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Reproductive and Developmental Strategies

The Continuity of Life

  • Kazuya Kobayashi
  • Takeshi Kitano
  • Yasuhiro Iwao
  • Mariko Kondo
  • Includes new data and new concepts about animal developmental mechanisms in each chapter

  • Provides the most intriguing topics in life-cycle reproduction, i.e., life continuity

  • Compiles information in model as well as non-model animal species from basal invertebrates to vertebrates, including mammals


Part of the Diversity and Commonality in Animals book series (DCA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Diversity in Reproductive Strategies and Germ Cell Differentiation Mechanisms

  3. Diversity in Sex Determination and Differentiation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Kenji Toyota, Norihisa Tatarazako, Taisen Iguchi
      Pages 247-265
    3. Yasuhisa Kobayashi, Ryo Nozu, Ryo Horiguchi, Masaru Nakamura
      Pages 321-347

About this book


This book provides new insights into the universality of biological systems in animal reproduction and development by a comparative study of a variety of mechanisms in animals ranging from basal invertebrates to vertebrates, including mammals.

Animals accomplish genetic diversity through meiosis and fertilization, and during embryogenesis animals must produce specialized cell types, including germ cells, in accordance with their individual body plan. This series of phenomena is essential to the continuity of life in the animal kingdom, and animals show various reproductive and developmental strategies.

This volume, comprising four parts, reviews animal kingdom diversity, including reproductive strategies and germ cell differentiation mechanisms (Part 1), sex determination and differentiation (Part2), the mechanisms of fertilization (Part 3), and body axis formation (Part 4). Readers will find descriptions of the reproduction or development of 180 species, 13 phyla, 35 classes, 74 orders, 117 families, and 151 genera in this book. Of particular interest is the diversity of molecules and mechanisms used to achieve the same biological purpose in different animals.

Undergraduates, graduate students, and professional scientists who want a deeper understanding of animal reproductive and developmental mechanisms will find this book to be of great value.


Diversity Reproduction Fertilization Axis formation Germ cell Germline stem cell Gametogenesis Regeneration Sex determination Sex differentiation Sex change Sperm-egg interaction Self-sterility

Editors and affiliations

  • Kazuya Kobayashi
    • 1
  • Takeshi Kitano
    • 2
  • Yasuhiro Iwao
    • 3
  • Mariko Kondo
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Biology, Faculty of Agriculture and Life ScienceHirosaki UniversityHirosakiJapan
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesGraduate School of Science and Technology Kumamoto UniversityKumamotoJapan
  3. 3.Laboratory of Reproductive Developmental Biology, Division of Earth Sciences, Biology, and ChemistryGraduate School of Sciences and Technology for Innovation Yamaguchi UniversityYamaguchiJapan
  4. 4.Misaki Marine Biological StationGraduate School of Science The University of TokyoMiuraJapan

About the editors

Kazuya Kobayashi
Department of Biology, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science, Hirosaki University
Hirosaki, Japan  

Takeshi Kitano
Department of Biological Sciences, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University
Kumamoto, Japan  

Yasuhiro Iwao
Laboratory of Reproductive Developmental Biology, Division of Earth Sciences, Biology, and Chemistry, Graduate School of Sciences and Technology for Innovation, Yamaguchi University
Yamaguchi, Japan  

Mariko Kondo
Misaki Marine Biological Station, Graduate School of Science, The University of Tokyo
Miura, Japan 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Reproductive and Developmental Strategies
  • Book Subtitle The Continuity of Life
  • Editors Kazuya Kobayashi
    Takeshi Kitano
    Yasuhiro Iwao
    Mariko Kondo
  • Series Title Diversity and Commonality in Animals
  • Series Abbreviated Title Diversity and Commonality in Animals
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Japan KK, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-56607-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-56865-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-56609-0
  • Series ISSN 2509-5536
  • Series E-ISSN 2509-5544
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 790
  • Number of Illustrations 36 b/w illustrations, 137 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Developmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
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