The Biology of Millipedes

The Biology of Millipedes

by Stephen P. Hopkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198576994

ISBN-13: 9780198576990

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Millipedes are commonly found in the leaf litter fauna of most terrestrial environments where they play an essential ecological role. The Biology of Millipedes is the first single-volume review of this important group and covers their evolution, ecology, behavior, and physiology. The book is essential reading for terrestrial ecologists, zoologists, and students

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Millipedes are commonly found in the leaf litter fauna of most terrestrial environments where they play an essential ecological role. The Biology of Millipedes is the first single-volume review of this important group and covers their evolution, ecology, behavior, and physiology. The book is essential reading for terrestrial ecologists, zoologists, and students taking courses in invertebrate biology. Introductory chapters consider millipede taxonomy and phylogeny, basic anatomy, locomotion, and ecomorphology. Later chapters review feeding and digestion, metabolism, nerves, and neurosecretion, together with all aspects of millipede development. In the final chapters, special attention is paid to defenses against predators, the importance of millipedes in decomposition processes, and their role as pests. The authors provide an extremely comprehensive bibliography of research papers and other literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198576990
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1. General Introduction
2. Taxonomy, Evolution and Zoogeography
3. Basic Anatomy, Locomotion and Ecomorphology
4. Feeding and Digestion
5. Metabolism, Excretion and Water Balance
6. Nervous, Sensory and Neurosecretory Systems
7. Gametogenesis and Fertilization
8. Development, Moulting and Life Histories
9. Predators, Parasites and Defence
10. Ecology

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