A GUIDE TO COMMON FRESHWATER INVERTEBRATES OF NORTH AMERICA
by J. Reese Voshell Jr.
2002, xiv+454 pages, 103 color plates, 135 b/w illustrations, charts. This guide meets the needs of the growing audience of naturalists, teachers, students, water quality personnel, anglers, and others interested in aquatic biology. It includes substantive information in non-technical language for about 100 common groups of invertebrates found in the inland waters of North America.
Section I provides background on the biology and ecology of freshwater environments and explains why and how this group of organisms can be studied, simply and without complex equipment, in the field and the laboratory.
Section II describes nearly 100 of the most common groups of invertebrates, usually at the taxonomic level of order or family. For each group, a whole-body color illustration is provided along with brief text pointing out the most important features to use to identify members of the group.
Section III contains expanded descriptions of the life histories, behavior, and ecology of the various invertebrate groups, and identifies their important ecological contributions and relationships to humans.
The guide is broad in scope, geographically and taxonomically. It contains high-quality illustrations, including more than 100 specially commissioned color plates by the well-known scientific illustrator Amy Bartlett Wright, which greatly facilitate easy and rapid identification of specimens. Softcover; 5-1/4 x 8″.
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