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Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America

Field / Identification Guide

By: James H Thorp(Editor), D Christopher Rogers(Editor)

274 pages, 362 colour photos

Academic Press

Paperback | Nov 2010 | #187803 | ISBN-13: 9780123814265
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The Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America focuses on freshwater invertebrates that can be identified using at most an inexpensive magnifying glass. This guide will be useful not only to researchers and students in aquatic biology, but also to anglers who use identification of invertebrates to identify fertile fishing areas. Color photographs and art, as well as the broad geographic coverage, set this guide apart. Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America features 362 color photographs and detailed descriptions aid in the identification of species. Introductory chapters instruct reader on how to use book, different inland water habitats and basic ecological relationships of freshwater invertebrates. Its broad taxonomic coverage is more comprehensive than any guide currently available.

"For anyone interested in the freshwater animals of North America."
- The Guardian's Punctuated Equilibrium

"The strength of this text lies in the narratives describing the form, function, ecology, and collection methods associated with each major group. Consequently, the book is more of a primer or an introduction to freshwater invertebrates, than a field guide. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers."
- Choice, September 2011, Vol. 49, No. 01


Chapter 01 Using This Book Effectively
Chapter 02 General Techniques for Collecting and Identification
Chapter 03 The Nature of Inland Water Habitats
Chapter 04 A Primer on Ecological Relationships Among Freshwater Invertebrates
Chapter 05 Sponges: Phylum Porifera
Chapter 06 Hydra and Jellyfish: Phylum Cnidaria
Chapter 07 Flatworms: Phylum Platyhelminthes, Class Turbellaria
Chapter 08 Hairworms: Phylum Nematomorpha
Chapter 09 Snails: Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda
Chapter 10 Mussels and Clams: Phylum Mollusca, Class Bivalvia
Chapter 11 Aquatic Segmented Worms and Leeches: Phylum Annelida
Chapter 12 Moss Animals: Phylum Ectoprocta, or Bryozoa
Chapter 13 Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates in the Phylum Arthropoda
Chapter 14 Mites and Spiders: Subphylum Chelicerata, Class Arachnida
Chapter 15 Fairy Shrimp, Tadpole Shrimp, Clam Shrimp, and Water Fleas: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Branchiopoda
Chapter 16 Copepods, Fish Lice, and Seed Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Classes Maxillopoda and Ostracoda
Chapter 17 Aquatic Sow Bugs, Scuds, and Opossum Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Superorder Peracarida
Chapter 18 Crayfish, Crabs, and Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda
Chapter 19 Introduction to Insects and Their Near Relatives: Subphylum Hexapoda
Chapter 20 Mayflies: Insect Order Ephemeroptera
Chapter 21 Dragonflies and Damselflies: Insect Order Odonata
Chapter 22 Stoneflies: Insect Order Plecoptera
Chapter 23 True Bugs: Insect Order Hemiptera
Chapter 24 Hellgrammites, Spongillaflies, Caterpillars, and Others: Minor Aquatic Insect Orders
Chapter 25 Caddisflies: Insect Order Trichoptera
Chapter 26 Beetles: Insect Order Coleoptera
Chapter 27 Midges, Mosquitoes, Blackflies, and Other True Flies: Insect Order Diptera

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