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Methods in Cell Biology
Echinoderms are favored study organisms not only in cell and developmental biology, but also physiology, larval biology, benthic ecology, population biology and paleontology, among other fields. However, many echinoderm embryology labs are not well-equipped to continue to rear the post-embryonic stages that result. This is unfortunate, as such labs are thus unable to address many intriguing biological phenomena, related to their own cell and developmental biology studies, that emerge during larval and juvenile stages. To facilitate broader studies of post-embryonic echinoderms, we provide here our collective experience rearing these organisms, with suggestions to try and pitfalls to avoid. Furthermore, we present information on rearing larvae from small laboratory to large aquaculture scales. Finally, we review taxon-specific approaches to larval rearing through metamorphosis in each of the four most commonly-studied echinoderm classes—asteroids, echinoids, holothuroids and ophiuroids.
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Hodin, J., Hayland, A., Mercier, A., Pernet, B., Cohen, D. L., Hamel, J., Allen, J. D., McAlister, J. S., Byrne, M., & George, S. B. (2019). Culturing Echinoderm Larvae Through Metamorphosis. Methods in Cell Biology (pp. 125-169). Elsevier. https://scholarworks.wm.edu/asbookchapters/98