Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates

Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates

3rd Edition - November 12, 2009

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  • Editors: James Thorp, Alan Covich
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080889818

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The Third Edition of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates continues the tradition of in-depth coverage of the biology, ecology, phylogeny, and identification of freshwater invertebrates from the USA and Canada. This edition is in color for the first time and includes greatly expanded classification of many phyla.

Key Features

  • Contains extensive and detailed classification keys for identification of diverse freshwater invertebrates.
  • Many drawings and color photographs of freshwater invertebrates.
  • Single source for a broad coverage of the anatomy, physiology, ecology, and phylogeny of all major groups of invertebrates in inland waters of North America, north of Mexico.


Advanced undergraduates, graduate students and researchers and lecturers in freshwater biology and ecology, limnology, environmental science, invertebrate zoology and related fields.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction To Invertebrates Of Inland Waters
    2. An Overview Of Inland Water Habitats
    3. Protozoa
    4. Porifera
    5. Cnidaria
    6. Flatworms: Turbellarians And Nemertea
    7. Gastrotricha
    8. Rotifera
    9. Nematoda And Nematomorpha
    10. Mollusca: Gastropoda
    11. Mollusca: Bivalvia
    12. Annelida (Clitellata): Oligochaeta, Branchiobdellida,Hirudinida, And Acanthobdellida
    13. Bryozoans
    14. Tardigrada
    15. Water Mites (Hydrachnidiae) And Other Arachnids
    16. Diversity And Classification Of Insects And Collembola
    17. Aquatic Insect Ecology
    18. Introduction To The Subphylum Crustacea
    19. Ostracoda
    20. Cladocera And Other Branchiopoda
    21. Copepoda
    22. Decapoda

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1021
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: November 12, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080889818

About the Editors

James Thorp

James Thorp
Dr. James H. Thorp has been a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS, USA) and a Senior Scientist in the Kansas Biological Survey since 2001. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Professor Thorp was a Distinguished Professor and Dean at Clarkson University, Department Chair and Professor at the University of Louisville, Associate Professor and Director of the Calder Ecology Center of Fordham University, Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell,and Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He received his Baccalaureate from the University of Kansas (KU) and both Masters and PhD degrees from North Carolina State. Those degrees focused on zoology, ecology, and marine biology, with an emphasis on the ecology of freshwater and marine invertebrates. Dr. Thorp has been on the editorial board of three freshwater journals and is a former President of the International Society for River Science. He teaches freshwater, marine, and invertebrate courses at KU, and his Master and Doctoral graduate students work on various aspects of the ecology of communities through macrosystems in rivers, reservoirs, and wetlands. Professor Thorp’s research interests and background are highly diverse and span the gamut from organismal biology to community, ecosystem, and macrosystem ecology. He works on both fundamental and applied research topics using descriptive, experimental, and modeling approaches in the field and lab.While his research emphasizes aquatic invertebrates, he also studies fish ecology, especially as related to food webs. He has published more than 130 refereed journal articles, books, and chapters, including three single-volume editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp and A.P. Covich) and five volumes in the current fourth edition of Thorp and Covich’s Freshwater Invertebrates.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kansas Biological Survey, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA

Alan Covich

Affiliations and Expertise

Colorado State University, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Biology, Fort Collins, U.S.A.

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