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Dragonflies and Damselflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research

Edited By: Alex Cordoba-Aguilar

290 pages, Figs, tabs

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2009 | #180782 | ISBN-13: 9780199567584
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About this book

&i;Dragonflies and Damselflies&o; documents the latest advances in odonate biology and relates these to a broader ecological and evolutionary research agenda. Despite being one of the smallest insect orders, dragonflies offer a number of advantages for both laboratory and field studies. In fact, they have been crucial to the advancement of our understanding of insect ecology and evolution. This book provides a critical summary of the major advances in these fields. Contributions from many of the leading researchers in dragonfly biology offer new perspectives and paradigms as well as additional, unpublished, data. The editor has carefully assembled a mix of theoretical and applied chapters (including those addressing conservation and monitoring) and achieves a balance of emerging and established research topics, providing suggestions for future study in each case.

This accessible text is not about dragonflies per se but an essential source of knowledge that describes how different sets of evolutionary and ecological principles/ideas have been tested on a particular taxon. It will therefore be suitable for graduate students and researchers in entomology, evolutionary biology, population and behavioural ecology, and conservation biology. It will of course be of particular interest and use to those working on insects and an indispensable reference text for odonate biologists.


Foreward by Phillip Corbet
Chapter 1 Introduction by Alex Cordoba-Aguilar
Studies in Ecology
Chapter 2 Mark-recapture studies and demography by Adolfo Cordero-Rivera & Robby Stoks
Chapter 3 Structure and dynamics of odonate communities: accessing habitat, responding to risk, and enabling reproduction by Patrick W.
Crumrine, Paul V. Switzer & Philip H. Crowley
Chapter 4 Life history plasticity under time stress in damselfly larvae by Robby Stoks, Frank Johansson & Marjan De Block
Chapter 5 Ecological factors limiting the distributions and abundances of Odonata by Mark A. McPeek
Chapter 6 Migration in Odonata: A case study of Anax junius by Michael L. May & John H. Matthews
Chapter 7 Dragonflies in the assessment and the monitoring of aquatic habitats by Beat Oertli
Chapter 8 Dragonflies as focal organisms in contemporary conservation biology by Michael J. Samways
Chapter 9 Valuing dragonflies as service providers by John P. Simaika & Michael J. Samways
Studies in Evolution
Chapter 10 Evolution of morphological defences by Frank Johansson & Dirk Johannes Mikolajewski
Chapter 11 Interspecific interactions and premating reproductive isolation by Katja Tynkkynen, Janne S. Kotiaho & Erik I. Svensson
Chapter 12 Lifetime reproductive success and sexual selection theory by Walter D. Koenig
Chapter 13 Fitness landscapes, mortality schedules, and mating systems by Bradley R. Anholt
Chapter 14 Testing hypotheses about parasite-mediated selection using odonate hosts by Mark R. Forbes & Tonia Robb
Chapter 15 Cryptic female choice and sexual conflict by Alex Cordoba-Aguila & Adolfo Cordero-Rivera
Chapter 16 Territoriality in Odonates by Jukka Suhonen, Markus J. Rantala & Johanna Honkavaara
Chapter 17 The evolution of sex-limited colour polymorphisms by Hans Van Gossum, Tom Sherratt & Adolfo Cordero
Chapter 18 Sexual size dimorphism: patterns and processes by M. Alejandro Serrano-Meneses, Alex Cordoba-Aguila & Tams Szekely
Chapter 19 Dragonfly flight performance: a model system for biomechanics, physiological genetics, and animal competitive behavior by James H.
Chapter 20 Evolution, diversification and mechanics of dragonfly wings by R.J. Wootton & David J. S. Newman
l Appendices
l Index

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