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Sea Urchins

Biology and Ecology

This fully revised and expanded edition of Sea Urchins provides a wide-ranging understanding of the biology and ecology of this key component of the world's oceans. Coverage includes reproduction, metabolism, endocrinology, larval ecology, growth, digestion, carotenoids, disease and nutrition. Other chapters consider the ecology of individual species that are of major importance ecologically and economically, including species from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa. In addition, six new contributions in areas such as immunology, digestive systems and community ecology inform readers on key recent developments and insights from the literature.

Sea urchins are ecologically important and often greatly affect marine communities. Because they have an excellent fossil record, they are also of interest to paleontologists. Research on sea urchins has increased in recent years, stimulated first by recognition of their ecological importance and subsequently their economic importance. Scientists around the world are actively investigating their potential for aquaculture and fisheries, and their value as model systems for investigations in developmental biology continues to increase.


Researchers in marine biology, marine ecology, developmental biology, invertebrate biology, aquaculture, zoology, comparative biology, genomics, and paleontology; academic and marine research institution libraries and museums

Hardbound, 550 Pages

Published: June 2013

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-396491-5


  • "Consists of contributions from leading sea urchin experts, covering the basic biology of sea urchins and describing 17 species of edible sea urchines....This text is a solid compilation of the state of the knowledge of sea urchin biology, and will be a valuable addition to the library of any sea urchin researcher or marine biologists." - NORTHEASTERN NATURALIST


  • 1. Phylogeny of Sea Urchins

    2. Life History Strategies

    3. Sea Urchin Gametogenesis - Structural, Functional and Molecular/Genomic Biology

    4. Biochemical and Energy Requirements of Gonad Development

    5. Endocrine Regulation of Sea Urchin Reproduction

    6. Larval Ecology of Echinoids

    7. Growth and Survival of Postsettlement Sea Urchins

    8. Digestive System

    9. Feeding, Digestion and Digestibility of Sea Urchins

    10. Nutrition

    11. Carotenoids in Sea Urchins

    12. Disease in Sea Urchins

    13. Immunology in Sea Urchins

    14. Sea Urchins as Drivers of Shallow Benthic Marine Community Structure

    15. Stocking Enhancement

    16. Cidaroids

    17. Centrostephanus rodgersii

    18. Diadema

    19. Arbacia

    20. Loxechinus albus

    21. Paracentrotus lividus

    22. Psammechinus miliaris

    23. Echinometra

    24. Evechinus chloroticus

    25. Heliocidaris erythrogramma

    26. Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis

    27. Strongylocentrotus franciscanus and Strongylocentrotous purpuratus

    28. Strongylocentrotus intermedus

    29. Strongylocentrotus nudus

    30. Hemicentrotus pulcherimus, Pseudocentrotous depressus and Anthocidaris crassispina

    31. Lytechinus

    32. Tripneustes


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