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Introduction to the Invertebrate Larval Biology Workshop: A Brief Background

Cameron, R. Andrew (1986) Introduction to the Invertebrate Larval Biology Workshop: A Brief Background. Bulletin of Marine Science, 39 (2). pp. 145-161. ISSN 0007-4977.

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The larvae of benthic marine invertebrates are puzzling creatures. They are usually minute, yet they are anatomically complex. They remain obscure among the more numerous holoplanktonic animals with whom they live, yet they play a visibly important role in benthic population dynamics. Because small and obscure larvae seldom reveal either their origins, destinations or hour-by-hour activities, they represent the life phase that is least understood in invertebrate life patterns. To replace missing data, overly simple assumptions have been used in models of community ecology and population biology. Lack of information on larval dispersal, larval nutrition and predation and the role of larvae in life history strategies is particularly apparent. Productive research into larval lives and processes continues to accumulate and for our purposes here can be divided into four areas: (1) dispersal, (2) settlement and metamorphosis, (3) life history ecology and (4) evolution.

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Additional Information:© 1986 University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Date Accepted: May 29, 1986. This enterprise is very much the product of a collaboration by the members of the Organizing Committee: Drs. Hadfield, Hines, Scheltema and Strathmann and I. Without their advice, patience and labor, it would not have occurred. I thank Friday Harbor Laboratories and its Director, Dr. D. Willows, for graciously providing a venue for the event. Dr. R. Strathmann, Associate Director, Friday Harbor Laboratories, handled local logistical arrangements. The Office of Naval Research provided funds in support of communications and publication costs. And lastly, I would like to thank the investigators who participated in the workshop and contributed to these proceedings.
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Official Citation:Cameron, R. A. (1986). "Introduction to the invertebrate larval biology workshop: A brief background." Bulletin of Marine Science 39(2): 145-161.
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