Edible Sea Urchins: Biology and Ecology
Sea urchins are a major component of the world ocean. They are important ecologically and
often greatly affect marine communities. They have an excellent fossil record and consequently are
of interest to paleontologists. Research has increased in recent years stimulated first by a recognition
of their ecological importance and then because of their economic importance. Scientists around
the world are actively investigating their potential for aquaculture. This book is designed to provide a broad
understanding of the biology and ecology of sea urchins. Synthetic chapters consider biology of sea
urchins as a whole to give a broad view. The topics of these chapters include reproduction, metabolism,
endocrinology, larval ecology, growth, digestion, carotenoids, disease and nutrition. Subsequent
chapters consider the ecology of individual species that are of major importance ecologically and economically.
These include species from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Europe, North America, South America and Africa.
Hardback 380 pp ISBN 9780444529404
Of interest to Marine biologists, students and researchers studying aquaculture, fisheries, and developmental biology
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