1st Edition

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

    932 Pages 38 Color & 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    932 Pages 38 Color & 78 B/W Illustrations
    by Apple Academic Press

    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.

    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



    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