Sea Urchins

Sea Urchins

Biology and Ecology

3rd Edition - May 31, 2013

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  • Editor: John M. Lawrence
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123964915
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972132

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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.

Key Features

  • Continues the series "Developments in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science" with a newly revised volume
  • Collects and synthesizes the state of knowledge of sea urchin biology and ecology
  • Expanded from previous edition to include non-edible species, providing the needed basis for broader evolutionary understanding of sea urchins


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Phylogeny of Sea Urchins
    Andrew B. Smith and Andreas Kroh
    2. Sea Urchin Life History Strategies
    John M. Lawrence
    3. Sea Urchin Gametogenesis – Structural, Functional and Molecular/Genomic Biology
    Charles W. Walker, M.P. Lesser, and Tatsuya Unuma
    4. Biochemical and Energy Requirements of Gonad Development
    Adam G. Marsh, Mickie L. Powell, and Stephen A. Watts
    5. Endocrine Regulation of Sea Urchin Reproduction
    Kristina M. Wasson, and Stephen A. Watts
    6. Larval Ecology of Echinoids
    Anna Metaxas
    7. Growth and Survival of Postsettlement Sea Urchins
    Thomas A. Ebert
    8. Digestive System
    Nicholas D. Holland
    9. Feeding, Digestion and Digestibility of Sea Urchins
    John M. Lawrence, Addison L. Lawrence, and Stephen A. Watts
    10. Nutrition
    Stephen A. Watts, Addison L. Lawrence, and John M. Lawrence
    11. Carotenoids in Sea Urchins
    Maeve S. Kelly and Rachael C Symonds
    12. Disease in Sea Urchins
    Yi Nan Wang, Ya Qing Chang, and John M. Lawrence
    13. Immunology in Sea Urchins
    José Roberto Machado Cunha da Silva
    14. Sea Urchins as Drivers of Shallow Benthic Marine Community Structure
    Robert S. Steneck
    15. Stocking Enhancement
    Yukio Agatsuma
    16. Cidaroids
    John M. Lawrence, and Michel Jangoux
    17. Centrostephanus rodgersii
    Maria Byrn, and Neil Andrew
    18. Diadema
    Nyawira A. Muthiga and Timothy R. McClanahan
    19. Arbacia
    Paola Gianguzza and Chiara Bonaviri
    20. Loxechinus albus
    Julio Alberto Vásquez and Gonzalo A. Donoso
    21. Paracentrotus lividus
    Charles F. Boudouresque and Marc Verlaque
    22. Psammechinus miliaris
    Maeve S. Kelly, A. D. Hughes, and E .J. Cook
    23. Echinometra
    Timothy R. McClanahan and Nyawira A. Muthiga
    24. Evechinus chloroticus
    Michael F. Barker
    25. Heliocidaris erythrogramma
    John K. Keesing
    26. Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis
    Robert E. Scheibling and Bruce G. Hatcher
    27. Strongylocentrotus franciscanus and Strongylocentrotous purpuratus
    Laura Rogers-Bennett
    28. Strongylocentrotus intermedus
    Yukio Agatsuma
    29. Strongylocentrotus nudus
    Yukio Agatsuma
    30. Hemicentrotus pulcherimus, Pseudocentrotous depressus and Anthocidaris crassispina
    Yukio Agatsuma
    31. Lytechinus
    Stephen A. Watts, James B. McClintock, and John M. Lawrence
    32. Tripneustes
    John M. Lawrence and Yukio Agatsuma

Product details

  • No. of pages: 550
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2013
  • Published: May 31, 2013
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123964915
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123972132

About the Editor

John M. Lawrence

Department of Integrative Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA. John has several awards including Medalist, Florida Academy of Sciences and Distinguished Scientist Award, Marine Biological Association of Western Universities; He has over 40 years of teaching and research experience. He has authored three books, and published over ~300 scientific papers.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA

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