- Jill Lancaster and Barbara J. Downes.
- 1st ed.
- Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Physical description
- x, 285 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Biology Library (Falconer)
|QL472 .L36 2013||Unknown|
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -274) and index.
- PART 1 - INTRODUCTION TO AQUATIC INSECTS -- 1. Insect body structure and the aquatic insect orders -- 2. Evolution, biogeography, and aquatic insect distributions -- PART 2 - ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS ON DISTRIBUTION -- 3. Gas exchange -- 4. Physico-chemical gradients and extremes -- 5. The biomechanics of living in and on water -- PART 3 - SENSORY SYSTEMS, MOVEMENT, AND DISPERSAL -- 6. Sensory systems - photoreception -- 7. Sensory systems - mechano- and chemoreception -- 8. Locomotion in and on water -- 9. Dispersal in the terrestrial environment -- PART 4 - POPULATION DYNAMICS AND POPULATION PERSISTENCE -- 10. Reproduction and mating behaviour -- 11. Oviposition and eggs -- 12. Development -- PART 5 - TROPHIC RELATIONSHIPS -- 13. Feeding devices and foraging strategies -- 14. Diet, digestion, and defecation -- References.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199573226 20160612
- Publisher's Summary
- Aquatic insects are the dominant invertebrate fauna in most freshwater ecosystems, and figure prominently in the work of a diverse range of researchers, students, and environmental managers. Often employed as indicators of ecosystem health, aquatic insects are also commonly used as model systems to test hypotheses in ecological topics including metapopulation and metacommunity dynamics, recruitment limitation, trophic interactions, and trophic networks. Due to their complex life cycles, aquatic insects must master both terrestrial and aquatic environments, crossing these ecosystem boundaries during different stages of development and reproduction. In this wide-ranging text, life under and on top of the water surface are covered in unusual detail, including the biomechanics of life in water, locomotion underwater and on surface films, gas exchange, physico-chemical stressors, feeding, sensory perception and communication, reproduction, egg-laying and development, and the evolution of aquatic habits. The threatened status of freshwaters around the world, coupled with an expanding population of researchers and managers charged with their well-being, signals the importance of such a book as many individuals seek to understand how insects function in these often challenging physical environments. Interest in freshwaters may never have been higher with ever-increasing conflict between water allocation for human (agricultural) use and conservation. Aquatic Entomology is suitable for graduate students, researchers, and managers interested in the subject from a perspective of either basic or applied ecology. It will also be a valuable supplementary text for courses in limnology or freshwater ecology, entomology, and water resource management.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780199573226 20160612
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