Covering both surveys of the types of known invertebrates and their various functional systems, this book is primarily aimed at undergraduate students studying a general university course on invertebrate zoology. It will, however, also be of use as a general reference and in any other course in which invertebrates feature. The book concentrates on the essential organizational features of the various groups and different systems, and sets the material against an evolutionary background, thus presenting form and function in the light of the selective pressures and advantages which are associated with different body plans, life histories and behaviour.
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Most textbooks of invertebrate zoology follow either a systematic or a functional approach. The Invertebrates is the first book to synthesise and integrate both approaches, describing the range and diversity of invertebrates and the way they work.
The first half of the gook describes all the known phyla of invertebrates with living representatives, together with the animal-like protists. Rather than describe all the anatomical features of different types of animals, the book distils only those essential characteristics of each group with which the student should be familiar. Lists of diagnostic features permit comparison between the phyla; the diversity of body plans illustrated by line figures of the different forms.
The second half of the book concentrates on the unifying features of invertebrate functional anatomy, physiology and behaviour, describing how the invertebrates display a range of solutions to the problems of living and reproduction. Throughout, form and function are presented from an evolutionary viewpoint, in the light of the selective pressures that have influenced and continue to mould invertebrate biology.Review:
'The authors have succeeded in providing within a single volume a new, critical look at the essentials of invertebrate biology, in a form meeting the needs of students on modern courses in zoology ... clearly written and excellently illustrated with line drawings and diagrams.' Journal of Biological Education on the first edition
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Descripción Blackwell Science Inc, 2013. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0632016388. Nº de ref. de la librería 56.MCONCHA9780632016389