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Introduction to the symposium: Ontogenetic Strategies of Invertebrates in Aquatic Environments
Charmantier, G.; Wolcott, D.L. (2001). Introduction to the symposium: Ontogenetic Strategies of Invertebrates in Aquatic Environments. Am. Zool. 41(5): 1053-1056
In: American Zoologist. American Society of Zoologists: McLean, VA. ISSN 0003-1569; e-ISSN 2162-4445, more
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Keywords
    Aquatic organisms
    Biogeny > Ontogeny
    Biological development
    Biological development > Embryonic development
    Biological phenomena > Adaptations
    Biology > Physiology > Animal physiology
    Conferences
    Developmental stages
    Developmental stages > Juveniles
    Environments > Aquatic environment > Inland water environment
    Marine/Coastal

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  • Charmantier, G.
  • Wolcott, D.L.

Abstract
    This symposium presents different ecological and physiological strategies used by invertebrates to successfully adapt to aquatic environments. Adaptation has been studied mainly in adult animals, but the papers comprising the symposium emphasize ontogenetic strategies, starting from the principle that natural selection acts on all stages of development. Adaptive strategies may thus differ strikingly between developmental stages of the same organism. Invertebrates offer a wide array of ecophysiological models for study, and these are exemplified by the contributions to the symposium, which are briefly summarized. Future research in the field will 1, expand the number of models for comparative purposes; 2, examine the strategies, not only of larvae and juveniles, but also of embryos, eggs and reproductive cells; and 3, investigate the genetic basis of ontogenetic strategies.

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