The American Horseshoe Crab

The American Horseshoe Crab

by Carl N. Shuster Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674011597

ISBN-13: 9780674011595

Pub. Date: 02/01/2004

Publisher: Harvard

The American horseshoe crab that comes ashore on the East Coast in vast numbers to mate and nest is much the same creature that haunted the coast before the time of the dinosaurs. It is among the world's most intensely studied marine invertebrates, critical to our understanding of many groups of organisms, both modern and extinct, and crucial to the ecology of

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The American horseshoe crab that comes ashore on the East Coast in vast numbers to mate and nest is much the same creature that haunted the coast before the time of the dinosaurs. It is among the world's most intensely studied marine invertebrates, critical to our understanding of many groups of organisms, both modern and extinct, and crucial to the ecology of large estuaries such as the Delaware Bay. Some stocks of this great survivor, whose ancestors made it through the mass extinction some 286 million years ago, have been severely depleted today because of overfishing and habitat destruction.

Carl N. Shuster, Jr., H. Jane Brockmann, and Robert B. Barlow are at the forefront of research on Limulus polyphemus, and in this book they bring together twenty scientists who have worked on all aspects of horseshoe crab biology to compile the first fully detailed, comprehensive view of the species. An indispensable resource, the volume describes the horseshoe crab's behavior, natural history, and ecology; its anatomy, physiology, distribution, development, and life cycle; the puzzle of its immune system; and its present management and future conservation.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011595
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
02/01/2004
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Prologue1
1Synchronies in Migration: Shorebirds, Horseshoe Crabs, and Delaware Bay5
2Nesting Behavior: A Shoreline Phenomenon33
3Male Competition and Satellite Behavior50
4Seeing at Night and Finding Mates: The Role of Vision83
5Growing Up Takes about Ten Years and Eighteen Stages103
6Horseshoe Crabs in a Food Web: Who Eats Whom?133
7A History of Skeletal Structure: Clues to Relationships among Species154
8Throughout Geologic Time: Where Have They Lived?189
9Coping with Environmental Changes: Physiological Challenges224
10Diseases and Symbionts: Vulnerability Despite Tough Shells245
11A Blue Blood: The Circulatory System276
12Internal Defense against Pathogenic Invasion: The Immune System288
13Clotting Cells and Limulus Amebocyte Lysate: An Amazing Analytical Tool310
14King Crab Fertilizer: A Once-Thriving Delaware Bay Industry341
15Horseshoe Crab Conservation: A Coast-Wide Management Plan358
Authors and Contributors381
References383
Acknowledgments419
Index421

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