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Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates - 4th Edition - ISBN: 9780123850249, 9780123850256

Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates

4th Edition

Volume 4: Keys to Palaearctic Fauna

Editors: D. Christopher Rogers James H. Thorp
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123850249
eBook ISBN: 9780123850256
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 2nd April 2019
Page Count: 944
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Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates: Keys to Palaearctic Fauna, Fourth Edition, is part of a multivolume series covering inland water invertebrates of the world that began with Vol. I: Ecology and General Biology (2015), then Vol. II (2016) Keys to Nearctic Fauna, and finally in Vol. III (2018) Keys to Neotropical Hexapoda (insects and springtails). It now continues with identification keys for Palearctic invertebrates in Vol. IV. Two other volumes currently in development focus on general invertebrates of the Neotropical/Antarctic, and Australasian Bioregions. Other volumes in the early planning stages include Afrotropical and Oriental/Oceanic Bioregions. All volumes are designed for multiple uses and levels of expertise by professionals in universities, government agencies and private companies, as well as by graduate and undergraduate students.

Key Features

  • Provides identification keys for inland water (fresh to saline) invertebrates of the Palearctic Zoogeographic Region, from Iceland to Russia, and from the northern Pole region to Saharan Africa in the west, through the Middle East, and to the central China and Japan in the east
  • Presents identification keys for aquatic invertebrates to the genus or species level for many groups and to family for Hexapoda, with the keys progressing from higher to lower taxonomic levels
  • Includes 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. Protozoa
3. Phylum Porifera
4. Phylum Cnidaria
5. Phylum Platyhelminthes
6. Phylum Nemertea
7. Phylum Gastrotricha
8. Phylum Rotifera
9. Phylum Nematoda
10. Phylum Nematomorpha
11. Phylum Mollusca
12. Phylum Annelida
13. Phylum Ectoprocta (Bryozoa)
14. Phylum Entoprocta
15. Phylum Tardigrada
16. Phylum Arthropoda: Introduction and Arachnida
16.1. Arthropoda: Introduction to Crustacea and Hexapoda
16.2. Arthropoda: Branchiopoda
16.3. Arthropoda: Ostracoda
16.4. Arthropoda: Copepoda
16.5. Arthropoda: Thecostraca
16.6. Arthropoda: Malacostraca


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About the Editors

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. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, Australia. Christopher specializes in freshwater crustaceans (particularly the Branchiopoda and the Decapoda) and the invertebrate fauna of seasonally astatic wetlands on a global scale. He has numerous 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

Research Invertebrate Zoologist, Kansas Biological Survey, University of Kansas, USA

James H. Thorp

James H. 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

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