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The biology of terrestrial molluscs.

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This book presents a synthesis of current knowledge and research on the biology of terrestrial gastropod molluscs, which are of importance to human societies as food, medicine, crop pests, vectors of parasites, and as tools, personal ornamentation and currency in trade. It covers the morphology, phylogeny and systematics, structure and function of the various organ systems, feeding behaviour, life...


Chapter 12 (Page no: 413)

Life history strategies.

A synthesis is provided of the accumulated knowledge concerning terrestrial gastropod life history, mainly in reference to such aspects as outcrossing versus selfing, random versus non-random mating, egg size versus egg numbers, egg survival, oviparity versus ovoviviparity, semelparity versus iteroparity, and short versus long life span.

Other chapters from this book

Chapter: 1 (Page no: 1) Gastropods on land: phylogeny, diversity and adaptive morphology. Author(s): Barker, G. M.
Chapter: 2 (Page no: 147) Body wall: form and function. Author(s): Luchtel, D. L. Deyrup-Olsen, I.
Chapter: 3 (Page no: 179) Sensory organs and the nervous system. Author(s): Chase, R.
Chapter: 4 (Page no: 213) Radular structure and function. Author(s): Mackenstedt, U. Märkel, K.
Chapter: 5 (Page no: 237) Structure and function of the digestive system in Stylommatophora. Author(s): Dimitriadis, V. K.
Chapter: 6 (Page no: 259) Food and feeding behaviour. Author(s): Speiser, B.
Chapter: 7 (Page no: 289) Haemolymph: blood cell morphology and function. Author(s): Furuta, E. Yamaguchi, K.
Chapter: 8 (Page no: 307) Structure and functioning of the reproductive system. Author(s): Gómez, B. J.
Chapter: 9 (Page no: 331) Regulation of growth and reproduction. Author(s): Vaufleury, A. G. de
Chapter: 10 (Page no: 357) Spermatogenesis and oogenesis. Author(s): Healy, J. M.
Chapter: 11 (Page no: 383) Population and conservation genetics. Author(s): Backeljau, T. Baur, A. Baur, B.
Chapter: 13 (Page no: 447) Behavioural ecology: on doing the right thing, in the right place at the right time. Author(s): Cook, A.
Chapter: 14 (Page no: 489) Soil biology and ecotoxicology. Author(s): Dallinger, R. Berger, B. Triebskorn-Köhler, R. Köhler, H.

Chapter details

  • Author Affiliation
  • Department of Evolution, Systematics and Ecology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem 91904, Israel.
  • Year of Publication
  • 2001
  • ISBN
  • 0851993184
  • Record Number
  • 20073012651