Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America

ISBN-10: 0939923874
ISBN-13: 9780939923878
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: McDonald & Woodward Publishing Company, The
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 442
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Popular interest in the observation and study of freshwater invertebrates is increasing. This book meets the needs of this growing audience of naturalists, environmentalists, anglers, teachers, students, and others by providing substantive information in easy-to-understand, non-technical language for many groups of invertebrates commonly found in the streams, lakes, ponds, and other freshwater environments of North America. Section One provides background information on the biology and ecology of freshwater organisms and environments and explains why and how invertebrates can be studied, simply and without complex equipment, in the field and the laboratory. Section Two describes nearly 100 of the most common groups of invertebrates, and for each group a whole-body colour illustration is provided along with brief text pointing out the most important features that identify members of the group. Section Three contains in-depth descriptions of the life history, behaviour, and ecology of the various invertebrate groups, and explains their important ecological contributions and relationships to humans. The Guide is broad in scope, geographically and taxonomically, and it is written at a substantive yet easily accessible level that will appeal to both novices and those with more advanced knowledge of the subject. It also contains more than 100 specially commissioned colour illustrations by the well-known scientific illustrator Amy Bartlett Wright that will greatly facilitate the easy and rapid identification of specimens.

Dr J Reese Voshell has taught in the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech since 1976. He has received numerous research grants to study the effects of pollution and environmental stress on freshwater invertebrates, and has been named to the university's Academy of Teaching Excellence. His 30 years of teaching, outreach, and research have convinced him that people of all ages, educational backgrounds, and personal interests can become fascinated with freshwater invertebrates.

Amy Bartlett Wright is a Rhode Island illustrator of nature books. She has contributed to the Peterson Field Guide series and her illustrations have been exhibited at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center.

Acknowledgments
Purpose
How to Use This Book
Introduction
What Do We Mean By Freshwater Invertebrates?
Why Study Freshwater Invertebrates?
Classification of Freshwater Invertebrates
Fundamentals of Freshwater Ecology
Fundamentals of Freshwater Invertebrate Biology
How To Study Freshwater Invertebrates
Identification of Different Kinds
Identification of Different Kinds
QuickGuide to Major Groups of Freshwater Invertebrates
Flatworms
Leeches
Aquatic Earthworms
Snails
Mussels, Clams
Water Mites
Crustaceans
True Bugs
Water Beetles - Adults
Dragonflies, Damselflies
Stoneflies
Mayflies
Dobsonflies, Fishflies, Hellgrammites, Alderflies
Caddisflies
Water Beetles - Larvae
True Flies
References on Identification of Different Kinds of Freshwater Invertebrates
Information about Different Kinds
Information about Different Kinds
Flatworms
Segmented Worms
Aquatic Earthworms
Leeches
Mollusks
Snails
Mussels, Clams
Arthropods
Water Mites
Crustaceans
Aquatic Sow Bugs
Scuds, Sideswimmers
Decapods
Aquatic Insects
Mayflies
Dragonflies, Damselflies
Stoneflies
True Bugs
Dobsonflies, Fishflies, Hellgrammites, Alderflies
Water Beetles
Caddisflies
True Flies
References on Information about Different Kinds of Freshwater Invertebrates
Indexes
Subject Index
Common Names Index
Scientific Names Index

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