November 28 2012

12:00 LSB 2320

Bruno Pernet
Dept of Biological Sciences, California State University at Long Beach

Effects of evolutionary and experimental changes in egg energy content on form and function of spiralian larvae


In marine invertebrates with indirect life cycles, the amount of energy mothers place in each egg has important effects on the development, form, function, and ecology of larvae. Our understanding of how egg energy content evolves and how these correlated effects arise is derived primarily from studies of deuterostomes (especially sea urchins). Here I describe work aimed at understanding the effects of changes in egg energy content on larval form and function in animals that develop via the highly conserved spiralian developmental program. I present comparative data on annelids aimed at testing hypotheses on how evolutionary changes in egg energy content lead to evolutionary shifts in larval development and nutritional mode. I also describe a new method to experimentally manipulate embryo energy content in diverse spiralians; this method should permit strong tests of a variety of key assumptions and predictions of models of the evolution of egg size in these extremely diverse taxa.











































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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