The Tropical Abalone Haliotis Asinina as a Model Species to Investigate the Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms Controlling Growth in Abalone

  • Regina T. Counihan
  • Nigel P. Preston
  • Bernard M. Degnan


Many marine invertebrates, including bivalves (clams, oysters, mussels, cockles), gastropods (abalone, Trochus) and crustaceans (prawns, crabs, lobster), are being cultivated for food around the world. While success and expansion of these shellfish aquaculture industries depend upon the economical production of a marketable product, in many cases a species’ life history may impede progress in obtaining this goal. An understanding of the molecular and cellular bases of commercially-problematic life history features, such as prolonged or complex larval stages and slow growth rates, provides an essential foundation for future alleviation of this problem. This background information, along with the ability to produce transgenic animals, has the potential to improve growth and reproduction rates, disease resistance and other features of cultivated organisms (Degnan, 1997).


Great Barrier Reef Slow Growth Rate Short Generation Time Marine Gastropod Diversicolor Supertexta 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Regina T. Counihan
    • 1
  • Nigel P. Preston
    • 2
  • Bernard M. Degnan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Division of Marine ResearchCSIROClevelandAustralia

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