Echinoderms: Ecology, Habitats and Reproductive Biology


Eric Whitmore (Editor)

Series: Marine Biology
BISAC: SCI039000

Echinoderms play an important ecological role in marine communities, especially in relation to food chains, occupying diverse trophic levels such as herbivores, carnivores, detritivores and omnivores in the marine environment. These animals feed on many different kinds of food but the majority eat only small particles of edible matter suspended in the water or lying as detritus on the sea bottom.

Although echinoderms occur at all depths from the intertidal to the abyssal zones and are present throughout all of the world’s oceans, their distribution is limited by the composition and topography of the sea-bed, by temperature and pressure differences according to locality and depth, and by salinity and food supply. This book discusses echinoderms and their habitual environments as well as their reproductive biology and the ecology in which they form their habitats. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Transportation Vectors for Non-Indigenous Echinoderms (pp. 1-38)
J. Micael and A. C. Costa (CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, Pólo dos Açores, Universidade dos Açores, Ponta Delgada, Portugal)

Chapter 2 – Antimicrobial Resistant Bacteria in Echinoderms and Their Ecological Consequences (pp. 39-56)
C. Marinho, T. Santos, N. Silva, J. Micael, A. Gonçalves, G. Igrejas and P. Poeta (Institute for Biotechnology and Bioengineering, Centre of Genomics and Biotechnology, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 3 – Chemical Ecology of Echinoderms: Impact of Environment and Diet in Metabolomic Profile (pp. 57-76)
David M. Pereira, Paula B. Andrade, Ricardo A. Pires and Rui L. Reis (3B’s Research Group – Biomaterials, Biodegradables and Biomimetics, University of Minho, Headquarters of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, AvePark, Taipas, Guimarães, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 4 – Population Variability and Spatial-Pattern of Sea Urchin Anthocidaris crassispina in Hong Kong (pp. 77-100)
Dickey C.C. Lau, Pak-ki Wong, Chi-chiu Cheang, Yiu-fai Tsang and Kin-chung Ho (School of Science and Technology, The Open University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China, and others)

Chapter 5 – Reproductive Biology and Early Life History of the Crown-of-Thorns Starfish (pp. 101-146)
Ciemon F. Caballes and Morgan S. Pratchett (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia)

Chapter 6- Population Ecology of Common Sea Urchins (Arbacia lixula, Paracentrotus lividus, Sphaerechinus granularis) on Algal-Dominated Rocky Shores in the Aegean Sea (pp. 147-166)
Chryssanthi Antoniadou and Dimitris Vafidis (Department of Zoology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and others)

Chapter 7 – Anchialine Ecosystem El Aerolito (Cozumel, Mexico): Paradise of Cave Dweller Echinoderms (pp. 167-182)
Fernando Calderón-Gutiérrez, Francisco A. Solís-Marín and Carlos A. Sánchez-Ortiz (Departamento de Biología Marina, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur, and others)



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