Physiology of Molluscs
A Collection of Selected Reviews (2-volume set)

Editors: Saber Saleuddin, PhD
Spencer Mukai, PhD

Physiology of Molluscs

Pub Date: November 2016
Hardback Price: $399.95 US
Hard ISBN: 9781771884082
E-Book ISBN: 9781315207483
Pages: 932 pp with index
Binding Type: hardback
Notes: Volume 1: 32 B/W and 11 Color illustrations Volume 2: 47 B/W and 27 Color illustrations

“This two-volume set provides up-to-date reviews that are useful both for new entrants to the field of molluscan physiology and also for established researchers. While the emphasis of the collection is on neurobiology and behaviour, there are also excellent reviews covering a range of fields including physiological, biochemical and biophysical processes underlying biomineralization, estivation, envenomation, locomotion and reproduction. The compilations of modern overviews together with commentaries and perspectives by leading investigators warrant reading both volumes cover to cover by anyone working on or even just interested in molluscs and their diversity.”
—Roger Croll, PhD, Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Physiology of Molluscs: A Collection of Selected Reviews is an informative two-volume set that brings together some of the most important recent and unique developments in molluscan physiology.

Volume One focuses on shell structure, mineralization, the dynamics of calcium transport, shell drilling, byssus proteins, locomotion, and reproduction. Volume Two includes reviews on the neural mechanisms of learning, reproductive behavior, responses to environmental stress and hormones, and neurotransmitters.

With the rapid development of cutting-edge proteomic, molecular biological, and cellular imaging techniques, our understanding of molluscan physiology, specifically in the areas of neurobiology, reproductive biology, and shell formation, has increased exponentially over the last several years. With contributions from some of the world’s leading experts in the field of molluscan physiology, this valuable two-volume set fills this void and will serve as an important resource for researchers, professors, and students.

Chapters report on a variety of recent developments and new understanding, including

  • biology of byssus threads
  • physiology of reproduction in cephalopods
  • learning and memory of molluscs
  • endocrine disruption in molluscs
  • nautilus biology and behavior
  • cephalopod locomotion
  • neuronal circuitry in molluscs
  • reproductive endocrinology
  • bioactive peptides in molluscs
The reviews in these two volumes will make a significant contribution to our understanding not only of molluscan physiology but also the physiology of animals in general.

Volume 1:
1. Developing Perspectives on Molluscan Shells, Part 1: Introduction and Molecular Biology
Kevin M. Kocot, Carmel McDougall, and Bernard M. Degnan
2. Developing Perspectives on Molluscan Shells, Part 2. Cellular Aspects
Kenneth Simkiss
3. Drilling into Hard Substrate by Naticid and Muricid Gastropods: A Chemo-Mechanical Process Involved in Feeding
Eric S. Clelland and Nicole B. Webster
4. The Role of Metal Ions in the Mussel Byssus
Antje Reinecke and Matthew J. Harrington
5. Physiology of Envenomation by Conoidean Gastropods
Baldomero M. Olivera, Alexander Fedosov, Julita S. Imperial, and Yuri Kantor
6. Escape Responses by Jet Propulsion in Scallops
Helga E. Guderley and Isabelle Tremblay
7. Locomotion of Coleoid Cephalopods
Jean Alupay and Jennifer Mather
8. Key Molecular Regulators of Metabolic Rate Depression in the Estivating Snail Otala lacteal
Christopher J. Ramnanan, Ryan A. Bell, and John-Douglas Matthew Hughes
9. Gastropod Ecophysiological Response to Stress
Marie-Agnès Coutellec and Thierry Caquet

Volume 2:
1. Associative Memory Mechanisms in the Pond Snail Lymnaea stagnalis
Gaynor E. Spencer, Cailin M. Rothwell, and Paul R. Benjamin
2. From Likes to Dislikes: Conditioned Taste Aversion in the Great Pond Snail (Lymnaea stagnalis)
E. Ito, S. Kojima, K. Lukowiak, and M. Sakakibara
3. Stress, Memory, Forgetting and What Lymnaea Can Tell Us about a Stressful World
Ken Lukowiak
4. Learning and Memory in the Living Fossil, Chambered Nautilus
Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook
5. The Cephalopod Brain: Motion Control, Learning, and Cognition
Tamar Gutnick, Tal Shomrat, Jennifer A. Mather, and Michael J. Kuba
6. Endocrine Control of Gametogenesis and Spawning in Bivalves
Makoto Osada and Toshie Matsumoto
7. The Physiology of Reproduction in Cephalopods
Carlo Di Cristo
8. The Physiology of Pre- and Post-Copulatory Sexual Selection in Simultaneously Hermaphroditic Freshwater Snails
Joris M. Koene
9. Reproductive Strategies in Stylommatophoran Gastropods
Bruno Baur and Anette Baur
10. Physiological Functions of Gastropod Peptides and Neurotransmitters
Spencer T. Mukai and Fumihiro Morishita


About the Authors / Editors:
Editors: Saber Saleuddin, PhD
University Professor Emeritus, Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Member of the Bangladesh Academy of Sciences

Saber Saleuddin, PhD, is University Professor Emeritus of the Department of Biology at York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Dr. Saleuddin received his early education in Bangladesh. He received his doctorate in molluscan zoology from the University of Reading in the UK. After an NRC Research Fellowship at the University of Alberta, studying biomineralization in molluscs, he continued his research on biomineralization in the laboratory of Karl Wilbur at Duke University. Though offered a position at Duke, he accepted a faculty appointment at York University in Canada, where he taught for 37 years. The university recognized his outstanding contributions to research, teaching, and administration by honoring him as a University Professor. He has published more than a hundred papers in international journals and has co-edited three books on molluscan physiology. He served as co-editor of the Canadian Journal of Zoology for 18 years and was president of the Canadian Society of Zoologists, from whom he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.

Spencer Mukai, PhD
Instructor and Technician, Glendon College, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Spencer Mukai, PhD, is currently an instructor and technician at York University’s Glendon College campus (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), where he is facilitating the implementation of a new biology undergraduate teaching laboratory. Dr. Mukai’s research interests are in the neuroendocrine regulation of reproduction, growth, and osmoregulation in molluscs. He has published in and served as reviewer for national and international journals. After receiving his BSc and PhD from the Department of Biology, York University, Dr. Mukai has spent time as a postdoctoral fellow and research associate as well as an instructor at York University’s Keele campus. He has demonstrated labs in invertebrate physiology and zoology for many years and has taught a variety of courses, including invertebrate physiology and endocrinology, animal physiology, environmental physiology, histology, human physiology, parasitology, introductory biology, ecology, and conservation biology.

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