Scorpion Biology and Research

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

byPhilip Brownell, Gary Polis

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Scorpions are the only land animals with a fossil record stretching back to the colonization of land by aquatic animals, and they offer a unique array of biochemical, physiological, and ecological adaptations. This comprehensive survey demonstrates the value of scorpions as model systems forinvestigating a wide range of biological questions, from neurobiology to evolutionary ecology. The chapters cover the full range of research and include introductory material for the general reader as well as detailed and up-to-date findings for the specialist. The editors hope to draw new attentionto this important group of arthropods and seek to highlight areas where scorpion research is providing new insight on key biological questions.

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Scorpions are the only land animals with a fossil record stretching back to the colonization of land by aquatic animals, and they offer a unique array of biochemical, physiological, and ecological adaptations. This comprehensive survey demonstrates the value of scorpions as model systems forinvestigating a wide range of biological ques...

Philip Brownell is at Oregon State University. Gary Polis is at University of California, Davis.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195084349

ISBN - 13:9780195084344

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Table of Contents

Contributors1. Philip Brownell and Gary Polis: Introduction2. Roger Farley: Structure, Reproduction, and Development3. Adam Locket: Eyes and Vision4. Gerta Fleissner and Gunther Fleissner: Neuronal Organization of Circadian Systems5. Gunther Fleissner and Gerta Fleissner: The Scorpion's Clock6. Philip Brownell: Sensory Ecology and Orientational Behaviors7. Douglas Gaffin and Philip Brownell: Chemosensory Behavior and Physiology8. Erwann Loret and Bruce Hammock: Structure and Neurotoxicity of Venoms9. Robert M. S. Schofield: Metals in Cuticular Structures10. Dieter Mahsberg: Brood Care and Social Behavior11. Tim Benton: Reproductive Ecology12. Gary A. Polis: Population and Community Ecology of Desert Scorpions13. Chris Myers: Evolution of Geographic Variation in Body Size and Life History Traits14. A. Denise Due: Historical Biogeography15. Tsunemi Yamashita and Victor Fet: Molecular Approaches to Biogeography16. Andrew J. Jeram: Paleontology17. Max Goyffon and Vincent Roman: Radioresistance of Scorpions18. Wilson Lourenco: Scorpion Diversity in Tropical South America: Implication for Conservation ProgramsTaxonomic IndexSubject Index

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"This book is an essential volume for the library of scorpion biologists (present and future), as well those interested in arachnids and arthropods in general...a very well-written and well-conceived book." -- Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research