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Ecology, Systematics, and the Natural History of Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae)

First such reference that covers all aspects of natural history and systematics of Diving Beetles
This book will have cross-system appeal, as anyone working with food webs of freshwater systems (e.g., ponds, lakes, streams) will benefit from an overview of the current knowledge of dytiscids
This volume also will appeal to those working on aquatic beetles, aquatic predators, and beetles and predation in general
Includes color photographs

By: Donald Yee (Editor)

479 pages, 96 colour & 40 b/w illustrations, 9 tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Sep 2014 | #215738 | ISBN-13: 9789401791083
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About this book

Predaceous diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) constitute one of the largest families of freshwater insects (~ 4200 species). Although dytiscid adults and larvae are ubiquitous throughout a variety of aquatic habitats and are significant predators on other aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates, there are no compilations that have focused on summarizing the knowledge of their ecology, systematics, and biology. Such knowledge would benefit anyone working in aquatic systems where dytiscids are an important part of the food web. Moreover, Ecology, Systematics, and the Natural History of Predaceous Diving Beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) will allow a greater appreciation of dytiscids as model organisms for investigations of fundamental principles derived from ecological and evolutionary theory. Contributed chapters are by authors who are actively engaged in studying dytiscids and each chapter offers a synthesis of the current knowledge of a variety of topics and will provide future directions for research.


Contents

- Introduction
- Donald Yee, University of Southern Mississippi, USAAn overview and summary of dytiscids, including historical and contemporary views
- Systematics of adult dytiscids
- Kelly Miller, University of New Mexico, USA and Johannes Bergsten, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden
The chapter will present the most comprehensive phylogenetic analysis of the family to date with nearly 200 included species with nine genes and morphology analyzed. A revised classification is presented based on the phylogenetic history of the family

- Systematics of larval dytiscids
- Yves Alarie, Laurentian University, Canada
The chapter would aim at providing for the first time a synthesis of the chaetotaxic pattern observed for the family Dytiscidae and will contribute towards the reconstruction of the larval ground plan of the family

- Reproduction and sexual conflict
- Johannes Bergsten, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Sweden
This chapter will cover aspects of general reproductive anatomy, including copulatory structures as well as reconstruction of the evolution of these structures onto a phylogenetic framework that have showed remarkable antagonistic coevolutionary arms races of grasping and anti-grasping weaponry

- Anatomy and Physiology
- Siegfried Kehl, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Topics covered in this chapter will include internal anatomy and function, nervous system, sense organs, and respiration, including unique systems to cope with life in aquatic habitats

- Chemical ecology
- Konrad Dettner, University of Bayreuth, Germany
An overview of the chemical ecology of dytiscids, including exocrine glands, defense/allomones, pygidial and prothoracic glands, steroid transformations, and pheromones and kairomones

- Communities Steve Vamosi, University of Calgary, Canada
- Bianca Wohlfahrt, University of Calgary, Canada
This chapter will review 40 years of "classic" (i.e., non-phylogenetic) studies of community patterns in dytiscids, focusing primarily on the Nearctic and Holarctic regions. An overview of methods used for analyzing phylogenetic community structure will be included

- Predation: effects on prey
- Lauren Culler, Dartmouth College, USA and Shin-ya Ohba, Kyoto University, Japan
Here we review and discuss effects of dytiscid predation on prey. Topics will include consumptive effects of dytiscid larvae and adults, and non-consumptive effects on prey, environmental constraints on consumptive and non-consumptive effects, and applied aspects of dytiscid consumption of vector and nuisance prey species

- Predation: effects on dytiscids including intraguild predation
- Patrick Crumrine, Rowan University, USA and Donald Yee, University of Southern Mississippi, USA
The chapter will cover effects of dytiscids on themselves, and how dytiscids affect and interact with other predators in aquatic food webs. We will also summarize the topic of intraguild predation in aquatic food webs

- Habitats
- Margherita Gioria, University College Dublin, Ireland
A description of the habitat types and environmental parameters that predict dytiscid community composition will be covered. This chapter will also detail the variety of habitat types where dytiscids can be found

- Dispersal
- David Bilton, University of Plymouth, England
A review of the dispersal biology of diving beetles, with a focus on the mechanisms, causes and consequences of dispersal, as well as the evolution of the trait, and cases where dispersal ability has been lost/reduced. In addition the review will explore proximate causes of dispersal, including environmental triggers which elicit emigration from individual localities

- Conservation
- Garth Foster, Emeritus Professor, SAC, The Aquatic Coleoptera Conservation Trust David Bilton, England
A critical review of dytiscid conservation, focusing on issues related to urbanization, agriculture, other anthropogenic effects, and the status of many endangered or Red list species


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Biography

Although his primary research focus involves medically important container mosquitoes, Donald Yee is broadly a community ecologist who has a strong, broad background in invertebrates and aquatic habitats. He has focused most of his research efforts on mosquitoes, in part because this group provides an excellent model system to explore topics across many levels of ecological organization, from individuals, to population, to communities. His specific interests lie in examining how individual species traits, such as feeding behavior, habitat selection, dispersal and oviposition decisions affect species interactions and in linking how the outcomes of these interactions affect patterns of species diversity and invasion success. This work has important implications for public health, as findings of his work can offer insights into the factors that control the distributions of medically important mosquitoes.

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