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Physiology of the Cladocera


By: Nikolai N Smirnov(Author)

418 pages, b/w illustrations, tables

Academic Press

Hardback | Jun 2017 | Edition: 2 | #237263 | ISBN-13: 9780128051948
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Physiology of the Cladocera, Second Edition, is a much-needed summary of foundational information on these increasingly important model organisms. This unique and valuable review is based on the world's literature, including Russian research not previously widely available, and offers systematically arranged data on the physiology of Cladocera, assisting with explanation of their life and distribution. It features the addition of new sections and a vast amount of new information, such as the latest data on feeding, nutrition, pathological physiology, chemical composition, neurosecretion, and behavior, as well as hormonal regulation, antioxidants, and the biochemical background of effects of natural and anthropogenic factors. Additional expertly updated contributions in genetics and cytology, and a new chapter in embryology, round out the physiological chapters, and provide comprehensive insight into the state of knowledge of Cladocera and their underlying mechanisms.

Cladocera crustaceans have become globally studied for many purposes, including genetic, molecular, ecological, environmental, water quality, systematics, and evolutionary biology research. Since the genome of Daphnia was sequenced and published, that system has gained much wider exposure, also leading to a rapidly growing awareness of the importance of understanding physiological processes as they relate to evolutionary and ecological genomics as well as ecogenomic toxicology. However, the physiological background on Cladocera has been fragmentary (including on the other 700 known species besides Daphnia), despite the extensive literature on species identification and morphology. Physiology of the Cladocera addresses this issue by collecting and synthesizing from the literature the state of knowledge of cladoceran physiology, including discussion on both adequately and inadequately investigated fields, and thus directions of future research.


1. General
2. Methods
3. Chemical Composition
4. Nutrition
5. Respiration
6. Circulation
7. Excretion
8. Osmotic Regulation
9. Cell and Tissue Metabolism
10. Growth and Molting
11. Reproduction
12. Locomotion
13. Nervous System and Sense Organs
14. Behavior
15. Ecophysiology
16. A Cytological Perspective
      Margaret J. Beaton and Carli M. Peters
17. The Genomics of Cladoceran Physiology: Daphnia as a Model
      Kay Van Damme, Dörthe Becker, Elizabeth Turner, Joseph R. Shaw, John K. Colbourne, Bettina Zeis, Mathilde Cordellier, Ellen Decaestecker and Michael E. Pfrender
18. Notes on the Physiology of Embryogenesis
      Alexey A. Kotov

Conclusions: Special Traits of Cladoceran Physiology

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Nikolai N. Smirnov is Principal Scientist at the Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, in the Laboratory of Aquatic Communities and Invasions. His principal research interests include morphology, systematics, and other aspects of the biology of Cladocera, and he has had experience in this field for more than 40 years. He is the editor of the English-language edition of Journal of Ichthyology and head of the Advisory Committee for Arthropoda Selecta, and has traveled extensively across four continents conducting zoological research.

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