Sea Urchins: Habitat, Embryonic Development and Importance in the Environment


Edgar Raymond Banks (Editor)

Series: Marine Biology
BISAC: SCI039000

Sea urchins play a key role in marine ecosystems, controlling through its grazing activity the dynamic, structure and composition of seaweed and sea grasses. Moreover, it is a crucial component of the food web, as prey for fishes and other marine animals. Due to its sedentary habits and sensitivity to pollutants, adult sea urchin has been used in several studies as a biological–biochemical indicator of local pollution. This book discusses the phenotypic variation and resilience in sea urchin morphogenesis; response of sea urchins to environmental stress; nonparametric regression applied to sea urchin growth; and sea urchin immune systems. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Phenotypic Variation and Resilience in Sea Urchin Morphogenesis (pp. 1-28)
Dimitri Fabrèges (Team Multiscale Dynamics in Animal Morphogenesis, UPR-CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette, France, and others)

Chapter 2 – Response of Sea Urchin to Environmental Stress (pp. 29-52)
Oriana Migliaccio, Immacolata Castellano, Giovanna Romano and Anna Palumbo (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, Naples, Italy)

Chapter 3 – Nonparametric Regression Applied to Sea Urchin Growth (pp. 53-84)
Isabel Martínez-Silva, Marta Sestelo, Gorka Bidegain, Altea Lorenzo-Arribas and Javier Roca-Pardiñas (Department of Statistics and O. R., University of Vigo, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4 – Sea Urchin Immune System: From Basic Concepts to Environmental Biomonitoring (pp. 85-134)
Paola Cristina Branco, Débora Alvares Leite Figueiredo, Andrews Krupinski Emerenciano, Douglas Amaral dos Santos, Marcelo González-Aravena and José Roberto Machado Cunha da Silva (Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and others)



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