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Animals of the Surface Film

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Series: Naturalists' Handbooks Volume: 12
By: Marjorie Guthrie(Author), Peter Joseph Hayward(Illustrator)
91 pages, 4 plates with colour illustrations; 33 b/w illustrations
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About this book

Reprint of this handbook, originally published in 1989.

A calm water surface on any freshwater habitat can support a community of animals and plants of great interest. Some live above the water but in regular contact with it, and others hang down from the surface. This handbook deals with the smaller invertebrate animals of this surface community. Among these are springtails, pondskaters, water boatmen, water beetles and water spiders, as well as protozoa, rotifers and tiny crustaceans.

After giving a brief introduction to the surface forces that are so important to these animals, the book describes the natural history of the main groups of animals in this community, drawing attention to topics on which further investigation is needed. Consideration is given to the problem of pollution by oil and by detergent. Keys are given for the identification of surface-dwelling animals, either to the major group or, where possible, to the species. Methods of keeping and studying the animals are described.

Contents

Introduction
The nature of surface forces
How animals exploit surface forces
The surface community
Pollution
Identification:
      I Animals found at the water surface
      II Insects
            IIA Springtails
            IIB Water bugs
            IIC Adult water beetles
            IID Families of adult flies of neustonic habits
            IIE Fly larvae
            IIF Fly pupae
      III Microscopic Crustacea
      IV Spiders and mites
      V Protozoa
Guide to some rotifers
Techniques and approaches to original work.
Some useful addresses; References and further reading.

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Biography

Marjorie Guthrie was brought up in Liverpool and went to Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating in 1948. She returned to Liverpool for her PhD, for which she recorded the protozoans of salt marshes. Appointed as a lecturer in the zoology department at Leicester University, Marjorie balanced a heavy teaching load on subjects from physiology to palaeontology with continuing her ecological research at the Ferry House laboratory of the Freshwater Biological Association on Lake Windermere. She retired to the Lake District, where she wrote Animals of the Surface Film (1989). She and her husband Simon would set off with waders and collecting pots to sample remote ponds in search of water boatmen or the endangered medicinal leech. Her conservation work as a volunteer for the Cumbria Wildlife Trust was recognised in 2013 with the award of a Badger's Paw. She died in that year.

Peter Hayward began his career as a scientific assistant at the Natural History Museum, where he was introduced to his lifelong specialism, marine bryzoa or sea-mats. He read zoology with geology at Reading University, thence to University of Wales, Swansea as research student, gaining PhD in population biology and taxonomy of sea-mats. He is now a senior lecturer at the university, and authority on bryzoa worldwide from Antarctic to coral reefs. Author with Professor John Ryland of four volumes on marine bryzoa in Linnaean Society Synopses series. Co-ordinator of the popular Collins Pocket Guide to the Seashore, co-editor and contributor to the Handbook of the Marine Fauna of north-west Europe (1995), as well as the Naturalists' Handbooks on seaweed and sandy shore habitats. Zoological editor of Journal of Natural History.

Field / Identification Guide Identification Key New
Series: Naturalists' Handbooks Volume: 12
By: Marjorie Guthrie(Author), Peter Joseph Hayward(Illustrator)
91 pages, 4 plates with colour illustrations; 33 b/w illustrations
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