Coelenterate Biology: Reviews and New Perspectives highlights research areas in which coelenterates are exceptionally useful and interesting experimental animals. It outlines the state of knowledge in coelenterate research and draws attention to some of the challenging problems that are amenable for study. Coelenterates offer valuable material for many levels of inquiry—from the population and organismic to the cellular, subcellular, and molecular levels. They are especially attractive animals for studies in developmental biology and behavior.
The book begins by discussing cnidarians histology, focusing on the light and electron microscopy of cnidarian tissues. There are separate chapters on the skeletal system of cnidarians; the morphology, functions, and chemistry of nematocytes; and a few aspects of the enormous subject of cnidarian development. The subsequent chapters deal with cnidarian neurobiology, behavior, locomotion, flotation, and dispersal; experimental studies on algae-cnidarian symbioses; and coelenterate bioluminescence. The book concludes with a discussion of the systems of coordination and nervous system of ctenophores.
List of Contributors Preface I Cnidarian Histology I. General Introduction II. Muscle III. Nervous and Epithelial Conducting Cells IV. Epithelial Tissue V. Mesoglea VI. Interstitial Cells and Amoebocytes VII. Gonads and Gametes VIII. Cnidoblasts, Cnidocytes, and Nematocysts References II The Skeletal System I. Introduction: The Skeletal System II. The Hydraulic Endoskeleton III. The Mesoskeleton IV. The Exoskeleton V. Subsidiary Functions of the Skeletal System VI. Interrelationship of Skeletal Components References III Nematocysts I. Introduction II. The Morphology of Nematocysts III. The Functioning of Nematocysts IV. The Functions of Nematocysts and Spirocysts V. The Chemistry of Nematocysts VI. Utilization of Nematocysts by Non-cnidarians VII. Public Health Aspects of Nematocysts References IV Development I. Introduction II. Sexual Reproduction and Embryogenesis III. Pattern Formation IV. Role of Skeletal Elements in Differentiation V. Cell Growth and Differentiation VI. Tissue Morphogenesis VII. Conclusions References V On the Mechanism of Action and Evolution of Receptors Associated with Feeding and Digestion I. Introduction II. Feeding Response III. Digestion IV. Evolution of Receptor Sites References VI Cnidarian Neurobiology I. Introduction II. Conducting Systems: Nerve Nets and Excitable Epithelia III. The Initiation of Activity: Pacemakers and Sensors IV. Effectors and Their Control V. Some Outstanding Problems References VII Behavior Patterns in Associations and Interactions with Other Animals I. Introduction II. Behavior Patterns in Commensal Associations III. Interactions Leading to Detachment, Locomotion, or Avoidance IV. Discussion V. Conclusions Referen
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