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Physiology of Molluscs
A Collection of Selected Reviews, Two-Volume Set

ISBN 9781771884082
Published November 18, 2016 by Apple Academic Press
932 Pages 38 Color & 78 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Physiology of Molluscs: A Collection of Selected Reviews is an informative two-volume sent that brings together some of the most important recent and unique developments in molluscan physiology.

Volume One focuses on shell structure, mineralization, the dynamics of calcium transport, shell drilling, byssus proteins, locomotion, and reproduction. Volume Two includes reviews on the neural mechanisms of learning, reproductive behavior, responses to environmental stress and hormones, and neurotransmitters.

With the rapid development of cutting-edge proteomic, molecular biological, and cellular imaging techniques, our understanding of molluscan physiology, specifically in the areas of neurobiology, reproductive biology, and shell formation, has increased exponentially over the last several years. With contributions from some of the world’s leading experts in the field of molluscan physiology, this valuable two-volume set fills this void and will serve as an important resource for researchers, professors, and students.

Chapters report on a variety of recent developments and new understanding, including

• biology of byssus threads

• physiology of reproduction in cephalopods

• learning and memory of molluscs

• endocrine disruption in molluscs

• nautilus biology and behavior

• cephalopod locomotion

• neuronal circuitry in molluscs

• reproductive endocrinology

• bioactive peptides in molluscs

The reviews in these two volumes will make a significant contribution to our understanding not only of molluscan physiology but also the physiology of animals in general.

Table of Contents

Volume 1:

Developing Perspectives on Molluscan Shells, Part 1: Introduction and Molecular Biology

Kevin M. Kocot, Carmel McDougall, and Bernard M. Degnan

Developing Perspectives on Molluscan Shells, Part 2. Cellular Aspects

Kenneth Simkiss

Drilling into Hard Substrate by Naticid and Muricid Gastropods: A Chemo-Mechanical Process Involved in Feeding

Eric S. Clelland and Nicole B. Webster

The Role of Metal Ions in the Mussel Byssus

Antje Reinecke and Matthew J. Harrington

Physiology of Envenomation by Conoidean Gastropods

Baldomero M. Olivera, Alexander Fedosov, Julita S. Imperial, and Yuri Kantor

Escape Responses by Jet Propulsion in Scallops

Helga E. Guderley and Isabelle Tremblay

Locomotion of Coleoid Cephalopods

Jean Alupay and Jennifer Mather

Key Molecular Regulators of Metabolic Rate Depression in the Estivating Snail Otala lacteal

Christopher J. Ramnanan, Ryan A. Bell, and John-Douglas Matthew Hughes

Gastropod Ecophysiological Response to Stress

Marie-AgnèsCoutellec and Thierry Caquet


Volume 2:

Associative Memory Mechanisms in the Pond Snail Lymnaeastagnalis

Gaynor E. Spencer, Cailin M. Rothwell, and Paul R. Benjamin

From Likes to Dislikes: Conditioned Taste Aversion in the Great Pond Snail (Lymnaeastagnalis)

E. Ito, S. Kojima, K. Lukowiak, and M. Sakakibara

Stress, Memory, Forgetting and What Lymnaea Can Tell Us about a Stressful World

Ken Lukowiak

Learning and Memory in the Living Fossil, Chambered Nautilus

Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook

The Cephalopod Brain: Motion Control, Learning, and Cognition

Tamar Gutnick, Tal Shomrat, Jennifer A. Mather, and Michael J. Kuba

Endocrine Control of Gametogenesis and Spawning in Bivalves

Makoto Osada and ToshieMatsumot

The Physiology of Reproduction in Cephalopods

Carlo Di Cristo

The Physiology of Pre- and Post-Copulatory Sexual Selection in Simultaneously Hermaphroditic Freshwater Snails

Joris M. Koene

Reproductive Strategies in Stylommatophoran Gastropods

Bruno Baur and AnetteBaur

Physiological Functions of Gastropod Peptides and Neurotransmitters

Spencer T. Mukai and FumihiroMorishita


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Saber Saleuddin, PhD, is University Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Saleuddin received his early education in Bangladesh. He received his doctorate in molluscan zoology from the University of Reading in the UK. After an NRC Research Fellowship at the University of Alberta, studying biomineralization in molluscs, he continued his research on biomineralization in the laboratory of Karl Wilbur at Duke University. Though offered a position at Duke, he accepted a faculty appointment at York University in Canada, where he taught for 37 years. The university recognized his outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and administration by honoring him as a University Professor. He has published more than a hundred papers in international journals and has co-edited three books on molluscan physiology. He served as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Zoology for 18 years and was president of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, from whom he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Spencer Mukai, PhD, is currently an instructor and technician at York University’s Glendon College campus (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), where he is facilitating the implementation of a new biology undergraduate teaching laboratory. Dr. Mukai’s research interests are in the neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction, growth, and osmoregulation in molluscs. He has published in and served as reviewer for national and international journals. After receiving his BSc and PhD from the Department of Biology, York University, Dr. Mukai has spent time as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate as well as an instructor at York University’s Keele campus. He has demonstrated labs in invertebrate physiology and zoology for many years and has taught a variety of courses, including invertebrate physiology and endocrinology, animal physiology, environmental physiology, histology, human physiology, parasitology, introductory biology, ecology, and conservation biology.


This two-volume set provides up-to-date reviews that are useful both for new entrants to the field of molluscan physiology and also for established researchers. While the emphasis of the collection is on neurobiology and behaviour, there are also excellent reviews covering a range of fields including physiological, biochemical and biophysical processes underlying biomineralization, estivation, envenomation, locomotion and reproduction. The compilations of modern overviews together with commentaries and perspectives by leading investigators warrant reading both volumes cover to cover by anyone working on or even just interested in molluscs and their diversity."

—Roger Croll, PhD, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada