The phylum Mollusca is the second largest group of animals and occur in virtually all habitats. Many non-marine molluscs are threatened with more recorded extinctions than all tetrapod vertebrates combined. This text will provide the first general account of molluscs in decades and will include hundreds of colour figures. General chapters bring together a diverse and extensive literature, while taxon chapters provide overviews of their evolution, phylogeny and classification as well as more specific and detailed coverage of their biology (reproduction, feeding and digestion, excretion, respiration etc.), their long fossil record, and their natural history.
Chapter 1. Introducing Molluscs
Chapter 2. Overview of Molluscan Physiology and Genomics
Chapter 3. Shell, Body, and Muscles
Chapter 4. The Mantle Cavity and Respiration
Chapter 5. Feeding and Digestion
Chapter 6. Circulatory and Excretory Systems
Chapter 7. Nervous System, Sense Organs, Learning and Behaviour
Chapter 8. Reproduction and Development
Chapter 9. Natural History and Ecology
Chapter 10. Molluscs and Humans
Chapter 11. Research on Molluscs – Some Historical, Present, and Future Directions
Chapter 12. Molluscan Relationships
Chapter 13. Early History and Extinct Groups
Chapter 14. Polyplacophora, Monoplacophora, and Aplacophora
Chapter 15. The Bivalvia
Chapter 16. The Scaphopoda
Chapter 17. The Cephalopoda
Chapter 18. Gastropoda I — Introduction and the Stem Groups
Chapter 19. Gastropoda II — The Caenogastropoda
Chapter 20. Gastropoda III — The Heterobranchia
Chapter 21. Molluscan Research — Present and Future Directions
Winston F. Ponder (Ph.D, D.Sc, FRZSNSW) was educated in New Zealand, and employed as a curator at the Australian Museum in 1968, where he was a Principal Research Scientist in 1980 to his retirement in 2005. He has held honorary appointments at several universities through co-supervision of post graduate students and running courses on systematics and on Mollusca. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow of the Australian Museum. He has been actively involved with several societies, in particular, the Malacological Society of Australasia, and edited their journal, Molluscan Research, for 13 years (until last Dec.). He has served on several committees, including the Australian Biological Resources Survey (ABRS) Advisory Committee for six years. His research interests centre on molluscan morphology, systematics, and phylogenetics, especially of gastropods. He has also been involved in the conservation of invertebrates, and his recent research is focused on the biology and systematics of freshwater and estuarine molluscs of Australia and the region as well as the aquatic invertebrate fauna of springs associated with the Australian Great Artesian Basin. He co-edited a book on the phylogeny of molluscs with D. Lindberg (2008) and has edited three other books and, to date, is the author of 247 reviewed publications. He is also involved in the production of interactive keys to marine and freshwater molluscs.
David R. Lindberg is Professor Emeritus of Integrative Biology, Curator Emeritus in the UC Museum of Paleontology, and a former member of the Center for Computational Biology at UC Berkeley. He is a former Chair of the Department of Integrative Biology, Director of the UC Museum of Paleontology, and Chair of the UC Berkeley Natural History Museums. He has authored over 125 peer-reviewed papers and edited or authored 3 books on the evolutionary history of nearshore marine organisms and their habitats. At Berkeley, he served as major advisor to 21 Ph.D graduate students and 6 post-doctoral researchers. In addition to providing graduate seminars in evolution and organismal biology, he regularly taught a marine mammal course, an invertebrate zoology course with laboratories, and 2 semester principals of phylogenetics course. Prof. Lindberg has conducted research and fieldwork along the rocky shores of the Pacific Rim for over 40 years. In addition to his research and teaching, Prof. Lindberg was actively involved in K 16 outreach projects at the UC Museum of Paleontology, and focused on the use of the Internet to increase access to scientific resources, and the training of teachers in principles of evolutionary biology, science, and global change.