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Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America

The Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America focuses on freshwater invertebrates that can be identified using at most an inexpensive magnifying glass. This Guide will be useful for experienced nature enthusiasts, students doing aquatic field projects, and anglers looking for the best fish bait, lure, or fly. Color photographs and art, as well as the broad geographic coverage, set this guide apart.


Aquatic ecologists working in the field, fly fishermen or other anglers, college students for use as supplement or lab manual in aquatic biologogy

Paperback, 304 Pages

Published: November 2010

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-381426-5


  • "IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: For anyone interested in the freshwater animals of North America."---The Guardian’s Punctuated Equilibrium

    "The strength of this text lies in the narratives describing the form, function, ecology, and collection methods associated with each major group. Consequently, the book is more of a primer or an introduction to freshwater invertebrates, than a field guide. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers."--Choice, September 2011, Vol. 49, No. 01


  • Chapter 01 Using This Book Effectively

    Chapter 02 General Techniques for Collecting and Identification

    Chapter 03 The Nature of Inland Water Habitats

    Chapter 04 A Primer on Ecological Relationships Among Freshwater Invertebrates

    Chapter 05 Sponges: Phylum Porifera

    Chapter 06 Hydra and Jellyfish: Phylum Cnidaria

    Chapter 07 Flatworms: Phylum Platyhelminthes, Class Turbellaria

    Chapter 08 Hairworms: Phylum Nematomorpha

    Chapter 09 Snails: Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda

    Chapter 10 Mussels and Clams: Phylum Mollusca, Class Bivalvia

    Chapter 11 Aquatic Segmented Worms and Leeches: Phylum Annelida

    Chapter 12 Moss Animals: Phylum Ectoprocta, or Bryozoa

    Chapter 13 Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates in the Phylum Arthropoda

    Chapter 14 Mites and Spiders: Subphylum Chelicerata, Class Arachnida

    Chapter 15 Fairy Shrimp, Tadpole Shrimp, Clam Shrimp, and Water Fleas: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Branchiopoda

    Chapter 16 Copepods, Fish Lice, and Seed Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Classes Maxillopoda and Ostracoda

    Chapter 17 Aquatic Sow Bugs, Scuds, and Opossum Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Superorder Peracarida

    Chapter 18 Crayfish, Crabs, and Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda

    Chapter 19 Introduction to Insects and Their Near Relatives: Subphylum Hexapoda

    Chapter 20 Mayflies: Insect Order Ephemeroptera

    Chapter 21 Dragonflies and Damselflies: Insect Order Odonata

    Chapter 22 Stoneflies: Insect Order Plecoptera

    Chapter 23 True Bugs: Insect Order Hemiptera

    Chapter 24 Hellgrammites, Spongillaflies, Caterpillars, and Others: Minor Aquatic Insect Orders

    Chapter 25 Caddisflies: Insect Order Trichoptera

    Chapter 26 Beetles: Insect Order Coleoptera

    Chapter 27 Midges, Mosquitoes, Blackflies, and Other True Flies: Insect Order Diptera


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