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