Reproductive Biology of Invertebrates Volume III Accessory Sex Glands Edited by K. G. Adiyodi Accessory Sex Glands is the third volume in the encyclopaedic series and provides very valuable information, some hitherto unpublished, on the distribution, structure, origin physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and evolution of the accessory sex glands in different groups of invertebrates. Volumes I and II of this series (published by Wiley) have given detailed accounts of the structure, origin, composition and physiology of female and male gametes and also provided some information on the mechanisms controlling their production. The secretions of accessory sex glands are indispensable for several key aspects of gamete physiology and for successful fertilization and development in many internally fertilizing invertebrates. Interestingly enough, accessory sex gland secretions are produced, in some species at least, under the influence of gonadotrophic hormones as are the gametes themselves. The data on invertebrate accessory sex glands are scattered in various journals and have not been so far collected, critically evaluated and published in book form.
This volume thus fills a void and serves as an indispensable corollary and companion to the two volumes that have already appeared on gametology in the series. Contents: Series Preface Preface to Volume III Systematic Resume of the Invertebrates Platyhelminthes - Turbellaria, S.S. Guraya and V.R. Parshad; Nemertina, M. Gontcharoff; Gnathostomulida, Marlene Mainitz; Rotifera, John J. Gilbert; Gastrotricha, W.D. Hummon and M.R. Hummon; Nematoda, L.A. Fitzgerald and W. Eugene Foor; Acanthocephala, David W.T. Crompton; Mollusca, N.W. Runham; Annelida, K.G. Adiyodi; Onychophora, Hilke Ruhberg and Volker Storch; Arthropoda - Crustacea, K.G. Adiyodi and G. Anilkumar; Arthropoda - Insecta, Cedric Gillott; Arthropoda - Myriapoda, J.M. Demange; Pentastomida, John Riley. Species Index. Subject Index.
About the Editors Dr. K.G. Adiyodi is Professor of Reproductive Physiology at Calicut University, Kerala, India. He is Founder-Secretary of the International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction, Founder-Editor of the International Journal of Invertebrate Reproduction and Development, and Founder-President of the Indian Society of Invertebrate Reproduction. Dr. Rita G. Adiyodi, formerly Rhodes Visiting Fellow, Somerville College, Oxford (1976 78), is Professor of Zoology at Calicut University. She served as President of the Crustacean Reprobiology and Aquaculture Bureau of India and as Vice-President of the Indian Society of Invertebrate Reproduction. Dr. Rita Adiyodi currently represents India on the International Committee of Comparative Endocrinology. Both editors have been working extensively on reproduction and growth biology of arthropods for the last twenty-five years. They have written and edited several books and published about one hundred and seventy research papers and advanced reviews.