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Readers familiar with the first three editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp and A.P. Covich) will welcome the comprehensive revision and expansion of that trusted professional reference manual and educational textbook from a single North American tome into a developing multi-volume series covering inland water invertebrates of the world. The series entitled Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp) begins with the current Volume I: Ecology and General Biology (edited by J.H. Thorp and D.C. Rogers), which is designed as a companion volume for the remaining books in the series. Those following volumes provide taxonomic coverage for specific zoogeographic regions of the world, starting with Keys to Nearctic Fauna (Vol. II) and Keys to Palaearctic Fauna (Vol. III). Volume I maintains the ecological and general biological focus of the previous editions but now expands coverage globally in all chapters, includes more taxonomic groups (e.g., chapters on individual insect orders), and covers additional functional topics such as invasive species, economic impacts, and functional ecology. As in previous editions, the 4th edition of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates is designed for use by professionals in universities, government agencies, and private companies as well as by undergraduate and graduate students.
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The only up-to-date reference work for covering the ecology, classification, and identification of freshwater aquatic invertebrates of the world.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Invertebrates of Inland Waters 2. Overview of Inland Water Habitats 3. Collection and Culturing Techniques 4. Functional Relationships of Freshwater Invertebrates 5. Ecology of Invasive Alien Invertebrates 6. Economic Aspects of Freshwater Invertebrates 7. Free-Living Protozoa 8. Phylum Porifera 9. Phylum Cnidaria 10. Phylum Platyhelminthes 11. Phylum Nemertea 12. Phylum Gastrotricha 13. Phylum Rotifera 14. Phylum Nematoda 15. Phylum Nematomorpha 16. Phyla Ectoprocta and Entoprocta (Bryozoans) 17. Phylum Tardigrada 18. Introduction to Mollusca and the Class Gastropoda 19. Class Bivalvia 20. Introduction to Annelida and the Class Polychaeta 21. Class Clitellata: Oligochaeta 22. Class Clitellata: Branchiobdellida 23. Class Clitellata: Hirudinida and Acanthobdellida 24. Introduction to the Phylum Arthropoda 25. Subphylum Chelicerata, Class Arachnida 26. Subphylum Myriapoda, Class Diplopoda 27. Introduction to "Crustacea" 28. Class Branchiopoda 29. Class Maxillopoda 30. Class Ostracoda 31. Class Malacostraca, Superorders Peracarida and Syncarida 32. Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda 33. Hexapoda - Introduction to Insects and Collembola 34. Order Ephemeroptera 35. Order Odonata 36. Order Plecoptera 37. Order Hemiptera 38. Order Trichoptera 39. Order Coleoptera 40. Order Diptera 41. Minor Insect Orders

About the Author

Dr. James H. Thorp has been a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS, USA) and a Senior Scientist in the Kansas Biological Survey since 2001. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Prof. Thorp was a Distinguished Professor and Dean at Clarkson University, Department Chair and Professor at the University of Louisville, Associate Professor and Director of the Calder Ecology Center of Fordham University, Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell, and Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He received his Baccalaureate from the University of Kansas (KU) and both Masters and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State. Those degrees focused on zoology, ecology, and marine biology, with an emphasis on the ecology of freshwater and marine invertebrates. Dr. Thorp is currently on the editorial board of two journals (River Research and Applications and River Systems) and is a former President of the International Society for River Science. He teaches freshwater, marine, and general ecological courses at KU, and his Masters and doctoral graduate students work on various aspects of the ecology of organisms, communities, and ecosystems in rivers, reservoirs, and wetlands. Prof. Thorp's research interests and background are highly diverse and span the gamut from organismal biology to community, ecosystem, and macrosystem ecology. He works on both fundamental and applied research topics using descriptive, experimental, and modeling approaches in the field and lab. While his research emphasizes aquatic invertebrates, he also studies fish ecology, especially as related to food webs. He has published more than one hundred refereed journal articles, books, and chapters, including three single-volume editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp and A.P. Covich) and the first volume (Ecology and General Biology) in the current fourth edition. Dr. D. Christopher Rogers is a research zoologist at the University of Kansas with the Kansas Biological Survey and is affiliated with the Biodiversity Institute. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Christopher specializes in freshwater crustaceans (particularly the Branchiopoda and the Decapoda) and the invertebrate fauna of seasonally astatic wetlands on a global scale. He has numerous peer reviewed publications in crustacean taxonomy and invertebrate ecology, as well as published popular and scientific field guides and identification manuals to freshwater invertebrates. Christopher is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Crustacean Biology and a founding member of the Southwest Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists. He has been involved in aquatic invertebrate conservation efforts all over the world.


"...beautifully laid out, solidly bound, with crisp print and vibrant (mostly) high-resolution images. My recommendation is to purchase this book even if you already own the third edition, as redundancies are outweighed by new material;..." --Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada, Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates, Volume 1, Fourth Edition "...a comprehensive revision and expansion of the previous edition...I recommend it as valuable reading for everyone who needs to develop a more detailed world-wide understanding of freshwater invertebrates." --European Journal of Entomology

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