Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates

Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates

Volume 3: Keys to Neotropical Hexapoda

4th Edition - August 30, 2018

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  • Editors: Neusa Hamada, James Thorp, D. Christopher Rogers
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128042649
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128042236

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Thorp and Covich’s Freshwater Invertebrates, Fourth Edition: Keys to Neotropical Hexapoda, Volume Three, provides a guide for identifying and evaluating a key subphylum, hexapoda, for Central America, South America and the Antarctic. This book is essential for anyone working in water quality management, conservation, ecology or related fields in this region, and is developed to be the most modern and consistent set of taxonomic keys available. It is part of a series that is designed to provide a highly comprehensive, current set of keys for a given bioregion, with all keys written in a consistent style. This series can be used for a full spectrum of interested readers, from students, to university professors and government agencies.

Key Features

  • Includes zoogeographic coverage of the entire Neotropics, from central México and the Caribbean Islands, to the tip of South America
  • Identifies aquatic springtails (Collembola) and insects to the genus level for many groups, and family or subfamily level for less well known taxa
  • Presents multiple keys, from higher to lower taxonomic levels that are appropriate for each users’ level of scientific knowledge and needs
  • Provides a general introduction and sections on limitations, terminology and morphology, material preparation and preservation, and references


Professional scientists and technicians in ecology, environmental science, freshwater biology, limnology, invertebrate zoology and related fields, private companies, government agencies, and NGOs

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Collembola
    3. Ephemeroptera
    4. Plecoptera
    5. Orthoptera
    6. Blattodea
    7. Hemiptera
    8. Megaloptera
    9. Neuroptera
    10. Trichoptera
    11. Lepidoptera
    12. Hymenoptera
    13. Mecoptera
    14. Odanata Introduction
    15. Coleoptera Introduction
    16. Diptera Introduction

Product details

  • No. of pages: 836
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: August 30, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128042649
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128042236

About the Editors

Neusa Hamada

Is a research scientist in Brazil with almost 30 years of experience. Neusa has been at Coordenação de Pesquisas em Entomologia (CPEN) since 1989. In the past 10 years 90 journal articles, 3 books local to the Brazilian market have published and Neusa has contributed an additional 21 chapters to a variety of titles.

Affiliations and Expertise

Research Professor, Institutio Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA)

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

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

D. Christopher Rogers

Dr. D. Christopher Rogers is a research zoologist at the University of Kansas with the Kansas Biological Survey and is affiliated with the Biodiversity Institute, with numerous research projects all over the world. He received his PhD degree from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Christopher specializes in freshwater and terrestrial crustaceans (particularly Branchiopoda and Malacostraca) and the invertebrate fauna of seasonally astatic wetlands on a global scale. He has more than 150 peer-reviewed publications in crustacean taxonomy and invertebrate ecology, as well as published popular and scientific field guides and identification manuals to freshwater invertebrates. Christopher is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Crustacean Biology and a founding member of the Southwest Association of Freshwater Invertebrate Taxonomists. He has been involved in aquatic invertebrate conservation efforts all over the world.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA

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  • Diogo V. Mon Aug 02 2021

    Opinion on the Odonata section

    This is the ultimate key for Neotropical Odonata larvae. The Odonata section is very well illustrated (some taxa were never photographed before), the keys are coherent and the morphological structures of the taxa are explored in detail.