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Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

Edited by Tyler Carrier, Adam Reitzel and Andreas Heyland

Published in print December 2017 | ISBN: 9780198786962
Published online January 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191829086 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198786962.001.0001
Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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For more than a century, evolutionary biologists, ecologists, and oceanographers alike have been intellectually stimulated by marine invertebrate larval forms. In 1995, Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae, edited by the late Dr. Larry McEdward, captured the fundamental phenomenon and tremendous diversity of reproductive, biological, and oceanographic aspects of larval ecology. Now, more than twenty years later, this current edited volume provides an update to many of the original 13 chapters, while also reviewing several braches of larval ecology and evolution that have developed since. In Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae, authors review the origins of marine invertebrate larvae and the developmental mechanisms and ecological factors that may generate this great diversity, and how these microscopic organisms feed, develop, and behave in the pelagic environment. Whether actively swimming in the coastal seas or the deep abyss, larvae are often in motion and must settle on the seafloor; however, if delayed, they are susceptible to a multitude of consequences later in life. Now, in an age of change, larvae face a warmer, more acidic, and more toxic ocean than ever before. Responses to these stressors plus many other facets of larval biology can be broadly profiled, thanks to current technological advances. This edited volume provides a major synthesis of an important interdisciplinary field. It aims to foster stimulating discussions centered on the evolution and ecology of marine invertebrate larvae.

Keywords: marine invertebrate larvae; ecology; evolution; oceanography; life history

Book.  352 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Aquatic Biology ; Animal Pathology and Diseases

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Origin and Diversity of Marine Larvae in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Evolutionary Development of Marine Larvae in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Evolutionary Ecology of Parental Investment and Larval Diversity in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Evolutionary Transitions in Mode of Development in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Asexual Reproduction of Marine Invertebrate Embryos and Larvae in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Section 1 Summary—Evolutionary Origins and Transitions in Developmental Mode in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Larval Feeding: Mechanisms, Rates, and Performance in Nature in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Phenotypic Plasticity of Feeding Structures in Marine Invertebrate Larvae in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Physiology of Larval Feeding in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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Section 2 Summary—Functional Morphology and Ecology of Larval Forms in Evolutionary Ecology of Marine Invertebrate Larvae

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