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The Cnidaria, Past, Present and Future

The world of Medusa and her sisters

Editors: Goffredo, Stefano, Dubinsky, Zvy (Eds.)

  • A unique, topical, multi-level, interdisciplinary coverage of Cnidaria 
  • Takes the reader through the earliest evolution of the taxon and the ramification of its taxonomy 
  • Explores the Cnidaria genesis, evolution and systematics, its zoogeography, calcification, reproduction, symbiosis, photobiology, and global climate change, and gives insight in its immune system, medical aspects 
  • Looks at the molecular and genomic make-up; ecology and physiology; use in jewelry; invasion of human imagination in art and myth 
  • Bridges artificial schism between science, arts and Humanities
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About this book

This volume presents a broad panorama of the current status of research of invertebrate animals considered belonging to the phylum Cnidaria, such as hydra, jellyfish, sea anemone, and coral. In this book the Cnidarians are traced from the Earth’s primordial oceans, to their response to the warming and acidifying oceans. Due to the role of corals in the carbon and calcium cycles, various aspects of cnidarian calcification are discussed. The relation of the Cnidaria with Mankind is approached, in accordance with the Editors’ philosophy of bridging the artificial schism between science, arts and Humanities.  Cnidarians' encounters with humans result in a broad spectrum of medical emergencies that are reviewed. The final section of the volume is devoted to the role of Hydra and Medusa in mythology and art. 

About the authors

Dr. Stefano Goffredo is consolidating his career. His scientific initiative promises to lead marine biology towards integrative interdisciplinary syntheses. By extensive collaborations with leaders in different fields, such as physics, chemistry, computational science and photobiology SG developed multidisciplinary methodologies attacking the questions identified by his field studies with novel laboratory tools. In his research, SG has developed original aspects in the interpretation of growth and population data, population dynamics, reproductive biology and conservation monitoring. Recently, he has expanded his interests to the biomineralization in relation to environmental parameters. 

Prof. Emeritus Zvy Dubinsky of the Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences studies the response of the photosynthetic apparatus of microalgae to the intensity and spectral composition of underwater irradiance and nutrient concentration. Dubinsky and his team focus on three systems – Phytoplankton in the Red Sea, the Mediterranean and Lake Kinneret; Zooxanthellae living as endosymbionts in reef building corals; and algal mass cultures for the production of biodiesel and fine chemicals.

Table of contents (40 chapters)

  • Emergence and Evolution of Early Life in the Geological Environment

    Cavalazzi, Barbara (et al.)

    Pages 3-13

  • Integrated Evolution of Cnidarians and Oceanic Geochemistry Before and During the Cambrian Explosion

    Han, Jian (et al.)

    Pages 15-29

  • Origin and Early Diversification of Phylum Cnidaria: Key Macrofossils from the Ediacaran System of North and South America

    Iten, Heyo (et al.)

    Pages 31-40

  • The New Systematics of Scleractinia: Integrating Molecular and Morphological Evidence

    Kitahara, Marcelo V. (et al.)

    Pages 41-59

  • Ceriantharia in Current Systematics: Life Cycles, Morphology and Genetics

    Stampar, Sérgio N. (et al.)

    Pages 61-72

Buy this book

eBook $229.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-31305-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $299.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-31303-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $299.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-81009-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Cnidaria, Past, Present and Future
Book Subtitle
The world of Medusa and her sisters
Editors
  • Stefano Goffredo
  • Zvy Dubinsky
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-31305-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-31305-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-31303-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-81009-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 855
Number of Illustrations
106 b/w illustrations, 182 illustrations in colour
Topics