Biology and Evolution of the Mollusca, Volume 1: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Biology and Evolution of the Mollusca, Volume 1

1st Edition

By Winston Frank Ponder, David R. Lindberg, Juliet Mary Ponder

CRC Press

864 pages | 303 Color Illus. | 18 B/W Illus.

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Description

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. This will be volume 1.

Key selling Features:

• Comprehensively reviews molluscan biology and evolutionary history

• Includes a description of the anatomy and physiology of anatomical systems

• Up to date treatment with a comprehensive bibliography

• Reviews the phylogenetic history of the major molluscan lineages.

Table of Contents

General introduction to molluscs. Systems. Body morphology, shells & musculature. The mantle cavity and respiration. Feeding and digestion. Excretory and circulatory systems. Nervous system, sense organs, learning and behavior. Reproduction and development. Physiology. The major groups and their evolution. Early history and extinct groups. The Aplacophora, Monoplacophora and Polyplacophora. The Bivalvia. The Cephalopoda. The Scaphopoda. References. Index.

About the Authors

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NAT001000
NATURE / Animals / General
SCI027000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCI039000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
SCI086000
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General