ISBN-10:
0674023439
ISBN-13:
9780674023437
Pub. Date:
02/28/2007
Publisher:
Harvard
Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones

Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones

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Overview

This is the first comprehensive treatment of a major order of arachnids featuring more than 6,000 species worldwide, familiar in North America as daddy-longlegs but known scientifically as the Opiliones, or harvestmen. The 25 authors provide a much-needed synthesis of what is currently known about these relatives of spiders, focusing on basic conceptual issues in systematics and evolutionary ecology, making comparisons with other well-studied arachnid groups, such as spiders and scorpions. Broad in scope, the volume is aimed at raising relevant questions from a diversity of fields, indicating areas in which additional research is needed. The authors focus on both the unique attributes of harvestmen biology, as well as on biological studies conducted with harvestmen species that contribute to the understanding of behavior and evolutionary biology in general. By providing a broad taxonomic and ecological background for understanding this major arachnid group, the book should give field biologists worldwide the means to identify specimens and provide an invaluable reference for understanding harvestmen diversity and biology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674023437
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Pages: 608
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha is Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Glauco Machado is an associate researcher at the University of Sau Paulo, Brazil.

Gonzalo Giribet is Associate Professor of Biology, Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Contributors

Preface

1. What are harvestmen?

2. Morphology and functional anatomy

3. Phylogeny and biogeography

4. Taxonomy

5. Paleontology

6. Cytogenetics

7. Ecology

8. Foraging and food habits

9. Natural enemies

10. Defense mechanisms

11. Social behavior

12. Reproduction

13. Development

14. Eco-physiology

15. Field and laboratory methods

References

Taxonomic Index

Subject Index

What People are Saying About This

Considering that…no single volume addressing [Opilione] biology has ever been written, this book is long overdue and will fill a notorious gap in the arachnological literature. There is no question that it will become a landmark reference, much like Weygoldt on pseudoscorpions, Polis on scorpions, and Punzo on solifuges, ultimately stimulating a resurgence in research on this diverse group of organisms.

Lorenzo Prendini

Considering that…no single volume addressing [Opilione] biology has ever been written, this book is long overdue and will fill a notorious gap in the arachnological literature. There is no question that it will become a landmark reference, much like Weygoldt on pseudoscorpions, Polis on scorpions, and Punzo on solifuges, ultimately stimulating a resurgence in research on this diverse group of organisms.
Lorenzo Prendini, Assistant Curator: Arachnids & Myriapods,
American Museum of Natural History

Jonathan A. Coddington

This will be a mandatory classic for arachnologists, zoologists, and general biologists.
Jonathan A. Coddington, Smithsonian Institution

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