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

Paperback | August 23, 2016

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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...
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Title:Mites: Ecology, Evolution And Behaviour: Life At A MicroscaleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:494 pagesPublished:August 23, 2016Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9402402330

ISBN - 13:9789402402339

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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