This is a comprehensive account of centipede biology providing a critical review of the work covering anatomy, behaviour, reproduction and life history, predators and parasites, physiology, ecology and taxonomy. It is an important source-book of particular value to scientists working directly with this group and to soil ecologists and those more generally interested in arthropods, arthropod affinities and their evolution. This is a book from an internationally respected scientist and includes many first-hand accounts of his own work both on temperate and tropical species.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)|
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. External morphology and functional anatomy; 3. The integument, moulting and regeneration; 4. The musculature and endoskeleton; 5. The nervous system and sense organs; 6. Sensory responses and related behaviour; 7. Endocrinology; 8. The alimentary canal; 9. The poison glands; 10. Feeding and digestion; 11. The respiratory system; 12. The circulatory system; 13. Pigments; 14. Connective tissue and fat body; 15. Head glands; 16. The Malpighian tubules and nephridia; 17. The reproductive system and reproduction; 18. Post-embryonic development and life history; 19. Epidermal glands and their function, defence and predators; 20. Parasites; 21. Physiology and ecology; 22. Taxonomy; 23. Relationships of the chilopod orders; 24. The classification of the Chilopoda; Bibliography; Index.