Dating back to the early Cambrian period, crustaceans had ample time to undertake endless experimentation with form and function. Today, no other group of plants or animals on the planet exhibit the range of morphological diversity seen among extant Crustacea. With more than 52,000 species, they are placed fourth in terms of overall species diversity. This book comprehensively elucidates the reproduction and development of all the taxonomic groups of Crustacea and bridges the gap between conventional zoologists and molecular biologists. Reproductive modes from the point of embryonic stem cells and primordial germ cells is discussed with a special section on cysts.
Table of Contents
Taxonomy and diversity. Life span and reproduction. Energy allocation. Morphology and anatomy. Gametogenesis and vitellogenesis. Insemination and sperm storability. Brooders and shedders. Larval development. Translocation and in-vitro incubation. Sexual reproduction. Gonochorism. PGCs and Sexualization. Sex ratio. Alternative Mating Strategy (AMS). Fecundity. Senescence and menopause. Oviparity and ovoviviparity. Hermaphroditism. Simultaneous. Protandry. Protogyny. Androdioecy. Parthenogenesis. Obligatory and facultative. Cyclic. Geographic. Asexual reproduction. ESCs and agametism-Hemocoelomates and elimination of ESCs. Exceptional Taxa-Regeneration. Sex Determination. Karyotype. Heterogamety. Ploidy induction. Genomics and sexonomics. Sex Differentiation. Endocrine glands. Neuroendocrines: Ablation of eyestalks and androgenic glands. Castration and ovariectomy: Endocrine disruption. Parasitic castration. Social induction of sex by food. Cysts. Atremia and aquaculture. Geographical distribution. Diapause. Resting stages. Sperm preservation.
T. J. Pandian