By D. Dudley Williams and Blair W. Feltmate
Aquatic entomology has undergone major advances in recent times. For example, aquatic insects are now routinely used to test hypotheses in contemporary ecological theory and to model predictive changes resulting from climate change. Research has also revealed the importance of aquatic insects in the spread of diseases, in the biological assessment of water quality, and in the reconstruction of past environments on earth. Further, it is now accepted that the larvae of aquatic insects play a pivotal role in the breakdown of terrestrial leaf litter and provide an important food source for fishes, both in nature and aquaculture.
This book, originally published in 1992, presents these findings together with the background information necessary to understand them, and provides references to classic and more detailed studies in the literature. Only a limited prior knowledge of general ecology or entomology is assumed on the part of the reader. The book will therefore appeal to advanced undergraduate students taking courses in aquatic biology or entomology, as well as to research workers in ecology and pure and applied entomology seeking an overview of this fascinating field of study.
‘… the book is very reasonably priced for a text which will be of lasting value and which should serve to stimulate a great deal of interest among, and challenge, “aquatic entomologists”. I hesitate to describe any book on aquatic biology as a “landmark”, but this volume merits such an accolade.’ T.R. New, Bulletin of Entomological Research
‘… will make an excellent text for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate course in aquatic entomology.’ J.S. Richardson, Journal of the North American Benthological Society
‘Congratulations to the authors for producing a fine overview of aquatic entomology!’ D.M. Rosenberg, Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2017 Printing
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: The Aquatic Insect Orders
Chapter 3: Keys to the Aquatic Insect Orders
Chapter 4: Habitats and Communities
Chapter 5: Life History and Habitat
Chapter 6: Morphological and Physiological Adaptation
Chapter 7: Population Biology and Dynamics
Chapter 8: Trophic Relationships
Chapter 9: Predation and Its Consequences
Chapter 10: Experimental Design and Sampling Techniques
Chapter 11: Relationships with Man
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