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Starfish: Biology and Ecology of the Asteroidea

By: John M Lawrence(Editor)

275 pages, 8 plates with 16 colour photos; 28 b/w photos, 36 b/w illustrations

Johns Hopkins University Press

Hardback | Mar 2013 | #204601 | ISBN-13: 9781421407876
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Among the most fascinating animals in the world's oceans are the more than 2,000 species of starfish. Called "Asteroids" by scientists who study them (after their taxonomic name, Asteroidea) – or sea stars in some parts of the world – starfish are easily recognized because of their star-like form. Starfish: Biology and Ecology of the Asteroidea is a comprehensive volume devoted to the integrative and comparative biology and ecology of starfish.

Written by the world's leading experts on starfish, the integrative section covers topics such as reproduction, developmental biology and ecology, larval ecology, and the ecological role of starfish as a group. The comparative section considers the biology and ecology of important species such as Acanthaster planci, Heliaster helianthoides, Asterias amurensis, and Pisaster ochraceus.

Replete with detailed, scientifically accurate illustrations and the latest research findings, Starfish: Biology and Ecology of the Asteroidea examines the important role of these invertebrates in the marine environment, a topic of great interest because of their impact on the food web. As major predators that are able to evert their stomach and wrap it around their prey, starfish can have a significant impact on commercial fisheries.

Starfish: Biology and Ecology of the Asteroidea are of interest not only to echinoderm specialists but also to marine biologists and invertebrate zoologists in general and, increasingly, to the medical community. A starfish's ability to regenerate body parts is almost unequalled in the animal world, making them ideal models for basic science studies on the topic.

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John M. Lawrence is a professor of integrative biology at the University of South Florida. He is the author of numerous publications, including A Functional Biology of Echinoderms, also published by Johns Hopkins.

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