The Cnidaria, Past, Present and Future

The world of Medusa and her sisters

  • Stefano Goffredo
  • Zvy Dubinsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Genesis, Evolution, and Systematics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Barbara Cavalazzi, Roberto Barbieri
      Pages 3-13
    3. Heyo Van Iten, Juliana M. Leme, Mírian L. A. F. Pacheco, Marcello G. Simões, Thomas R. Fairchild, Fábio Rodrigues et al.
      Pages 31-40
    4. Marcelo V. Kitahara, Hironobu Fukami, Francesca Benzoni, Danwei Huang
      Pages 41-59
    5. Sérgio N. Stampar, Maximiliano M. Maronna, Marcelo V. Kitahara, James D. Reimer, Julia S. Beneti, André C. Morandini
      Pages 61-72
  3. Zoogeography

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Carlos Daniel Pérez, Bárbara de Moura Neves, Ralf Tarciso Cordeiro, Gary C. Williams, Stephen D. Cairns
      Pages 109-123
    3. Paula Braga Gomes, Alessandra Gomes Targino, Rafael Antônio Brandão, Carlos Daniel Pérez
      Pages 125-138
    4. Manuel María González-Duarte, Cesar Megina, Pablo J. López-González, Bella Galil
      Pages 139-160
  4. Calcification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Casey Saenger, Jonathan Erez
      Pages 181-205
    3. Michela Reggi, Simona Fermani, Oren Levy, Zvy Dubinsky, Stefano Goffredo, Giuseppe Falini
      Pages 207-222
    4. Eva S. Deutekom, Pirom Konglerd, Paula Ramos-Silva, Jaap A. Kaandorp
      Pages 223-236
  5. Reproduction and Population Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 237-237
    2. Ekaterina Bocharova
      Pages 239-248
    3. Valentina Airi, Francesca Gizzi, Chiara Marchini, Stefano Goffredo
      Pages 269-278
    4. Márcio A. G. Coelho, Howard R. Lasker
      Pages 291-315
    5. Erik Caroselli, Stefano Goffredo
      Pages 317-328
  6. Symbiosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. Max Teplitski, Cory J. Krediet, Julie L. Meyer, Kim B. Ritchie
      Pages 331-346
    3. Wei Sun, Ramasamy Anbuchezhian, Zhiyong Li
      Pages 347-357
    4. Pilar Casado-Amezúa, Alejandro Terrón-Sigler, Jorge H. Pinzón, Paola Furla, Didier Forcioli, Denis Allemand et al.
      Pages 375-386
    5. Tina N. Molodtsova, Temir A. Britayev, Daniel Martin
      Pages 387-413
    6. Kathrin P. Lampert
      Pages 415-423
    7. Karen Burke da Silva, Anita Nedosyko
      Pages 425-438
  7. Immune System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 439-439
    2. Laura D. Mydlarz, Lauren Fuess, Whitney Mann, Jorge H. Pinzón, Deborah J. Gochfeld
      Pages 441-466
  8. Photobiology and Circadian Clock

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 467-467
    2. Zvy Dubinsky, David Iluz
      Pages 469-487
    3. Kenneth D. Hoadley, Peter D. Vize, Sonja J. Pyott
      Pages 511-520
  9. Global Climate Change

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 521-521
    2. R. van Woesik, C. Cacciapaglia, C. J. Randall
      Pages 545-552
    3. J. Murray Roberts, Fiona Murray, Eleni Anagnostou, Sebastian Hennige, Andrea Gori, Lea-Anne Henry et al.
      Pages 593-606
  10. Medical Aspects and Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 607-607
    2. Özgür Deniz Tezcan
      Pages 609-622
    3. Masashi Mizuno
      Pages 623-635
    4. Angel Anne Yanagihara, Christie Wilcox, Jason Smith, Gerald Wayne Surrett
      Pages 637-652
    5. Gian Luigi Mariottini
      Pages 653-668

About this book


This volume presents a broad panorama of the current status of research of invertebrate animals considered belonging to the phylum Cnidaria, such as hydra, jellyfish, sea anemone, and coral. In this book the Cnidarians are traced from the Earth’s primordial oceans, to their response to the warming and acidifying oceans. Due to the role of corals in the carbon and calcium cycles, various aspects of cnidarian calcification are discussed. The relation of the Cnidaria with Mankind is approached, in accordance with the Editors’ philosophy of bridging the artificial schism between science, arts and Humanities.  Cnidarians' encounters with humans result in a broad spectrum of medical emergencies that are reviewed. The final section of the volume is devoted to the role of Hydra and Medusa in mythology and art. 


Actiniaria Anthozoans Ceriantharia Cnidaria evolution, systematics, zoogeography Cnidarian envenomations, immunity Coral calcification Ediacaran system Hydrozoa Mythology (Medusa, Hydra, Perseus) Oceanic geochemistry Population ecology Scleractinia Stable isotope Symbiosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Stefano Goffredo
    • 1
  • Zvy Dubinsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Biological, Geological and Env ScieUniversity of BolognaBolognaItaly
  2. 2.Fac. Life SciencesBar-Ilan UniversityRamat-GanIsrael

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