The Biology of Marsupials

The Biology of Marsupials

1st Edition - January 1, 1977

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  • Editor: Don II Hunsaker
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323146203

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The Biology of Marsupials is a compilation and analysis of the research conducted on New World marsupials that covers both Australian and didelphid marsupials. It is organized into nine chapters that aim to bring scientific community the information available on certain aspects of marsupial biology. After presenting data on karyotypes, comparative serology, classification, and phylogenetic inferences of marsupials, this book goes on discussing the organism's chromosomes, cell cycles, and cytogenetics. A chapter covers the ecological strategies and adaptations of marsupial family, particularly, of the Didelphis virginiana. Another chapter discusses marsupial neurology; evidence of commonalities with eutherian nervous systems; distinctive features peculiar to the marsupial subclass; and neural specialization identification of particular genera and species in this subclass. The following chapter describes the plasticity, variability, and generability of the behavior patterns of marsupials. This book also describes the anatomy and histologic, embryologic, and gerontologic observations of Marmosa robinsoni. The concluding chapters discuss diseases of both American and Australasian marsupials based on zoological, wildlife, parasitological, and veterinary medical studies. Supplemental texts are also provided. This book is ideal for researchers in the fields of developmental anatomy, immunology, neurology, and many aspects of comparative medicine and behavior.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors



    1 The Classification of Marsupials

    I. Introduction

    II. The Marsupials: An Overview

    III. The Classification of American Marsupials

    IV. Methods

    V. Results

    VI. Discussion


    2 Marsupial Chromosomes, Cell Cycles, and Cytogenetics

    I. Introduction

    II. Chromosomes of Australian Marsupials

    III. Chromosomes of American Marsupials

    IV. Tissue Culture of Marsupial Cells

    V. Marsupial Cell Cycles

    VI. Marsupial Cytogenetics

    VII. Conclusions and Summary

    VIII. Addendum


    3 Ecology of New World Marsupials

    I. Introduction

    II. General Ecology

    III. Physiological Ecology

    IV. Reproductive Cycles

    V. Growth, Longevity, and Survival

    VI. Summary


    4 Central Nervous System of Marsupials

    I. Basic Organization

    II. The Spinal Cord

    III. Somatic Sensory Systems

    IV. Cerebellum

    V. Special Sensory Systems

    VI. Basal Telencephalon

    VII. Neocortex and Dorsal Thalamus

    VIII. Interhemispheric Connections in Forebrain

    IX. Hypothalamus, Epithalamus, and Circumventricular Organs

    X. Descending Systems

    XI. Cerebral Correlates of Sleep and Arousal

    XII. Cerebral Circulation

    XIII. Overview


    5 Behavior of New World Marsupiais

    I. Introduction

    II. Social Behavior

    III. General Behavior

    IV. Experimental Studies

    V. Behavior in Captivity and Colony Management


    6 The Development of the Lymphatic and Immunohematopoietic Systems

    I. The Lymphatic System

    II. The Immunohematopoietic Complex

    III. Ontogeny of Immune Mechanisms


    7 The Special Anatomy of Marmosa robinsoni

    I. Introduction

    II. General Description and Posture

    III. Integument

    IV. Skeleton and Muscles

    V. Circulatory System

    VI. Respiratory System

    VII. Digestive System

    VIII. Urinary System

    IX. Reproductive Systems


    8 Diseases of Marsupials

    I. Introduction

    II. Diseases of American Marsupials

    III. Diseases of Australasian Marsupials


    9 A Selected Bibliography of New World Marsupials

    Appendix: Notes on Nomenclature


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  • No. of pages: 556
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1977
  • Published: January 1, 1977
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323146203

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Don II Hunsaker

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