Galápagos Marine Invertebrates

Taxonomy, Biogeography, and Evolution in Darwin’s Islands

  • Matthew J. James

Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction: Marine Invertebrate Evolution in the Galápagos Islands

    1. Matthew J. James
      Pages 1-5
  3. Oceanographic Setting

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
  4. Meiofauna and Annelida

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 35-35
    2. Wilfried Westheide
      Pages 37-73
  5. Coelenterata

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
  6. Arthropoda (Crustacea)

  7. Marine Cave Fauna

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Thomas M. Iliffe
      Pages 209-231
  8. Mollusca

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 233-233
    2. E. Alison Kay
      Pages 235-252

About this book

Introduction

Marine Invertebrate Evolution in the Galapagos Islands MATTHEW J. JAMES 1. Perspective of This Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2. Directions for Future Research . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 3. Plan of This Volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 1. Perspective of This Volume Charles Darwin brought the Galapagos Islands to the attention of zoologists, botanists, and geologists following the six-week visit of H. M. S. Beagle to the islands in 1835. Since then published research on the biota of the islands, partic­ ularly in multiauthored volumes, has focused on terrestrial plants and animals. The present volume is designed specifically to provide a summary of work on the marine invertebrate fauna. One deviation from that objective was the inclusion of a chapter on land snails, which proved to be a good choice because the phylum Mollusca is now covered more thoroughly in this volume than in any single previous scholarly work on the Galapagos. The academic bottom line with this book is to elucidate the evolutionary responses of shallow water, benthic marine invertebrates to the unique set of insular conditions that exist in the Galapagos Islands. The route taken to that objective has many paths including taxonomic revision, determining biogeo­ graphic affinities, and examining the ecological requirements of species. The information presented here is for some groups from the islands the first stage in a thorough process that can eventually lead to an understanding of the phylogenetic relationships of these species.

Keywords

Charles Darwin Darwin biogeography development ecology evolution invertebrates zoogeography

Editors and affiliations

  • Matthew J. James
    • 1
  1. 1.Sonoma State UniversityRohnert ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4899-0646-5
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-0648-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-0646-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0275-0120
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