Edible Sea Urchins: Biology and Ecology, Volume 38

2nd Edition

Editors: John M. Lawrence John M. Lawrence
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444529404
eBook ISBN: 9780080465586
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 5th October 2006
Page Count: 380
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The edible sea urchins John M. Lawrence

  1. Prehistory fishing of sea urchins
  2. Contemporary commercial fishing of sea urchins
  3. Aquaculture of sea urchins
  4. The edible sea urchins
  5. Life-history strategies of sea urchins
  6. Conclusion References

Chapter 2. Gametogenesis and reproduction of sea urchins Charles W. Walker, Tatsuya Unuma, Michael P. Lesser

  1. Introduction
  2. Structure of the gonads of the sea urchin
  3. Interacting gametogenic and nutritive phagocyte cycles in the sea urchin gonad: stages, physiology and molecular biology 3.1. Stages in gametogenesis 3.2. Nutritive phagocytes in ovaries and testes 3.3. Inter-gametogenesis and NP phagocytosis 3.4. Pre-gametogenesis and NP renewal 3.5. Gametogenesis and NP utilization 3.6. End of gametogenesis: NP exhaustion and spawning 3.7. Environmental control of gametogenesis
  4. Conclusions References

Chapter 3. Biochemical and energy requirements of gonad development Adam G. Marsh, Stephen A. Watts

  1. Introduction
  2. Cellular energy utilization
  3. Energy metabolism during development
  4. Biochemical components of cellular metabolism
  5. Gonad growth
  6. Gonad energy metabolism 6.1. Protein metabolism 6.2. Carbohydrate metabolism 6.3. Anaerobic metabolism
  7. Feeding and metabolism
  8. Summary References

Chapter 4. Reproductive endocrinology of sea urchins Kristina M. Wasson, Stephen A. Watts

  1. Sea urchin gonad
  2. Exogenous regulation of reproduction<BR id


Sea urchins are a major component of the world ocean. They are important ecologically and often greatly affect marine communities. They have an excellent fossil record and consequently are of interest to paleontologists. Research has increased in recent years stimulated first by a recognition of their ecological importance and then because of their economic importance. Scientists around the world are actively investigating their potential for aquaculture.

This book is designed to provide a broad understanding of the biology and ecology of sea urchins. Synthetic chapters consider biology of sea urchins as a whole to give a broad view. The topics of these chapters include reproduction, metabolism, endocrinology, larval ecology, growth, digestion, carotenoids, disease and nutrition. Subsequent chapters consider the ecology of individual species that are of major importance ecologically and economically. These include species from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa.

Key Features

  • First comprehensive book devoted to the biology and ecology of sea urchins
  • NEW chapter on Nutrition of Sea Urchins and Ecology of Diadema
  • Brand NEW illustrations
  • Hot NEW topic: Immunology of the Sea Urchin
  • Chapters written by internationally recognized experts
  • Each chapter revised and updated from the first edition
  • Biological chapters include reproduction, endocrinology, carotenoids and disease
  • Ecological chapters include species of major economic interest for fisheries and aquaculture


Marine biologists, students and researchers studying aquaculture, fisheries, and developmental biology


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"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

About the Editors

John M. Lawrence Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620-5200, USA

John M. Lawrence Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33620-5200, USA