Snails: Biodiversity, Biology and Behavioral Insights

Chee Kong Yap, Ph.D. (Editor)
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia

Series: Animal Science, Issues and Research
BISAC: NAT037000

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The purpose of this book is to provide specific, updated information concerning the topic of snail diversity, snail biology and snail behaviours. The intended readers of this book include researchers, academicians and university students. This book contains ten chapters, the first three focusing on biodiversity. Chapter One presents the values of a wide spectrum of snail biodiversity. Chapter Two reviews snail biodiversity based on 45 reported publications, from 1991 until 2016, covering most of the ecoregions. Chapter Three also reviewed the current geographical distribution of marine snails along the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, based on 42 publications.

Chapters Four, Five and Six are concerned with snail behaviours ranging from sensitivity to metal exposure, and the effects of botanical pesticides on neural activity patterns. Chapter Four presents the toxicity test of Cd and Cu by using two different sized groups of Pomacea insularum as test subjects. Chapter Five presents information concerning methanol extracts of plants; they were more susceptible to be used as botanical pesticides for controlling the golden apple snail. Chapter Six gives a comprehensive overview of the nervous system as well as individual neurons in the pond snail.

Chapters Seven through Ten consider environmental biomonitoring. Chapter Seven presents the allometric data and concentrations of heavy metals in the total soft tissues of the mud-flat snail. Chapter Eight reviews and cites nickel (Ni) concentrations in the total soft tissues of the mangrove snail. Chapter Nine presents concentrations of four heavy metals in the edible snails from three selected sites in Peninsular Malaysia. Chapter Ten presents concentrations of five heavy metals in five taxa of intertidal snails.

Since all of the chapters include some fundamental biology in understanding the biodiversity, behaviours, ecology and ecotoxicology, they all mostly cover the biology, biodiversity and behaviours of the snails. All chapters within this book have been written and prepared by accredited researchers in their respective fields of specialization. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. The Value of Snails: Prestige and Innovation beyond Amazing Biodiversity
Gilianne Brodie, Jimaima Lako and Brenda Lowry (School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, University of the South Pacific, Fiji Islands, and others)

Chapter 2. Biodiversity of Snails: A Short Review and Commentary
Chee Kong Yap and Wan Hee Cheng (Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 3. The Marine Snails in Iranian Waters of the Persian Gulf and Oman Sea
Moslem Sharifinia and Chee Kong Yap (Department of Marine Biology, Faculty of Marine and Atmospheric Science and Technologies, Hormozgan University, Bandar Abbas, Iran, and others)

Chapter 4. Behavioral and Sensitivity Responses of Pomacea insularum to Cd and Cu Toxicities
Chee Kong Yap, Bin Huan Pang, Wan Hee Cheng and Hishamuddin Omar (Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, UPM Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 5. Potential of Selected Indigenous Plant Extracts as Botanical Pesticides for Controlling Golden Apple Snail, Pomacea canaliculata
Siti Noor Hajjar Md. Latip, Farah Wahida Mohd Nawi and Siti Hawa Puteh Mansur (Faculty of Plantation and Agrotechnology, University Teknologi MARA, Selangor, Malaysia)

Chapter 6. Diversity of Neuronal Activity Patterns of the Pond Snail Lymnaea stagnalis
Minoru Saito (Department of Biosciences, College of Humanities and Sciences, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan)

Chapter 7. Variability, Relationships between Shell Allometric Parameters and Heavy Metal Levels in Mudflat Snail Telescopium Telescopium: An Understanding from Biological Viewpoint
Chee Kong Yap, Noorhaidah Ariffin, Wan Hee Cheng, Hishamuddin Omar, Franklin Berandah Edward Thomas, Ali Karami and Salman Abdo Al-Shami (Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 8. Health Risk Assessment of Nickel in the Mangrove Snail Nerita lineata: Re-Interpretation of Published Data
Chee Kong Yap, Wan Hee Cheng, Amin Bintal, Hishamuddin Omar, Rosimah Nulit, Moslem Sharifinia and Krishnamoorthy Venkateskumar (Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 9. Distribution of Heavy Metals in Mangrove Snail Cerithidea obtusa: A Biological Insight
Chee Kong Yap, Aisyah Azlina Zainoren, Wan Hee Cheng, Franklin Berandah Edward Thomas, Hishamuddin Omar, Rosimah Nulit, Alireza Riyahi Bakhtiari and Krishnamoorthy Venkateskumar (Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, and others)

Chapter 10. Biomonitoring of Heavy Metals in Intertidal Snails: The Importance of Marine Ecosystem Management
Chee Kong Yap, Fairuz Md. Suptian, Nelson Cosmas, Wan Hee Cheng, Hishamuddin Omar, Rosimah Nulit, Franklin Berandah Edward Thomas, Ali Karami and Salman Abdo Al-Shami (Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia, and others)

Index

Audience: For academicians, lectures, undergraduates, postgraduates, policy-makers, teachers.
For non-professional people, this book could be as an introductory information about snail biodiversity, its biological insights and biomonitoring.

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