Trends in Copepod Studies – Distribution, Biology and Ecology


Series: Marine and Freshwater Biology
BISAC: SCI039000

Copepods, or more commonly referred to as the “insects of the sea”, have successfully colonised every aquatic environment, equating insects in terms of absolute and relative success. They represent up to 90-97% of the marine zooplankton biomass, but may also be conspicuous in freshwater systems. Copepods are the linchpin of aquatic foodwebs; they prey upon phytoplankton while simultaneously acting as a staple food for higher trophic level organisms, contribute to the vertical fluxes of carbon and sustain recycled production through the excretion of ammonia. Copepods can also signal possible climate change and are indicators of the effects of ocean acidification. They are also used as model animals for ecotoxicological and molecular studies, and might be adopted as control agents of disease vectors.

Current studies are rapidly exploring multiple lines of research with an intended purpose to provide an up-to-date snapshot of some hot topics in the study of the distribution, biology and ecology of these ubiquitous crustaceans. The chapters collected in this volume, written by leading scientists in different fields of investigation, focus on a wide range of processes and scales, from global distribution to molecular investigations, witnessing the interest of the scientific community at different levels. These contributions point out the latest developments and case studies on a number of research issues, and will promote discussion and stimulate advances in each field of investigation. The editor is confident that readers will appreciate the contents of each chapter and will find in them inspiring suggestions for their research, or even just to satisfy their curiosity.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Trends in Copepod Studies
Marco Uttieri (Department of Integrative Marine Ecology, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Villa Comunale, Naples, Italy, and others)

Chapter 2. Using the Continuous Plankton Recorder to Study the Distribution and Ecology of Marine Pelagic Copepods
Marianne Wootton, Astrid C. Fischer, Clare Ostle, Jennifer Skinner, Darren P. Stevens and David G. Johns (Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS),The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, United Kingdom)

Chapter 3. Global Distribution of Tropical and Subtropical Copepods
Mª Luz Fernández de Puelles, Magdalena Gazá, Mar Santandreu and Santiago Hernández-León (Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Baleares Laboratory Palma de Mallorca, Spain, and others)

Chapter 4. Biogeographical Distribution and Ecology of the Planktonic Copepod Oithona davisae: Rapid Invasion in Lakes Faro and Ganzirri (Central Mediterranean Sea)
Giacomo Zagami, Cinzia Brugnano, Antonia Granata, Letterio Guglielmo, Roberta Minutoli, and Alessia Aloise (Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, Messina University, Messina, Italy)

Chapter 5. Impact of the Invasive Species Acartia tonsa on the Distribution of Autochthonous Acartiidae Species in Estuaries of the Bay of Biscay
Fernando Villate, Ibon Uriarte, Arantza Iriarte (Laboratory of Ecology, Department of Plant Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Leioa, Spain, and others)

Chapter 6. Can Changes in the Distribution of Two Congeneric Copepods (Acartia clausi vs. Acartia tonsa) Constitute a Sign of Recovery for the Anthropized Berre Lagoon (France, Mediterranean Sea)?
Floriane Delpy and Marc Pagano (PROTEE-EBMA, Université de Toulon, La Garde, France, and others)

Chapter 7. The Impact of Conspicuous Environmental Changes on the Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Acartia Tonsa and Acartia Clausi: A Decadal Study in a Temperate Estuary (Mondego, Portugal)
Sónia C. Marques, Ana L. Primo, Joana Falcão, Filipe Martinho, Susana Mendes, Ulisses M. Azeiteiro, and Miguel A. Pardal (Portuguese Sea and Atmosphere Institute, Lisbon, Portugal, and others)

Chapter 8. Temperature, Salinity and Oxygen Concentration in Life Cycle Traits of the Black Sea Copepods
Leonid Svetlichny, Elena Hubareva, and Melek Isinibilir (Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine, and others)

Chapter 9. The Biology of Myelin in Calanoid Copepods
Petra H. Lenz and Daniel K. Hartline (Békésy Laboratory of Neurobiology, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI, US)

Chapter 10. Evasion from Predation: Understanding Copepod Escape Behavior in Relation to Predator Capture Strategies
Brad J. Gemmell and Edward J. Buskey (Marine Science Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, TX, and others)

Chapter 11. Chemosensation and a Potential Neuronal Mechanism of Ratio Detection in a Copepod
William Langhoff, Peter Hinow, J. Rudi Strickler, and Jeannette Yen (Department of Mathematical Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, US, and others)

Chapter 12. Planktonic Calanoids Embark into the “Omics Era”
Alberto Amato and Ylenia Carotenuto (Laboratoire de Physiologie Cellulaire et Végétale, Université de Grenoble Alpes, Institut de Recherche en Science et Technologies pour le Vivant, CEA Grenoble, Grenoble Cédex 9, France, and others)


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