336 pages | 244 Color Illus. | 142 B/W Illus.
This book provides the taxonomy, common name, global distribution, habitat, diagnostic features and pharmaceutical compounds (along with their activities) of 150 species of ecinoderms along with over 200 detailed illustrations in glorious color.
Among the biota of marine habitats, the echinoderms, which include sea stars (starfish), brittle stars and basket stars, sea urchins and sand dollars, sea cucumbers, and sea lilies or feather stars, are known for their importance as promising sources of bioactive compounds for development of pharmaceuticals. Their potential therapeutic applications have been growing rapidly in the treatment of many diseases.
Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Sea stars (Class Asteroidea)
Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Brittle stars and Basket stars (Class Ophiuroidea)
Biology and Ecology of Pharmaceutical Sea cucumbers (Class: Holothuroidea)