Though many are harmless and even beneficial, invertebrates are some of the world's most feared and dangerous creatures.
Guide to Venomous and Medically Important Invertebrates describes the health threats posed by invertebrate groups worldwide, from physical pain and annoyance to disease transmission risk. Featuring clear photographs, distribution maps and descriptions of biological, physical and behavioural characteristics of key groups, this book aids identification of potentially harmful invertebrates. It also summarises personal protection measures to reduce the risk of attack and disease, and provides guidance on treatment.
This book will help to protect the health of travellers and serve as a reference for medical personnel working in high-risk areas, as well as those interested in entomology.
About the authors
Personal protection measures
Mites and chiggers
Centipedes and millipedes
Ants, bees, wasps and hornets
Web-based sources of hazardous invertebrate references and information
Doctors David Bowles, James Swaby and Harold Harlan are retired United States military medical entomologists. They have more than 90 years' collective experience working with and publishing on venomous and medically important invertebrates from around the world.
"With such terrific images, useful distribution maps, and a writing style that is easily digestible, Guide to Venomous and Medically Important Invertebrates will prove to be a useful reference for many years to come."
– Stephen Doggett, FOAPMA Newsletter, January 2019