Utilizing autotrophic resources: the grazers6. Suspension feeders: how to live on floating food7. Eating flesh: the predators8. Vertical distributions: 'zonation' and its causes9. How organisms are gathered together: communities on the shore and the effects of wave exposure10. The functioning of rocky shore communities11. Human influences on rocky shores12. Methods and experimental approachesAppendix: Name changes of ecologically important taxaFurther readingReferencesIndex

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"The book is well illustrated, and students will have no difficulty in knowing what the various organisms look like. They will also find maps to show them where on the globe our knowledge comes from. Throughout, attention is paid to the practical needs of likely users ... this is a usefulvolume for those working in the rocky shore habitat - it well fulfils the aim of the series." --John Grahame, Journal of Animal Ecology, 1997, 66, 28/11/1997