Biology of the Lobster

Biology of the Lobster

Homarus Americanus

1st Edition - October 17, 1995

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  • Editor: Jan Factor
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080528038
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780122475702

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The widely distributed American Lobster, Homarus americanus, which inhabits coastal waters from Canada to the Carolinas, is an important keystone species. A valuable source of income, its abundance or rarity often reflects the health of ecosystems occupied by these crustaceans. This comprehensive reference brings together all that is known of these fascinating animals. It will appeal to biologists, zoologists, aquaculturalists, fishery biologists, and researchers working with other lobster species, as well as neurobiologists looking for more information on the model system they so often use.

Key Features

  • First comprehensive book on the American lobster since Herrick's century-old monograph
  • Provides crucial background for neurobiologists who use this crustacean as a model organism
  • Contains a comprehensive treatment of the lobster fishery and its management


Graduate students, faculty and researchers in marine biology, invertebrate zoology, and fishery science. Libraries at institutions with strong programs in these disciplines, especially at places with Marine Research facilities (e.g. Scripps, Woods Hole, Bogeca). Because lobsters are often used as a model, there is a significant market among neuroscientists for detailed information on the biology of the lobster

Table of Contents

  • Contributors.
    Introduction, Anatomy, and Life History, J.R. Factor.
    Taxonomy and Evolution, A.B. Williams.
    Larval and Postlarval Ecology, G.P. Ennis.
    Postlarval, Juvenile, Adolescent, and Adult Ecology, P. Lawton and K.L. Lavalli.
    Fishery Regulations and Methods, R.J. Miller.
    Populations, Fisheries, and Management, M.J. Fogarty.
    Interface of Ecology, Behavior, and Fisheries, J.S. Cobb.
    Aquaculture, D.E. Aiken and S.L. Waddy.
    Reproduction and Embryonic Development, P. Talbot and Simone Helluy.
    Control of Growth and Reproduction, S.L. Waddy, D.E. Aiken, and D.P.V. de Kleijn.
    Neurobiology and Neuroendocrinology, B. Beltz.
    Muscles and Their Innervation, C.K. Govind.
    Behavior and Sensory Biology, J. Atema and R. Voigt.
    The Feeding Appendages, K.L. Lavalli and J.R. Factor.
    The Digestive system, J.R. Factor.
    Digestive Physiology and Nutrition, D.E. Conklin.
    Circulation, the Blood, and Disease, G.G. Martin and J.E. Hose.
    The Physiology of Gas Exchange, Circulation, Ion Regulation, and Nitrogenous Excretion: An Integrative Approach, B.R. McMahon.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 544
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1995
  • Published: October 17, 1995
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080528038
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780122475702

About the Editor

Jan Factor

Affiliations and Expertise

State University of New York, Purchase, New York, U.S.A.

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