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Aspects of Littorinid Biology

Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Littorinid Biology, held in Cork, Ireland, 7–13 September 1996

  • Editors
  • Ruth M. O’Riordan
  • Gavin M. Burnell
  • Mark S. Davies
  • Neil F. Ramsay
Conference proceedings

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 133)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Genetic variability in Littorina saxatilis from different habitats on an island in Galway Bay

  3. Electrophoretic heterogeneity within and between flat periwinkles (Mollusca: Gastropoda) along an intertidal transect at Ria Ferrol, northwest Spain

  4. A preliminary study on genetic differentiation in Littorina saxatilis from Galway Bay, Ireland: Littorina tenebrosa Montagu — a valid species or ecotype?

  5. Lack of significant esterase and myoglobin differentiation in the periwinkle, Littorina striata (Gastropoda, Prosobranchia)

  6. A comparison of different protocols for RAPD analysis of Littorina

    1. N. Mikhailova, K. Johannesson
      Pages 33-42
  7. Radular myoglobin and protein variation within and among some littorinid species (Mollusca: Gastropoda)

    1. R. Medeiros, L. Serpa, C. Brito, H. De Wolf, K. Jordaens, B. Winnepenninckx et al.
      Pages 43-51
  8. Allozyme variation and behavioural dimorphism among populations of Littorina brevicula (Philippi) from Japan

  9. Sexual selection and assortative mating by size and their roles in the maintenance of a polymorphism in Swedish Littorina saxatilis populations

  10. Rough periwinkle polymorphism on the east coast of Yorkshire: comparison of RAPD-DNA data with morphotype

  11. Assortative mating between two distinct micro-allopatric populations of Littorina saxatilis (Olivi) on the northeast coast of England

  12. Natural selection on a vertical environmental gradient in Littorina saxatilis: analysis of fecundity

  13. Effects of habitat on growth and shape of contrasting phenotypes of Bembicium vittatum Philippi in the Houtman Abrolhos Islands, Western Australia

  14. Increasing precision in randomised field experiments: barnacle microtopography as a predictor of Littorina abundance

  15. Temporal variation in parasite loading in relation to life history patterns of Littorina obtusata and L. fabalis

  16. Gills and size in some small Littorina

    1. D. H. Black, J. Grahame, P. J. Mill
      Pages 129-132
  17. A hot summer, cold winters, and the geographical limit of Trochocochlea lineata in Somerset

  18. Density and shell-size variation of Nodilittorina lineolata (Orbigny, 1840) in the intertidal region in southeastern Brazil

  19. Spawning periodicity of three species of Nodilittorina in Hong Kong

  20. What to do when there is nothing to do: the ecology of Jamaican intertidal Littorinidae (Gastropoda: Prosobranchia) in repose

About these proceedings


Members of the family Littorinidae are among the most widely studied gastropod molluscs and the more questions we answer about this group, the more questions are inevitably posed. Littorinid research spans diverse disciplines, from molecular biology, physiology, ecology, systematics and evolutionary biology to elegant anatomical studies. The papers n this volume reflect the current research being carried out on littorinids, and fall into three broad themes: systematics, ecology, and pollution studies.
This book is primarily targeted at the research level, while providing useful information for advanced first-degree students conducting research projects.


Mollusca biology ecology environment molecular biology phenotype tissue

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Aspects of Littorinid Biology
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the Fifth International Symposium on Littorinid Biology, held in Cork, Ireland, 7–13 September 1996
  • Editors Ruth M. O'Riordan
    Gavin M. Burnell
    Mark S. Davies
    Neil F. Ramsay
  • Series Title Developments in Hydrobiology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-5461-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-6243-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-5336-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 248
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Freshwater & Marine Ecology
    Human Genetics
    Animal Anatomy / Morphology / Histology
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`Especially valuable for insights provided on innovative applications of recent advances in biological research techniques. As such, an important book for researchers in other molluscan genera and other marine invertebrates.'
Northeastern Naturalist, 6:3 (2000)