Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts: A Guide to Their Identification and Ecology / Edition 1

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Zooplankton are critical to the vitality of estuaries and coastal waters. In this revised edition of Johnson and Allen's instant classic, readers are taken on a tour of the miniature universe of zooplankton, including early developmental stages of familiar and diverse shrimps, crabs, and fishes.

Zooplankton of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts details the behavior, morphology, and coloration of these tiny aquatic animals. Precise descriptions and labeled illustrations of hundreds of the most commonly encountered species provide readers with the best source available for identifying zooplankton.

Inside the second edition• an updated introduction that orients readers to the diversity, habitats, environmental responses, collection, history, and ecological roles of zooplankton• descriptions of life cycles• illustrations (including 88 new drawings) that identify 340-plus taxa and life stages• range, habits, and ecology for each entry located directly opposite the illustration• appendices with information on collection and observation techniques and citations of more than 1,300 scientific articles and books

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

An indispensable reference for every course on marine biology that is given in this part of the world.

— Jan Reid

Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin
This well-edited primer offers a concise and convenient compendium.

— Marsh Youngbluth

Northeastern Naturalist

An indispensable book for teachers, students, and professionals working in marine biology and oceanography.

Midwest Book Review

Teachers, students and professionals in marine biology at the college level will find this a key survey.

Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society - Geoff Boxshall

This new edition of the zooplankton guide by William S. Johnson and Dennis M. Allen provides an excellent introduction to the diversity of planktonic life found off the eastern and southern coasts of the USA... This volume is excellent and it will serve its audience well -- from the level of beginner through to seasoned marine researchers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801881688
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

William S. Johnson is the Lillian Welsh Professor of biological sciences at Goucher College in Baltimore. Dennis M. Allen is director of the Baruch Marine Laboratory and research professor at the University of South Carolina.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction to Zooplankton 1

Adaptations to Planktonic Life 2

Feeding 2

Locomotion 5

Vertical Migrations and Selective Tidal Transport 5

Defense 6

Adaptations of Planktonic Larvae 7

Factors Affecting Zooplankton Distribution 9

Plankton Distribution and Ocean Currents 10

Coastal Waters 11

Thermoclines and Coastal Stratification: Invisible Boundaries 12

Cross-Shelf Transport to Nearshore and Estuarine Areas 13

Tides and Tidal Currents 14

Coastal Embayments 15

Salinity and Estuarine Stratification 16

Benthic Habitats and Zooplankton Distribution 17

Estuarine and Coastal Planktonic Food Webs 18

Primary Productivity 18

Planktonic Food Webs 19

The "Classic" Phytoplankton → Herbivore Food Web 19

The Microbial Loop 20

Food Web Dynamics 20

A Brief History of Zooplankton Research 22

Pioneers in Zooplankton Research 22

Collection Techniques: Old and New 24

Plankton Nets 24

Plankton Pumps, Traps, and New Technologies 26

Automated Plankton Samplers, Acoustic Technology, and Video Techniques 27

Zooplankton and Environmental Quality 27

Hypoxia 27

Harmful Algal Blooms 30

Invasive and Introduced Species 30

Climate Change 31

Suggested Readings 33

Identification and Biology of Common Zooplankton

How to Use This Book to Identify Zooplankton 45

Quick Picks 49

Phytoplanton 59

Protozooplankton 76

Cnidarians: Anemones, Jellyfishes, and Related Metazoans 84

Hydrozoans 85

Scyphozoans and Cubozoans 110

Ctenophores: Comb Jellies and Sea Walnuts 124

Rotifers 130

Cirripedes: Barnacle Larvae 136

Cladocerans and Ostracods 138

Copepods 148

Mysids: Opossum Shrimps 184

Amphipods, Isopods, Tanaidaceans, and Cumaceans 198

Decapods: Shrimps, Crabs, and Related Crustaceans 218

Stomatopods: Mantis Shrimps 262

Sea Spiders, Mites, and Insects 264

Annelids: Segmented Worms and Nematodes 267

Molluscs: Gastropods, Bivalves, and Cephalopods 278

Chaetognaths: Arrow Worms 290

Echinodrem Larvae: Starfishes and Sea Urchins 298

Less Common Ciliated Invertebrate Larvae 300

Lower Chordates: Larvaceans, Sea Squirts, Salps, Doliolids, and Lancelets 302

Fish Larvae 310


1 Collecting Zooplankton 351

2 Observing Zooplankton 356

3 Relaxing, Fixing, and Preserving Zooplankton 361

4 Sample Processing and Data Analysis 367

5 Regional Zooplankton Surveys 372

Glossary 383

Literature Cited 389

Index 441

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