Physiology of Mollusca

Physiology of Mollusca

Volume I

1st Edition - January 1, 1964

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  • Editors: Karl M. Wilbur, C. M. Yonge
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483275840

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Physiology of Mollusca, Volume I focuses on the physiology of mollusks, as well as respiration, reproduction, embryogenesis, gastrulation, and shell formation and regeneration. The selection first offers information on the classification and structure of the Mollusca and the physiological aspects of the ecology of intertidal mollusks. Topics include respiration and excretion of shore mollusks, physiological variations in intertidal mollusks, Amphineura and Monoplacophora, Cephalopoda, Scaphopoda, and Gastropoda. The publication then evaluates the physiological aspects of ecology in nonmarine mollusks and reproduction of mollusks. The book touches on the development of mollusks and the culture of marine bivalve larvae. Discussions focus on gastrulation, embryogenesis, cleavage, and culture under laboratory conditions and in ponds and outdoor tanks. The manuscript then explains shell formation and regeneration, osmotic and ionic regulation, and muscle and neuromuscular physiology. The selection is highly recommended for readers interested in the physiology of mollusks.

Table of Contents

  • Contents



    Contents of Volume II

    Classification and Structure of the Molluscs

    Part 1 Classification

    Part 2 Basic Anatomy

    I Primitive Mollusca

    II Gastropoda

    III Amphineura and Monoplacophora

    IV Scaphopoda

    V Bivalvia

    VI Cephalopoda


    Physiological Aspects of the Ecology of Intertidal Molluscs

    I The Distribution of Molluscs on the Shore

    II The Attainment and Maintenance of Position on the Shore by Molluscs

    III Respiration and Excretion of Shore Molluscs

    IV Physiological Variations in Intertidal Molluscs


    Physiological Aspects of Ecology in Nonmarine Molluscs

    I Introduction

    II Estuarine Molluscs

    III Fresh-Water Molluscs

    IV Land Molluscs



    I Reproductive Methods

    II The Gametes

    III The Union of the Gametes

    IV Oviposition



    I Maturation and Fertilization

    II Cleavage

    III Gastrulation

    IV Embryogenesis


    The Culture of Marine Bivalve Larvae

    I Introduction

    II Culture in Ponds and Outdoor Tanks

    III Culture under Laboratory Conditions



    I Representation of Growth Data

    II Methods of Growth Measurement

    III Age and Growth

    IV Environmental Conditions

    V Variability and Abnormalities of Growth


    Shell Formation and Regeneration

    I Shell Formation

    II Shell Regeneration


    Osmotic and Ionic Regulation

    I Introduction

    II Osmotic Equilibrium

    III Osmotic Regulation

    IV Osmotic and Ionic Relations in Tissues

    V General and Comparative Considerations

    VI Summary and Conclusions


    Muscle and Neuromuscular Physiology

    I Introduction

    II Histology of Muscle

    III Innervation

    IV Physical Properties

    V Neuromuscular Transmission

    VI Nervous Control in the Intact Animal

    VII The "Catch-Mechanism" Hypothesis

    VIII Pharmacology


    Special Effectors: Luminous Organs, Chromatophores, Pigments, and Poison Glands

    I Introduction

    II Chromatophores

    III Pigment-Secreting Glands

    IV Luminous Organs

    V Poison Glands

    VI Cnidal Sacs of Aeolids



    I Introduction

    II Chitons and Gastropods

    III Bivalvia

    IV Scaphopoda

    V Cephalopoda


    The Buoyancy of Marine Molluscs

    I Gelatinous Animals

    II Molluscs Which Float on the Surface of the Sea

    III The Cranchiidae

    IV Cephalopods with Gas-Filled Buoyancy Chambers


    Author Index

    Subject Index

    Systematic Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 488
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1964
  • Published: January 1, 1964
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483275840

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Karl M. Wilbur

C. M. Yonge

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