The Insects: Structure and Function / Edition 4

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Overview

Unlike other texts, The Insects does not dwell on classification, but takes an in-depth look at insect form and function and provides all biologists with a basic understanding of how insects work. This is a completely rewritten and long-awaited update of a well established text and respected reference work for students and researchers in zoology, entomology and physiology. Improved illustrations have been augmented with electron micrographs, and expanded reference sections will make it a valuable addition to all biologist's bookshelves.
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Editorial Reviews

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"If you want to understand how the natural world works, you need to know about insects - the most successful and important multi-cellular organisms on our planet. The key to that understanding is now in your hands. Extensively revised and updated, this is a quite extraordinary book and effectively summarizes everything you need to know about insects.
Authoritative yet accessible, The Insects: Structure and Function is the clearest and most comprehensive guide ever written on the workings of insects.”
George McGavin, Honorary Research Associate, University Museum of Natural History and Department of Zoology, Oxford University

"This new edition of The Insects: Structure and Function fascinates the reader with details on the morphology, processes and mechanisms which allow insects to burgeon on Earth. The tradition of excellence established by Chapman has been perpetuated. Thoroughly modernized and comprehensive, the revision captures the excitement of recent major advances in understanding."
Peter W. Price, Regents' Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521578905
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 788
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

R. F. Chapman (1930–2003) was an eminent insect physiologist and Professor in the Division of Neurobiology at the University of Arizona. His first four editions of The Insects have formed the standard text in the field for more than forty years.

Stephen J. Simpson is ARC Laureate Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences and Academic Director of the Perkins Centre for the study of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease at the University of Sydney. His core research aims are to understand swarming in locusts and to devise a new framework for studying nutrition. In 2012 he was awarded the Wigglesworth Medal from the Royal Entomological Society of London.

Angela E. Douglas is Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology at Cornell University, New York. Her research and teaching is motivated by the mechanisms underlying insect function and her core research interests are the overlapping topics of insect nutrition and interactions between insects and beneficial microorganisms. She is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Pt. I The Head, Ingestion, Utilization and Distribution of Food
1 Head 3
2 Mouthparts and feeding 12
3 Alimentary canal, digestion and absorption 38
4 Nutrition 69
5 Circulatory system, blood and immune systems 94
6 Fat body 132
Pt. II The Thorax and Locomotion
7 Thorax 145
8 Legs and locomotion 151
9 Wings and flight 185
10 Muscles 229
Pt. III The Abdomen, Reproduction and Development
11 Abdomen 259
12 Reproductive system: male 268
13 Reproductive system: female 295
14 The egg and embryology 325
15 Postembryonic development 363
Pt. IV The Integument, Gas Exchange and Homeostasis
16 Integument 415
17 Gaseous exchange 441
18 Excretion and salt and water regulation 478
19 Thermal relations 509
Pt. V Communication
20 Nervous system 533
21 Endocrine system 570
22 Vision 587
23 Mechanoreception 610
24 Chemoreception 636
25 Visual signals: color and light production 657
26 Mechanical communication: producing sound and substrate vibrations 680
27 Chemical communication: pheromones and chemicals with interspecific significance 704
Taxonomic index 741
Subject index 749
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