Biology and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs / Edition 1

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Overview

The four living species of horseshoe crabs face a set of growing threats to their survival, including the erosion and/or man-made alteration of essential spawning habitat, coastal pollution, and overfishing. Horseshoe crabs are “living fossils”, with a more than 200 million year evolutionary history. Their blood provides a reagent, known as Limulus amebocyte lysate or LAL, that clots in the presence of minute quantities of bacterial endotoxin; the LAL test is the state-of-the-art methodology used to ensure that pharmaceuticals and surgical implants are free of contamination. Horseshoe crabs are an integral part of the food web in coastal marine ecosystems, and their eggs provide essential food for shorebirds in the Delaware Bay estuary each spring. The commercial fishery for horseshoe crabs, which utilizes animals for bait, contributes to the economies of coastal communities.

This book consists of papers presented at the 2007 International Symposium on the Science and Conservation of Horseshoe Crabs.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387899589
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2009
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 662
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John T. Tanacredi is Chair and Professor of Earth and Marine Sciences at Dowling College. He is a Research Associate in the Invertebrate Zoology Department at the American Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Mark L. Botton is a Professor of Biology at Fordham University.

Dr. David R. Smith is a Research Biological Statistician for the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Table of Contents

Biology.- Limits on the Global Distribution of Horseshoe Crabs (Limulacea): Lessons Learned from Two Lifetimes of Observations: Asia and America.- Horseshoe Crabs – An Ancient Ancestry Revealed.- The Ecological Importance of Horseshoe Crabs in Estuarine and Coastal Communities: A Review and Speculative Summary.- Relationships Between Sandpipers and Horseshoe Crab in Delaware Bay: A Synthesis.- Horseshoe Crabs, Their Eco-biological Status Along the Northeast Coast of India and the Necessity for Ecological Conservation.- American Horseshoe Crabs, Limulus polyphemus, in Mexico: Open Possibilities.- Basic Habitat Requirements of the Extant Species of Horseshoe Crabs (Limulacea).- The Relationship Between Small- and Large-Scale Movements of Horseshoe Crabs in the Great Bay Estuary and Limulus Behavior in the Laboratory.- Ecology of Horseshoe Crabs in Microtidal Lagoons.- Phylogeography, Demographic History, and Reserves Network of Horseshoe Crab, Tachypleus tridentatus, in the South and East China Seaboards.- Genetic Structure of Japanese Populations of Tachypleus tridentatus by mtDNA AT-Rich Region Sequence Analysis.- Reproductive Competition and Sexual Selection in Horseshoe Crabs.- Vision in Horseshoe Crabs.- Sperm Attachment on the Egg of Malaysian King Crab, Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda.- Distribution and Development of Limulus Egg Clusters on Intertidal Beaches in Delaware Bay.- Comparisons in Prosomal Width and Body Weight Among Early Instar Stages of Malaysian Horseshoe Crabs, Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda and Tachypleus gigas in the Laboratory.- Emergence Behavior of Juvenile Tachypleus tridentatus Under Simulated Tidal Conditions in the Laboratory and at Two Different Sediment Temperatures.- Distribution of Juvenile Horseshoe Crabs in Subtidal Habitats of Delaware Bay Using a Suction-Dredge Sampling Device.- Conservation.- History of Horseshoe Crab Harvest on Delaware Bay.- Biomedical Applications of Limulus Amebocyte Lysate.- The Effect of Hemolymph Extraction Volume and Handling Stress on Horseshoe Crab Mortality.- Horseshoe Crabs in Hong Kong: Current Population Status and Human Exploitation.- Comparative Status and Assessment of Limulus polyphemus with Emphasis on the New England and Delaware Bay Populations.- An Integrative Approach to Horseshoe Crab Multiple Use and Sustainability.- Strategies to Conserve and Enhance Sandy Barrier Habitat for Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus) on Developed Shorelines in Delaware Bay, United States.- Conservation Program for the Asian Horseshoe Crab Tachypleus tridentatus in Taiwan: Characterizing the Microhabitat of Nursery Grounds and Restoring Spawning Grounds.- The Effects of Water Quality on Horseshoe Crab Embryos and Larvae.- Heavy Metal Concentration in Horseshoe Crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda and Tachypleus gigas) Eggs from Malaysian Coastline.- A Discussion of Horseshoe Crab Management in Five Countries: Taiwan, India, China, United States, and Mexico.- Clinical Evaluation, Common Diseases, and Veterinary Care of the Horseshoe Crab, Limulus polyphemus.- Aquaculture Methods and Early Growth of Juvenile Horseshoe Crabs (Limulus polyphemus).- Larval Culture of Tachypleus gigas and Its Molting Behavior Under Laboratory Conditions.- Diet Composition of Juvenile Horseshoe Crabs: Implications for Growth and Survival of Natural and Cultured Sks.- Effect of Sediment Type on Growth and Survival of Juvenile Horseshoe Crabs (Tachypleus tridentatus).- The Conservation Network of Horseshoe Crab Tachypleus tridentatus in Taiwan.- The History of Horseshoe Crab Research and Conservation in Japan.- Public Awareness and Community-Based Conservation for the Horseshoe Crab at Saikai National Park in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.- Public Participation in Studies on Horseshoe Crab Populations.- Green Eggs and Sand: A Collaborative Effort of Scientists, Teachers, Resource Managers, and Stakeholders in Educating About Limulus polyphemus.- Community Building: An Integrated Approach to Horseshoe Crab Conservation.

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