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Physiology of the Cladocera

The Physiology of Cladocera is a much-needed summary of foundational information on these increasingly important model organisms. This unique and valuable summary is based on the world's literature, including Russian research not widely available until now. It offers systematically arranged data on the physiology of Cladocera, assisting with explanation of their life and distribution, as well as discussion on directions of future research. Special expert contributions in genetics, immunology, and cytology round out the physiological chapters and provide comprehensive insight into the state of knowledge of Cladocera and its underlying mechanisms.

Cladocera crustaceans make up a significant part of the natural communities and biological productivity of fresh waters. In recent decades, they have become globally studied for many purposes, including systematics, genetic, molecular, ecological and evolutionary biology studies. They are also used as "sentinel" organisms for assessing water quality and the environment. In addition, the genome of Daphnia (a genus within Cladocera) was recently sequenced and published, giving this system a much wider exposure. It has also led to a rapidly growing awareness of the importance of understanding physiological processes as they relate to evolutionary and ecological genomics and ecogenomic toxicology.

Despite the increasing use of Cladocera in research and study, physiological background information on these creatures is fragmentary. Hundreds of unconnected publications have been accumulated on their physiology, and a synthesis and general representation of the literature has been much needed for the many researchers working with this organism. The Physiology of Cladocera stands alone as a valuable and comprehensive offering in this area for many researchers and students.


Researchers in zoology, comparative physiology, and ecology; applied researchers in environmental monitoring, conservation biology and toxicology; university-level students and instructors in these areas

Hardbound, 352 Pages

Published: October 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-396953-8


  • Preface

    Abbreviations and units


    Chapter 1. General

    Chapter 2. Methods

    Chapter 3. Chemical Composition

    Chapter 4. Nutrition

    Chapter 5. Respiration

    Chapter 6. Circulation

    Chapter 7. Excretion

    Chapter 8. Osmotic Regulation

    Chapter 9. Cell and Tissue Metabolism

    Chapter 10. Growth and Molting

    Chapter 11. Reproduction

    Chapter 12. Locomotion

    Chapter 13. Nervous System and Sense Organs

    Chapter 14. Behavior

    Chapter 15. Ecophysiology

    Chapter 16. A Cytological Perspective

    Margaret J. Beaton and Carli M. Peters

    Chapter 17. Immunology and Immunity

    Stuart Auld

    Chapter 18. The Genomics of Cladoceran Physiology

    Dörthe Becker, Kay Van Damme, Elizabeth Turner, Joseph R. Shaw, John K. Colbourne and Michael E. Pfrender

    Conclusions: Special Traits of Cladoceran Physiology


    Index of Latin names of Crustacea

    Index of chemical substances


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