CONTENTS:- Vol.1: Comparative Anatomy of Echinodermata: 1. Comparative anatomy of echinoderms: Form of the persistome-ornamentation-marginal incisions or perforations-the perignathic apophysial girdle-asteroidea-the ambulacral skeleton-the interambulacral skeleton-the accessory skeletal system-comparison of the perisomatic skeleton of the asteroidea with that of the echinoidea-ophiuroidea-skeleton of the arms-the oral skeleton-accessory parts of the oral skeleton-accessory skeletal plates of the disc-crinoidea-the perisomatic skeleton of the calyx-special remarks on the perisomatic skeleton of the crinoid calyx-the brachial skeleton-the stem (columna)-the manner of connection between the skeletal pieces-the nerve canals of the arms and of the apical capsule-the water pores-blastoidea-the ambulacral skeleton-the stem-cystidea-cystocrinoidea-eucystidea-the spines and their derivatives-the sphaeridia and the pedicellariae-the spines-modified spines-the masticatory apparatus of the echinoidea-(Aristotle's lantern)-the calcareous ring of the holothurioidea-further deposits of calcareous matter-concluding remarks on the section on the skeletal system-the outer morphology of the holothurioidea-position and arrangement of the most important organs in the Radii-the integument-the water vascular system-(system of the Ambulacral vessel: hydrocoel.)-madreporite and stone canal-the water vascular ring and its appendages-the radial canals, the canals of the tentacles and tube-feet; the tentacle and tube-feet ampullae.-the ambulacral appendages-the coelom-the body cavity-the brachial cavities-the perioesophageal sinus-the perianal sinus-the axial sinus-the axial organ-the chambered sinus of the crinoidea and its continuation in the stalk and in the cirri-the pseudohaemal system-the epineural system-the blood vascular of lacunar system-the nervous system-the superficial oral nervous system-asteroidea-crinoidea-ophiuroidea-echinoidea-holothurioidea-the deeper oral nervous system-asteroidea-ophiuroidea-echinoidea-holothurioidea-the apical or aboral nervous system-the third nervous system of the crinoidea-the sensory organs-the ambulacral appendages as sensory organs-the terminal tentacles-the ambulacral feet and ambulacral tentacle-nerve endings in the integument-auditory organs, organs for orientation-eyes-the body musculature-holothurioidea-echinoidea-asteroidea-ophiuroidea-crinoidea-the alimentary canal-general review-holothurioidea-echinoidea-crinoidea-asteroidea-ophiuroidea-respiratory organs-the (inner) respiratory trees of the holothurioidea-review of the respiratory organs of the echinodermata-the cuvierian organs of the holothurioidea.-excretion-the sacculi of the crinoidea-genital organs-general morphology-holothurioidea-asteroidea-ophiuroidea-the bursae-the genital apparatus-echinoidea-crinoidea-origin of the sexual products-hermaphroditism in echinoderms-care of the brood and sexual dimorphism-capacity for regeneration and asexual reproduction by means of fission and gemmation-ontogeny-the various larval forms of the echinodermata-ontogeny of the holothurioidea-ontogeny of the echinoidea-ontogeny of the asteroidea-ontogeny of the ophiuroidea-ontogeny of the crinoidea-embryonic development-the free-swimming larva-attachment of the larva and its transformation into the stalked form-the stalked larva after the vestibule has been perforated-last stage of the attached stalked larva-pentacrinus stage-phylogeny-the dipleurula larva-metamorphosis of the dipleurula larva-all echinoderms must, therefore, once have been attached animals. 2. Life of asterias: Distribution-habits and habitat-external morphology-shape, size and colouration-oral or actinal surface-mouth-ambulacral grooves-tube feet-ambulacral spines-sense organs-aboral or abactinal surface-anus-madreporite-spines-dermal branchiae-pedicelariae-straight type of forceps type-crossed type or scissors type-body wall epidermis-dermis-coelomic epithelium-enoloskeleton-coelom-digestive system-alimentary canal-digestive glands-food-madreporite-stone canal-ring canal-Tiedmann's bodies or racemose glands-polian vesicles-radial canals-lateral canals-tube feet-functions-locomotion-locomotion in a horizontal surface-locomotion of a vertical surface-circulatory system-haemal system-respiration-excretory system-nervous system-superficial or ectodermal nervous system-deeper nervous system-aboral or coelomic nervous systems-visceral nervous systems-sense organs-neurosensory cells-eyes-terminal tentacles-reproductive system-development-bipinnaria larva-brachiolaria larva-metamorphosis. Vol.2: Physiology and Ecology of Echinodermata: 1. Echinodermata: characters and classification. 2. Asteroida. 3. Larval forms in echinodermata. 4. Water vascular system in echinodermata. 5. Hemichordata: characters and classification. 6. Balanoglossus. 7. Ecology of echinodermata. 8. Regeneration ecology in holothuroidea. 9. Ecology of echinoide. 10. Ecology of ophiuroidea. Vol.3: Phylum Echinodermata: 1. Phylum echinodermata. 2. Starfishes. 3. Ophiuroidea. 4. Holothuroidea. 5. Echinoidea.
Encyclopaedia of Echinodermata, in three volumes, has been carefully organised and clearly written to meet the requirements of the undergraduate, postgraduate and those involved in the various competitive examinations. The text has been designed to approach the classification, morphology, anatomy, physiology and development of all required types in a simple, lucid and straightforward manner. General characters and classification and brief description of other important types have also been dealt with complete, authentic and uptodate account. Further separate chapters on topics of significance and general interest pertaining to the phylum have also been added to make the treatment more elaborate. Profusely illustrated the work has become very informative. The text is not only encyclopaedic in scope, but also of introductory coverage, commensurate, concise, comprehensive yet exhaustive presentation.