A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America / Edition 1

A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America / Edition 1

by J. Reese Voshell
     
 

Popular interest in the observation and study of freshwater invertebrates is increasing. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America meets the needs of the growing audience of teachers, amateur naturalists, environmentalists, anglers, and others interested in aquatic biology by providing substantive information in non-technical language forSee more details below

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Popular interest in the observation and study of freshwater invertebrates is increasing. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America meets the needs of the growing audience of teachers, amateur naturalists, environmentalists, anglers, and others interested in aquatic biology by providing substantive information in non-technical language for nearly one hundred of the most common groups of invertebrates found in the inland waters of North America. The first section provides background on the biology and ecology of freshwater environments and explains why and how this group of organisms can be studied, simply and without complex equipment, in the field and the laboratory. Section two describes nearly one hundred of the most common groups of invertebrates, usually at the taxonomic level of order or family. For each group, a whole-body color illustration is provided along with brief text pointing out the most important features to use in identifying members of the group. Section three contains expanded descriptions of the life histories, behavior, and ecology of the various invertebrate groups, and identifies their important ecological contributions and relationships to humans. This guide has several strengths: it is broad in scope, geographically and taxonomically; it is written at a substantive yet easily accessible level that will appeal to both general readers and those with more advanced interest in the subject; and it contains numerous high-quality illustrations, including more than one hundred specially commissioned color plates by the well known scientific illustrator Amy Bartlett Wright, which will greatly facilitate the rapid identification of specimens.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780939923878
Publisher:
McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, The
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
229,793
Product dimensions:
5.39(w) x 8.03(h) x 1.05(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Purpose
How to Use This Book3
Sect. 1Introduction7
What Do We Mean by Freshwater Invertebrates?9
Why Study Freshwater Invertebrates?10
Classification of Freshwater Invertebrates13
Fundamentals of Freshwater Ecology17
Fundamentals of Freshwater Invertebrate Biology27
How To Study Freshwater Invertebrates56
Sect. 2Identification of Different Kinds77
Identification of Different Kinds79
Sect. 3Information about Different Kinds191
Information about Different Kinds193
References on Information about Different Kinds of Freshwater Invertebrates429
Indexes431
Subject Index431
Common Names Index436
Scientific Names Index440

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