Reproductive and Developmental Strategies

The Continuity of Life

  • Kazuya Kobayashi
  • Takeshi Kitano
  • Yasuhiro Iwao
  • Mariko Kondo

Part of the Diversity and Commonality in Animals book series (DCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Diversity in Reproductive Strategies and Germ Cell Differentiation Mechanisms

  3. Diversity in Sex Determination and Differentiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Kenji Toyota, Norihisa Tatarazako, Taisen Iguchi
      Pages 247-265
    3. Yasuhisa Kobayashi, Ryo Nozu, Ryo Horiguchi, Masaru Nakamura
      Pages 321-347
    4. Shinichi Miyagawa, Ryohei Yatsu, Taisen Iguchi
      Pages 367-390
    5. Kento Miura, Ayako Tomita, Yoshiakira Kanai
      Pages 407-433
  4. Diversity in the Mechanism of Fertilization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 435-435
    2. Manabu Yoshida, Kaoru Yoshida
      Pages 437-462
    3. Mei Matsuzaki, Tomohiro Sasanami, Yoko Iwata, Noritaka Hirohashi
      Pages 463-478
    4. Hitoshi Sawada, Shiori Nakazawa, Maki Shirae-Kurabayashi
      Pages 479-497
    5. Leia C. Shuhaibar, David J. Carroll, Laurinda A. Jaffe
      Pages 535-548
    6. Kenji Miyado, Kenji Yamatoya, Woojin Kang, Natsuko Kawano
      Pages 549-568
  5. Diversity in Axis Formation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 591-591
    2. Masahiko Hibi, Masaki Takeuchi, Hisashi Hashimoto, Takashi Shimizu
      Pages 709-742
    3. Yoshihiko Umesono
      Pages 743-761
    4. Akihito Omori, Mani Kikuchi, Mariko Kondo
      Pages 763-789

About this book


This book provides new insights into the universality of biological systems in animal reproduction and development by a comparative study of a variety of mechanisms in animals ranging from basal invertebrates to vertebrates, including mammals.

Animals accomplish genetic diversity through meiosis and fertilization, and during embryogenesis animals must produce specialized cell types, including germ cells, in accordance with their individual body plan. This series of phenomena is essential to the continuity of life in the animal kingdom, and animals show various reproductive and developmental strategies.

This volume, comprising four parts, reviews animal kingdom diversity, including reproductive strategies and germ cell differentiation mechanisms (Part 1), sex determination and differentiation (Part2), the mechanisms of fertilization (Part 3), and body axis formation (Part 4). Readers will find descriptions of the reproduction or development of 180 species, 13 phyla, 35 classes, 74 orders, 117 families, and 151 genera in this book. Of particular interest is the diversity of molecules and mechanisms used to achieve the same biological purpose in different animals.

Undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scientists who want a deeper understanding of animal reproductive and developmental mechanisms will find this book to be of great value.


Diversity Reproduction Fertilization Axis formation Germ cell Germline stem cell Gametogenesis Regeneration Sex determination Sex differentiation Sex change Sperm-egg interaction Self-sterility

Editors and affiliations

  • Kazuya Kobayashi
    • 1
  • Takeshi Kitano
    • 2
  • Yasuhiro Iwao
    • 3
  • Mariko Kondo
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Agriculture and Life ScienceHirosaki UniversityHirosakiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesGraduate School of Science and Technology Kumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  3. 3.Laboratory of Reproductive Developmental Biology, Division of Earth Sciences, Biology, and ChemistryGraduate School of Sciences and Technology for Innovation Yamaguchi UniversityYamaguchiJapan
  4. 4.Misaki Marine Biological StationGraduate School of Science The University of TokyoMiuraJapan

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