Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Wider Evolutionary Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kevin Arbuckle
      Pages 3-31
    3. Thomas M. McCabe, Stephen P. Mackessy
      Pages 47-65
  3. Toxin Evolution in Major Venomous Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Adam D. Hargreaves, Abigail S. Tucker, John F. Mulley
      Pages 69-86
    3. Jutty Rajan Prashanth, Sebastien Dutertre, Richard James Lewis
      Pages 105-123
    4. Ira R. Cooke, Brooke Whitelaw, Mark Norman, Nikeisha Caruana, Jan M. Strugnell
      Pages 125-143
    5. Allen M. Cooper, David R. Nelsen, William K. Hayes
      Pages 145-166
    6. Shangfei Zhang, Bin Gao, Shunyi Zhu
      Pages 167-186
    7. Mrinalini, John H. Werren
      Pages 187-212
    8. David Baracchi, Simon Tragust
      Pages 213-233
    9. Rodrigo Ligabue-Braun
      Pages 235-257
  4. Evolution of Venom Delivery Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Harald M. I. Kerkkamp, Nicholas R. Casewell, Freek J. Vonk
      Pages 303-316
  5. Systematics of Venomous Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 317-317
    2. Gillian M. Mapstone
      Pages 319-366
    3. Nicolas Puillandre, Alexander E. Fedosov, Yuri I. Kantor
      Pages 367-398
    4. Torsten H. Struck
      Pages 399-413
    5. A. L. Allcock
      Pages 415-434
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 435-446

About this book


This volume contains a section on the wider evolutionary context of venom in animals, the molecular evolutionary processes involved in generating diversity, and the concept of venom evolution as being driven by an arms race that also involves evolution of resistance to toxins by prey. It also studies the relationship between the evolution of toxins and the evolution of the animals that they evolved within.  The last section discusses the evolution of venom delivery systems. The definition of a venomous animal, as opposed to a poisonous one, encompasses the evolution not just of toxins but also a specialized mechanism for administering them by injection. 



Drug Development Drug Discovery Toxin Toxinology Venom

Editors and affiliations

  • P. Gopalakrishnakone (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Anita Malhotra
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesBangor UniversityBangor, GwyneddUnited Kingdom

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