Aquatic Entomology

Paperback | June 26, 2013

byJill Lancaster, Barbara J. Downes

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Aquatic insects are the dominant invertebrate fauna in most freshwater ecosystems, and figure prominently in the work of a diverse range of researchers, students, and environmental managers. Often employed as indicators of ecosystem health, aquatic insects are also commonly used as modelsystems to test hypotheses in ecological topics including metapopulation and metacommunity dynamics, recruitment limitation, trophic interactions, and trophic networks. Due to their complex life cycles, aquatic insects must master both terrestrial and aquatic environments, crossing these ecosystemboundaries during different stages of development and reproduction. In this wide-ranging text, life under and on top of the water surface are covered in unusual detail, including the biomechanics of life in water, locomotion underwater and on surface films, gas exchange, physico-chemical stressors, feeding, sensory perception and communication, reproduction,egg-laying and development, and the evolution of aquatic habits. The threatened status of freshwaters around the world, coupled with an expanding population of researchers and managers charged with their well-being, signals the importance of such a book as many individuals seek to understand howinsects function in these often challenging physical environments. Interest in freshwaters may never have been higher with ever-increasing conflict between water allocation for human (agricultural) use and conservation.Aquatic Entomology is suitable for graduate students, researchers, and managers interested in the subject from a perspective of either basic or applied ecology. It will also be a valuable supplementary text for courses in limnology or freshwater ecology, entomology, and water resourcemanagement.

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Aquatic insects are the dominant invertebrate fauna in most freshwater ecosystems, and figure prominently in the work of a diverse range of researchers, students, and environmental managers. Often employed as indicators of ecosystem health, aquatic insects are also commonly used as modelsystems to test hypotheses in ecological topics i...

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...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:June 26, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199573220

ISBN - 13:9780199573226

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Part 1 - Introduction to Aquatic Insects1. Insect body structure and the aquatic insect orders2. Evolution, biogeography, and aquatic insect distributionsPart 2 - Environmental constraints on distribution3. Gas exchange4. Physico-chemical gradients and extremes5. The biomechanics of living in and on waterPart 3 - Sensory systems, movement, and dispersal6. Sensory systems - photoreception7. Sensory systems - mechano- and chemoreception8. Locomotion in and on water9. Dispersal in the terrestrial environmentPart 4 - Population dynamics and population persistence10. Reproduction and mating behaviour11. Oviposition and eggs12. DevelopmentPart 5 - Trophic relationships13. Feeding devices and foraging strategies14. Diet, digestion, and defecationReferences