Life Histories: Volume 5 (Natural History of the Crustacea) (Hardcover)

Life Histories: Volume 5 (Natural History of the Crustacea) By Martin Thiel (Editor), Gary A. Wellborn (Editor) Cover Image

Life Histories: Volume 5 (Natural History of the Crustacea) (Hardcover)

By Martin Thiel (Editor), Gary A. Wellborn (Editor)


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Crustaceans are increasingly being used as model organisms in all fields of biology, including neurobiology, developmental biology, animal physiology, evolutionary ecology, biogeography, and resource management. Crustaceans have a very wide range of phenotypes and inhabit a diverse array of environments, ranging from the deep sea to high mountain lakes and even deserts. The evolution of their life histories has permitted crustaceans to successfully colonize this variety of habitats. Few other taxa exhibit such a variety of life histories and behavior. A comprehensive overview of their life histories is essential to the understanding of many aspects of their success in marine and terrestrial environments.

This volume provides a general overview of crustacean life histories. Crustaceans have particular life history adaptations that have permitted them to conquer all environments on earth. Crustacean life cycles have evolved to maximize fecundity, growth, and ageing, in a wide range of environmental conditions. Individual contributions contrast benefits and costs of different life histories including sexual versus asexual production, semelparity versus iteroparity, and planktonic larvae versus direct development. Important aspects of particular behaviors are presented (e.g. migrations, defense and territorial behaviors, anti-predator behavior, symbiosis).
Gary A. Wellborn is Professor of Biology and Director of The University of Oklahoma Biological Station. Martin Thiel is a Professor of Marine Biology at Universidad Catolica del Norte (UCN) in Coquimbo, Chile.
Product Details ISBN: 9780190620271
ISBN-10: 0190620277
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 19th, 2018
Pages: 454
Language: English
Series: Natural History of the Crustacea