Invertebrates is a complete, trusted, and engaging textbook whose comprehensive coverage makes it an invaluable resource for both undergraduate and graduate courses and professional researchers. The 3rd edition has been widely praised for its detailed classifications, high-quality illustrations, and coverage of contemporary debates in the field. The 4th edition continues to feature recent scholarship and current perspectives while streamlining the text to improve accessibility for intro-level students. Gonzalo Giribet joins as coauthor, contributing his phylogenomic expertise as an Evolutionary Biologist and Phylogeneticist, and Director of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Systematics, Phylogeny, and Classification
Chapter 3. Introduction to the Animal Kingdom: Animal Architecture and Body Plans
Chapter 4. Introduction to the Animal Kingdom: Development, Life Histories, and Origin
Chapter 5. Phylum Porifera: The Sponges
Chapter 6. Two Enigmatic Phyla: Placozoa and Ctenophora (The Comb Jellies)
Chapter 7. Phylum Cnidaria: Anemones, Corals, Jellyfish, and Their Kin
Chapter 8. A Brief introduction to the Bilateria and Its Major Clades
Chapter 9. Phylum Xenacoelomorpha. Basal Bilaterians
Chapter 10. Protostomia, Spiralia, and the Phylum Dicyemida
Chapter 11. Gnathifera. The Phyla Gnathostomulida, Rotifera (including Acanthocephala), Micrognathozoa, and Chaetognatha
Chapter 12. Platytrochozoa and Two Enigmatic Phyla: Entoprocta and Cycliophora
Chapter 13. Introduction to the Lophotrochozoa, and the Phylum Mollusca
Chapter 14. Phylum Nemertea: The Ribbon Worms
Chapter 15. Phylum Annelida. The Segmented (and Some Unsegmented) Worms
Chapter 16. The Lophophorata: Phyla Phoronida, Bryozoa, and Brachiopoda
Chapter 17. Rouphozoa: The Phyla Platyhelminthes (Flatworms) and Gastrotricha (Hairy-Bellied Worms)
Chapter 18. Introduction to Ecdysozoa: Scalidophora (Phyla Kinorhyncha, Priapula, Loricifera)
Chapter 19. Nematoida: Phyla Nematoda and Nematomorpha
Chapter 20. Panarthropoda and the Emergence of the Arthropods. Tardigrades, Onychophorans, and the Arthropod Body Plan
Chapter 21. Phylum Arthropoda. Subphylum Crustacea: Crabs, Shrimps, and Their Kin
Chapter 22. Phylum Arthropoda. Hexapoda: Insects and Their Kin
Chapter 23. Phylum Arthropoda. Subphylum Myriapoda: Centipedes, Millipedes, and Their Kin
Chapter 24. Phylum Arthropoda. The Chelicerata
Chapter 25. Introduction to Deuterostomia, and the Phylum Hemichordata
Chapter 26. The Phylum Echinodermata
Chapter 27. Phylum Chordata: Cephalochordata and Urochordata
Chapter 28. Perspectives on Invertebrate Phylogeny
Richard C. Brusca, PhD, University of Arizona, is Executive Director Emeritus of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and a Research Scientist in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona. Dr Brusca is the author of over 200 research publications and 15 books, and the recipient of more than 100 research grants from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the National Geographic Society, and many others. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Linnean Society of London, and the California Academy of Sciences. His research interests include invertebrate zoology, the natural history of the Sonoran Desert and Gulf of California, and the ecology of Arizona's Madrean Sky Islands.
Gonzalo Giribet, PhD, University of Barcelona, is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Curator of Invertebrates and Director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard, and a Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. In addition, he holds a Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Copenhagen, and he is an Honorary Research Fellow at The Natural History Museum, London, a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and a 2016 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He has published more than 400 scientific articles and book chapters and has named more than 100 new species, genera, and families of invertebrates. His research is broadly interested in the origins and maintenance of animal diversity, which he explores through studying the evolution, systematics, and biogeography of invertebrate animals.
Wendy Moore, PhD, University of Arizona, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona and Curator of the University of Arizona Insect Collection. Her long-term research interest is the evolution of diversity, particularly of invertebrates and especially of insects. She is a systematist who uses molecular-based phylogenetics to understand the evolution of morphology and how biotic, climatic, and tectonic events may have influenced the timing and patterns of diversification. She is also committed to natural history collections care and enhancement, and the use of bioinformatics to make collections-based data widely available to diverse user communities.
"Brusca is an excellent reference text that will fill you in on material, providing you a feeling of having had a solid introduction to the clade in question. It is also now the most up to date text, which is important with the changes in taxonomy."
– Derek Rosenberger, Olivet Nazarene University
"Brusca is the 21st century's authoritative reference on invertebrate zoology. The most compelling feature is its comprehensiveness. It is the book that I turn to when I need to review basic biology or systematics of invertebrates."
– Steve Dudgeon, California State University Northridge
"[Brusca has] the highest quality figures of any texts on the subject."
– Lynne Fieber, University of Miami