ISSN 1062-3604, Russian Journal of Developmental Biology, 2008, Vol. 38, No. 5, p. 324. © Pleiades Publishing, Inc., 2008. Original Russian Text © I.A. Kosevich, 2008, published in Ontogenez, 2008, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 399–400. BOOK REVIEW Colonial Rhizocephalans (Crustacea, Rhizocephala): Asexual Reproduction, Stem Cells, and Reproductive Strategy by V. V. Isaeva and A. I. Sukalyuk, Moscow: Nauka, 2007 DOI: 10.1134/S106236040805010X Highly specialized parasitic rhizocephalans are quences of the asexual reproduction based on blastoge- unlikely a well-known group of invertebrates for most nesis, which is unique for crustaceans and led to the biologists. Nevertheless, this group of barnacles colonial organization in some rhizocephalans during remains within the scope of biologists since long due to their parasitic stage are discussed. the speciﬁc features of their sexual and asexual repro- Unfortunately, the book is not free from notable duction and the impact on their hosts. Not least, the blemishes. From the beginning, it becomes clear that it interest to this group of crustaceans is maintained by is based on the grant reports for the Russian Foundation economic consequences of their parasitism in food for Basic Research. As a result, there are many repeats crustaceans. The publication of the ﬁrst monograph (looking as the main text and summary at the end of reviewing most major aspects of rhizocephalan biology each chapter. The book will beneﬁt from a small dictio- can be considered as an important, timely, and impor- nary of major terms for readers not specializing in tant event. rhizocephalans. A number of terms are not explained The book gives the ﬁrst detailed presentation of after the ﬁrst incidence but much later. morphological and spatial organization of some rhizo- The book claims several times that the colonial cephalan species at the endoparasitic stage. The struc- organization of the studied rhizocephalan species is ture and blastogenetic development of the major parts beyond question and generally accepted. However, it is of interna (the stage of the parasite inside the host) has not clear from the presented references. Moreover, the been considered in detail in colonial rhizocephalans. authors mention the opinion of other researchers that do Comparative histological and ultrastructural data are not consider rhizocephalans as colonial animals. The given for several species. The original and published original data and conclusions are convincing; however, data on the stem cell behavior and development of germ erratic terminology related to the colonial organization cell precursors obtained using current immunohis- is sometimes used (“individuals” in the colony, etc.). tochemical and molecular genetic techniques have been This biologically interesting section could be made reviewed for the ﬁrst time. more compact and correct. Considerable attention is given to the discussion of The typographic quality of the book is a serious reproductive and life cycles in several rhizocephalan drawback. The quality of many light and electron species. Speciﬁc parasite–host interactions were con- micrographs is so poor that some illustrations are hard sidered in detail. The properties of the reproductive to understand. Under these circumstances, the book strategy of rhizocephalans and possible pathways of its could substantially beneﬁt from more informative line origin were discussed. drawings and diagrams instead of the presented micro- The monograph considers the problem of colonial graphs. The available drawings and diagrams are of organization of the studied rhizocephalans in particular. high quality. The ﬁrst comparison of the life cycles, structure, devel- Despite these drawbacks, the book Colonial Rhizo- opment at the parasitic stage, and reproductive strate- cephalans… is of great interest for a wide range of biol- gies is given for colonial and noncolonial representa- ogists. It will be clearly useful for both specialists and tives of this group of parasitic crustaceans. The data readers interested in the general problems of zoology, obtained using unique culture methods and in vitro parasitology, and developmental biology. monitoring of the endoparasitic stages are presented, I.A. Kosevich and these data conﬁrm the colonial organization of the studied rhizocephalan species. The evolutionary conse- e-mail: email@example.com
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