Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123814265
eBook ISBN: 9780123814272
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 15th November 2010
Page Count: 304
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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.

Key Features

  • 362 color photographs and detailed descriptions aid in the identification of species
  • Introductory chapters instruct the reader on how to use the book, different inland water habitats and basic ecological relationships of freshwater invertebrates
  • Broad taxonomic coverage is more comprehensive than any guide currently available


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

Table of Contents

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 Dipter


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"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