Blackwell, 2006, Hardcover, Book Condition: Good, Third
This established and popular textbook is the definitive guide to the study of insects - a group of animals that represent over half of the planet's biological diversity. In this new, third edition the authors maintain the clear, concise approach of the previous editions, examining all aspects of insect biology. In addition to updating the whole text with the latest research, the third edition features: a new chapter on the methods and results of studies of insect phylogeny; a new review of insect evolution and biogeography; strategies in insect conservation, covered for the first time, reflecting the increasing threat to natural ecosystems from introduced species and environmental changes; and a review of the Mantophasmatodea - the first new order of insects described for many decades. Written in an accessible and stimulating style, the book includes boxes highlighting key themes, suggestions for further reading, and is extensively illustrated with specially commissioned drawings and color plates. This book is the ideal principal text for students taking courses in entomology and for wider degree courses in which the study of insects is important, such as ecology, agriculture, fisheries and forestry, paleontology, zoology, and medical and veterinary science. List Of Color Plates.List Of Boxes.Acknowledgments For Vignettes.Prefaces.1. The Importance And Diversity Of Insects:.What Is Entomology?.The Importance Of Insects.Insect Biodiversity.Insects In Popular Culture And Commerce.Insects As Food.Insect Conservation.2. External Anatomy:.The Cuticle.Segmentation And Tagmosis.The Head.The Thorax.The Abdomen.3. Internal Anatomy And Physiology:.Muscles And Locomotion.The Nervous System And Co-Ordination.The Endocrine System And The Function Of Hormones.The Circulatory System.The Tracheal System And Gas Exchange.The Gut, Digestion And Nutrition.The Excretory System And Waste Disposal.Reproductive Organs.4. Sensory Systems And Behavior:.Mechanical Stimuli.Thermal Stimuli.Chemical Stimuli.Insect Vision.Insect Behavior.5. Reproduction:.Bringing The Sexes Together.Courtship.Sexual Selection.Copulation.Diversity In Genitalic Morphology.Sperm Storage, Fertilization And Sex Determination.Sperm Competition.Oviparity (Egg-Laying).Ovoviviparity And Viviparity.Atypical Modes Of Reproduction.Physiological Control Of Reproduction.6. Insect Development And Life Histories:.Growth.Life-History Patterns And Phases.Process And Control Of Molting.Voltinism.Diapause.Dealing Wit All pictures shown are of the actual product offered for sale Size: 250mm - 320mm . 505 pages. Covers have some shelf-wear, as well as some bumping to corners and extremities. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1-2 kilos. Category: Science & Technology; Reference. ISBN: 1405111135. ISBN/EAN: 9781405111133. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 19973.