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The Invertebrates - a synthesis, Third Edition

Richard S K Barnes, Peter Calow, Peter J W Olive, David W Golding and John Spicer 
Blackwell Publishing  2000  



Paperback  512pp, 674 illus  ISBN 9780632047611      £50.00
  • This is the only invertebrate textbook to integrate systematics and functional approaches.
  • The molecular systematics sections have been completely updated for the new edition.
  • Strong evolutionary theme which reflects the importance of molecular techniques throughout.
  • Distills the essential characteristics of each invertebrate group and lists diagnostic features to allow comparisons between phyla. New phyla have been added for the new edition.
  • Stresses comparisons in physiology, reproduction and development.
  • Improved layout and illustration quality.

The Invertebrates is the first and only textbook to integrate both a systematic treatment of groups of animals by phylum and to adopt a functional approach to the various anatomical and physiological systems of the better-known species.

The majority of undergraduate texts in invertebrate zoology (of which there are many) fall into one of two categories. They either offer a systematic treatment of groups of animals phylum by phylum, or adopt a functional approach to the various anatomical and physiological systems of the better known species. The Invertebrates is the first and only textbook to integrate both approaches, describing the range and diversity of invertebrates and the way they work, thus meeting the modern teaching needs of the subject.

This new edition has been completely revised and updated. The molecular systematics sections have been rewritten and the book now has a strong evolutionary theme throughout, which reflects the importance of molecular techniques.

The first part of the book describes all the known phyla of invertebrates with living representatives, together with their component classes. Rather than outline all the anatomical features of different types of animals, the book distills those essential characteristics of each group with which the student should be familiar. Lists of diagnostic features permit comparison between the phyla; the diversity of body plans illustrated by line figures of different forms.

The second part concentrates on the unifying features of invertebrate functional anatomy, physiology and behavior, describing how the invertebrates display a range of solutions to the problems of living and reproduction. Throughout, form and function are presented from an evolutionary viewpoint, in the light of the selective pressures that have influenced and continue to mold invertebrates biology.

Contents

Part I: Evolutionary Introduction:

  • Introduction: Basic Approach and Principles
  • The Evolutionary History and Phylogeny of the Invertebrates

Part II: The Invertebrate Phyla:

  • Parallel Approaches to Animal Multicellularity
  • The Worms
  • The Molluscs
  • The Lophophorates
  • The Deuterostomes
  • Invertebrates with Legs: The Arthropods and Similar Groups

Part III: Invertebrate Functional Biology:

  • Feeding
  • Mechanics and Movement (Locomotion)
  • Respiration
  • Excretion Ionic and Osmotic Regulation and Buoyancy
  • Defence
  • Reproduction and Life Cycles
  • Development
  • Control Systems
  • Basic Principles Revisited

Glossary
Illustration Sources
Index

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