Mites: Ecology, Evolution And Behaviour: Life At A Microscale by David Evans WalterMites: Ecology, Evolution And Behaviour: Life At A Microscale by David Evans Walter

Mites: Ecology, Evolution And Behaviour: Life At A Microscale

byDavid Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor

Hardcover | October 18, 2013

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More than 40,000 species of mites have been described, and up to 1 million may exist on earth. These tiny arachnids play many ecological roles including acting as vectors of disease, vital players in soil formation, and important agents of biological control. But despite the grand diversity of mites, even trained biologists are often unaware of their significance. Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (2nd edition) aims to fill the gaps in our understanding of these intriguing creatures. It surveys life cycles, feeding behaviour, reproductive biology and host-associations of mites without requiring prior knowledge of their morphology or taxonomy. Topics covered include evolution of mites and other arachnids, mites in soil and water, mites on plants and animals, sperm transfer and reproduction, mites and human disease, and mites as models for ecological and evolutionary theories.
Dave Walter has more than 30 years experience in the study of mites in Australia, the United States, and Canada and is an author of numerous research papers, book chapters, books, interactive keys, and webpages on mite ecology, behaviour, systematics and identification. He is especially interested in the roles that mites play in biolog...
Title:Mites: Ecology, Evolution And Behaviour: Life At A MicroscaleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:494 pagesPublished:October 18, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9400771630

ISBN - 13:9789400771635

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Table of Contents

Preface to the second edition
1. What good are mites?
2. The origin of mites: fossil history and relationships
3. Systematic and morphological survey
4. Life cycles, development and size
5. Sex and celibacy
6. Mites in soil & litter systems
7. Acari underwater, or, why did mites take the plunge?
8. Mites on Plants
9. Animals as habitats
10. Mites that cause and transmit disease
11. Mites & biological diversity
12. Mites as models

Editorial Reviews

From the book reviews:"This is a very readable, easy-to-follow book. It starts with a brief introduction about mites and their ecological role and continues with the intricacies of mite biology. . Thanks to the well-organized, end-of chapter references, these readers can locate some of the original works on the subject. . It is also very well written and designed and provides  more illustrations than its predecessor. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." (J. M. Gonzalez, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)"This book is the second edition of an overview of the mites (Acari), which explores their fascinating biology, with emphasis on ecology, evolution and behaviour. . this outstanding book is highly recommended for amateur and professional biologists, interested students, specializing acarologists and for libraries. . The entire book is written in a 'friendly', clear, non-obtuse style with scientific terms explained, and it gains much by the many illuminating Figures." (Uri Gerson, Experimental and Applied Acarology, Vol. 64, 2014)