Reviews of Behavior and its Neural Control in Gastropod Molluscs
Chase, R. (2002), Oxford University Press, New York, 336 pp.

"...the book is interesting to read, shows remarkable scholarship, and is certainly a 'must-have' for a wide array of biologists with even a passing interest in mollusks, whether they be zoologists, behavioral ecologists, or neurobiologists.." Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology

"Ronald Chase's book is a welcome review of the breathtaking progress of the past 3 or so decades to unravel behavioral and neural mechanisms in gastropods...a splendid summary, and should be required reading for graduate students in zoology and neuroethology who are looking for questions on the overlapping edges of neuroscience, behavior and their cellular and molecular underpinnings." Integrative and Comparative Biology
"Surprisingly, there has been no comprehensive review of gastropod neurobiology since 1986, so this book fills a serious gap and makes accessible a scattered literature from around the world...[The author's] interests focus on the significance of identifiable neurons and neural circuits and the plasticity of their synapses as it relates to learning and memory...his review of the cellular discoveries arising from four decades of gastropod neuroethology should be required reading for any beginning molecular biologists with an interest in neurons." Bulletin, Canadian Society of Zoologists
"The book provides an authoritative account of the wide behavioral repertoire and its neural control in a group of animals that have been attractive to neurobiologists because of the relative ease of identifying neurons and investigating neural circuitry in the CNS. The book is carefully researched and has a lively style. ...The bibliography is a carefully selected list of the most important papers/reviews and will allow access to the more detailed literature." Newsletter, International Society for Neuroethology
"The book is divided into two parts. In the first four chapters the main aspects of the animals are introduced...For those who are not so familiar with gastropods, these chapters provide an excellent introduction for what follows. In the next five chapters the main behavioural activities are dealt with one by one: regulation of the internal environment, locomotion, feeding, reproduction, and defence. In each of these chapters, the author gradually works his way from the behaviour towards the underlying neural mechanisms. Finally, and fittingly, in the last chapter the author tackles how all the activities are distributed over time... The book is conveniently equipped with taxonomic, neuron and subject indexes and special care has been taken to cite the most important literature. " Animal Behaviour
"[T]he book is ... a readable and useful introduction for the novice and contains much that was new and intriguing to one that has been trying to keep up with this literature for many years. ... It will be an important resource for model system neurobiologists for a long time to come and will also be valuable to those malacologists who would like an easy overview of [how] the gastropod model systems work." The Veliger
"This is two valuable books in one volume: the behaviour of a large range of gastropods, and the neural basis of gastropod behaviour. . . . Neurologists will obviously benefit from reading this book, but so too will behavioural ecologists and ethologists. . . . The author picks modern examples, so that this book is an excellent review. However, there is also sufficient background to make the work accessible to undergraduate students. Here is a clearly written, well researched compendium of modern research which should be in every university library and on the bookshelves of all invertebrate neurologists and behaviourists." Bulletin of the Malacological Society of London
“I enjoyed this book very much and found all the chapters interesting and informative. The literature is well up-to-date ...The production quality of the book is high and the figures and tables are well set out. [Includes] an excellent overview on the variation in mating strategies in gastropods, their ways to find mates and the nervous control of courtship. For persons not familiar with gastropods, and who want to learn more about the behavior and it neural control in these animals, this book is an eye-opener, and I can hardly imagine a more attractive introduction to them.” Newsletter of the International Society for Behavioral Ecology

Back to Dr. Chase's Home Page / Back to Biology Home Page