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Aquatic Entomology


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Table of Contents

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

About the Author

Jill Lancaster is a freshwater ecologist with a long-standing interest in aquatic insects. She received her PhD from the University of London, and held academic positions at the University of Edinburgh and Monash University, until becoming semi-retired and an honorary Principal Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In general, Lancaster's research uses freshwater systems and aquatic invertebrates to empirically test ideas in population and community
ecology. An over-arching theme lies in understanding how interactions between the physical environment and biological processes influence ecological systems. She has published many peer-reviewed papers in
international journals and held editorial positions for several journals. Barbara Downes is an aquatic ecologist who has worked in a wide range of different ecosystems including lowland rivers, upland streams, wetlands, and intertidal and subtidal rocky reefs. She received her PhD from Florida State University in 1988 and, after several postdoctoral fellowships, joined the University of Melbourne in 1995, where she has remained ever since. Her research seeks to understand factors that limit
population numbers and that maintain species diversity in freshwater systems. Her interest in insects springs from a fascination with species having complex life cycles that span both freshwater and
terrestrial environments. She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and two books and has served as an editor for several international journals.


This is the most comprehensive publication on aquatic entomology to date, covering all the facets of aquatic insect development. Generally, it is an excellent publication that will be invaluable to both aquatic and terrestrial ecologists...It brings together a wealth of information from a diverse range of sources,including journals that are difficult to access, has sufficient detail for post-graduate research, but will also be useful for undergraduate students and a general audience, with clear and well-illustrated explanations of complex concepts.
*Anne Watson, Austral Ecology*

The book is well written, and its different parts and chapters are well connected using references ... this book, in my opinion, will meet the broad audience anticipated by the authors.
*Helena Shaverdo, The Quarterly Review of Biology*

the book represents a high quality overview of aquatic entomology ... It will please and provide help not only to students of aquatic insects and entomologists angaged in research on this topic but is a suitable textbook for courses in freshwater entomology, biology of aquatic invertebrates/organisms and a supplementary textbook for courses on freshwater ecology, hydrobiology, limnology and conservation of water biota.
*M Papacek, European Journal of Entomology*

Researchers, as well as students in entomology with a special interest in aquatic insects have got a handbook on the biology of these species with nearly no wishes left open
*Bulletin of Fish Biology*

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