The Choanoflagellates : Evolution, Biology and Ecology, Hardback Book


Choanoflagellates have three distinctive claims to fame: they are the closest, living, unicellular relatives of animals; they are a major component of aquatic microbial foodwebs; and one group is remarkable for its siliceous basket-like coverings.

This landmark book offers a unique synthesis of over forty years of choanoflagellates research.

Key areas are covered, from the phylogenetic evidence supporting the sister-group relationship between choanoflagellates and Metazoa, to choanoflagellate distribution and diversity in marine and freshwater environments.

The structure and assembly of choanoflagellate loricae is also presented together with a full discussion of a novel example of 'regulatory evolution', suggesting that the switch from nudiform to tectiform cell division and lorica production was achieved by a sudden reorganisation of existing structures and mechanisms.

Providing an authoritative summary of what is currently known about choanoflagellates, this title will serve as a foundation upon which future research and discussion can take place.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 350 pages, 43 Tables, black and white; 422 Halftones, unspecified; 48 Line drawings, unspecified
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Microbiology (non-medical)
  • ISBN: 9780521884440



Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops