Biology of the Deep Ocean

ISBN-10: 0198549555

ISBN-13: 9780198549550

Edition: 2001

Authors: Peter Herring
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Description: Erratum: Table 11.1 on page 241 has been mis-set. The entries for the phyla Annelida, Bryozoa, Cnidaria, Echiura, Mollusca, Placozoa, Porifera and Rotifera should all be moved one column to the right. The deep sea environment is the most extensive on our planet. Its denizens are normally unseen but whenever they are exposed to view they are regarded as bizarre aliens from a different world. The Biology of the Deep Ocean takes a close look at this apparently hostile world and explains how its inhabitants are exquisitely adapted to survive and flourish within it.

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Book details

List price: $85.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 2/21/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

The deep-sea dimension
The scale of the task
The vertical dimension
Differences between marine and terrestrial ecosystems
Measurements and methods
Biological sampling
Conclusion
Living, growing, and daylight
The fuel source: primary production
The seasonal cycle
Measurements of primary production
Grazing and secondary production
Conclusion
Life at the bottom
The benthic environment
Sampling the benthos
Food resources
Hydrothermal vents and cold seeps
The hadal zone
Spatial heterogeneity
Conclusion
Patterns and changes
Global views and patterns
Horizontal distributions
Vertical distributions
Conclusion
On being efficient
Energy management
Maximizing energy input--how to eat a lot
Maximizing assimilation efficiency
Minimizing energy output--how to keep up in the water
Metabolism, energy, and pressure
Conclusion
Feeling and hearing
Sensing vibrations
Vibrations in water
The hydrodynamic receptor system of fishes
Sound production by fishes
Invertebrate hydrodynamic receptors
Sounds of marine mammals
Electroreception and magnetic cues
Conclusion
Chemical messages
Taste or smell?
Chemical cues and receptors
Conclusion
Seeing in the dark
Light in the ocean
Eyes and their design conflicts
Fish
Invertebrates
Conclusion
Camouflage, colour, and lights
Camouflage and colour
Lights in a dark environment: bioluminescence
Conclusion
Size, sex, and seasonality
Life histories
Fecundity and egg size
Body size
Sex
Juvenile characters (progenesis)
Seasonality
Conclusion
A wonderful variety of life: biodiversity of the deep-sea fauna
Origins and habitats
What is biodiversity?
Conclusion
References
The marine phyla
Introduction
'Kingdom' Protista: some important heterotrophs
Kingdom Animalia
Index
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