INVERTEBRATES, Third Edition
by Richard C. Brusca, Wendy Moore & Stephen M. Shuster
2016, 1,100 pp., 450+ illustrations. In the 13 years since publication of the second edition, fundamental shifts have occurred in our understanding of the origins and evolutionary relationships among protists and animals. These changes are largely due to the explosion of molecular phylogenetics and evo-devo research, emergence of the new field of animal genomics, major fossil discoveries in China, Australia, and elsewhere, and important new embryological and ultrastructural studies. As a result:
New phyla have been described (e.g., Micrognathozoa, Xenacoelomorpha).
Old phyla have been collapsed into others (e.g., Sipuncula and Echiura are now placed within Annelida; acanthocephalans are now
known to be highly modified, parasitic rotifers).
Phyla once thought to be deuterostomes are now part of the protostome clade (e.g., Chaetognatha, Phoronida, Bryozoa, Brachiopoda).
The Protostomia has been reorganized into two major clades known as Ecdysozoa and Spiralia.
For each of the 32 currently recognized phyla, the book presents detailed classifications, revised taxonomic synopses, updated information on general biology and anatomy, and current phylogenetic hypotheses, organized with boxes and tables, and illustrated with abundant line drawings and new color photos. The chapters are organized around the new animal phylogeny, while introductory chapters provide basic background information on the general biology of invertebrates.
Two new coauthors have been added to the writing team, and 22 additional invertebrate zoologists have contributed to chapter revisions. This benchmark volume on our modern views of invertebrate biology will be a valuable resource in every zoologists library. Hardcover; 8-3/4 x 11-1/2″.
About the Authors –
Richard C. Brusca is Executive Director, Emeritus, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and a Research Scientist at the University of Arizona. Rick is the author of nearly 200 research publications and 13 books, including popular field guides. He has been the recipient of more than 100 research grants from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, the National Geographic Society, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and many other agencies and foundations. Rick has also served on many environmental non-profit boards, in the U.S. and abroad, and he has organized and conducted field expeditions throughout the world, on every continent. He is an elected Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Linnean Society of London (FLS), and the California Academy of Sciences.
Wendy Moore is Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at the University of Arizona and Curator of the University of Arizona Insect Collection. Dr. Moores long-term research interest is the evolution of biotic diversity especially the evolution of symbiotic lifestyles and how major biotic, climatic, and tectonic events may have influenced the timing and patterns of diversification. Much of her current research is on the carabid beetle subfamily Paussinae, many species of which are obligate symbionts with ants. She is also deeply committed to collections care and enhancement, and the use of bioinformatics to make collections-based data widely available to diverse user communities.
Stephen M. Shuster is Professor of Invertebrate Zoology and Curator of Marine Invertebrates and Molluscs at Northern Arizona University. He is the author or coauthor of over 75 journal articles, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, and contributed book chapters. Dr. Shuster’s research broadly concerns mating system evolution, male and female reproductive behavior, community and ecosystem genetics, and the population biology of marine organisms. His recent work focuses on the measurement of selection within and among species, and the maintenance of genetic variation in natural populations of marine crustaceans and terrestrial arthropods.
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