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The Choanoflagellates: Evolution, Biology and Ecology [Hardcover]

Item : The Choanoflagellates: Evolution, Biology and Ecology [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Leadbeater, Barry S. C.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0521884446
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780521884440
Publisher Publisher : Cambridge University Press
Pages Pages : 350
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 100121600

A unique account of the biology, ecology and evolution of choanoflagellates - the closest, known, living, unicellular relatives of animals.Choanoflagellates are the closest known living, unicellular relatives of animals. This landmark book presents a unique, comprehensive discussion of choanoflagellates with respect to their ultrastructure, silicon utilisation for skeletal purposes, contribution to microbial food webs, and molecular phylogeny. Also included is a novel account of the production of the basket-like lorica.Choanoflagellates are the closest known living, unicellular relatives of animals. This landmark book presents a unique, comprehensive discussion of choanoflagellates with respect to their ultrastructure, silicon utilisation for skeletal purposes, contribution to microbial food webs, and molecular phylogeny. Also included is a novel account of the production of the basket-like lorica.Choanoflagellates have three distinctive claims to fame: they are the closest, living, unicellular relatives of animals; they are a major component of aquatic microbial foodwebs; and one group is remarkable for its siliceous basket-like coverings. This landmark book offers a unique synthesis of over forty years of choanoflagellates research. Key areas are covered, from the phylogenetic evidence supporting the sister-group relationship between choanoflagellates and Metazoa, to choanoflagellate distribution and diversity in marine and freshwater environments. The structure and assembly of choanoflagellate loricae is also presented together with a full discussion of a novel example of 'regulatory evolution', suggesting that the switch from nudiform to tectiform cell division and lorica production was achieved by a sudden reorganisation of existing structures and mechanisms. Providing an authoritative summary of what is currently known about choanoflagellates, this title will serve as a foundation upon which future research and discussion can take place.Preface; 1. Historical lă-

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