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

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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

1General introduction1
2Taxonomy, evolution, and zoogeography8
3Basic anatomy, locomotion, and ecomorphology24
4Feeding and digestion43
5Metabolism, excretion, and water balance61
6Nervous, sensory, and neurosecretory systems86
7Gametogenesis and fertilization104
8Development, moulting, and life histories118
9Predators, parasites, and defence141
10Ecology158
Concluding remarks183
References184
Subject index223
Systematic index227

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