Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates

Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates

Ecology and General Biology

4th Edition - September 6, 2014

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  • Editors: James Thorp, D. Christopher Rogers
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123850270
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123850263

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Readers familiar with the first three editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp and A.P. Covich) will welcome the comprehensive revision and expansion of that trusted professional reference manual and educational textbook from a single North American tome into a developing multi-volume series covering inland water invertebrates of the world. The series entitled Thorp and Covich’s Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp) begins with the current Volume I: Ecology and General Biology (edited by J.H. Thorp and D.C. Rogers), which is designed as a companion volume for the remaining books in the series. Those following volumes provide taxonomic coverage for specific zoogeographic regions of the world, starting with Keys to Nearctic Fauna (Vol. II) and Keys to Palaearctic Fauna (Vol. III). Volume I maintains the ecological and general biological focus of the previous editions but now expands coverage globally in all chapters, includes more taxonomic groups (e.g., chapters on individual insect orders), and covers additional functional topics such as invasive species, economic impacts, and functional ecology. As in previous editions, the 4th edition of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates is designed for use by professionals in universities, government agencies, and private companies as well as by undergraduate and graduate students.

Key Features

  • Global coverage of aquatic invertebrate ecology
  • Discussions on invertebrate ecology, phylogeny, and general biology written by international experts for each group
  • Separate chapters on invasive species and economic impacts and uses of invertebrates
  • Eight additional chapters on insect orders and a chapter on freshwater millipedes
  • Four new chapters on collecting and culturing techniques, ecology of invasive species, economic impacts, and ecological function of invertebrates
  • Overall expansion of ecology and general biology and a shift of the even more detailed taxonomic keys to other volumes in the projected 9-volume series
  • Identification keys to lower taxonomic levels


professional scientists, technicians in academia, private companies, government agencies, and NGOs

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Invertebrates of Inland Waters
    2. Overview of Inland Water Habitats
    3. Collection and Culturing Techniques
    4. Functional Relationships of Freshwater Invertebrates
    5. Ecology of Invasive Alien Invertebrates
    6. Economic Aspects of Freshwater Invertebrates
    7. Free-Living Protozoa
    8. Phylum Porifera
    9. Phylum Cnidaria
    10. Phylum Platyhelminthes
    11. Phylum Nemertea
    12. Phylum Gastrotricha
    13. Phylum Rotifera
    14. Phylum Nematoda
    15. Phylum Nematomorpha
    16. Phyla Ectoprocta and Entoprocta (Bryozoans)
    17. Phylum Tardigrada
    18. Introduction to Mollusca and the Class Gastropoda
    19. Class Bivalvia
    20. Introduction to Annelida and the Class Polychaeta
    21. Class Clitellata: Oligochaeta
    22. Class Clitellata: Branchiobdellida
    23. Class Clitellata: Hirudinida and Acanthobdellida
    24. Introduction to the Phylum Arthropoda
    25. Subphylum Chelicerata, Class Arachnida
    26. Subphylum Myriapoda, Class Diplopoda
    27. Introduction to “Crustacea”
    28. Class Branchiopoda
    29. Class Maxillopoda
    30. Class Ostracoda
    31. Class Malacostraca, Superorders Peracarida and Syncarida
    32. Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda
    33. Hexapoda – Introduction to Insects and Collembola
    34. Order Ephemeroptera
    35. Order Odonata
    36. Order Plecoptera
    37. Order Hemiptera
    38. Order Trichoptera
    39. Order Coleoptera
    40. Order Diptera
    41. Minor Insect Orders

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1148
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2014
  • Published: September 6, 2014
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780123850270
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123850263

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

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. 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

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  • ParinJirapatrasilp Fri Sep 28 2018

    Thorp and Covich's Freshwater Invertebrates

    Great book, benefits to the study of freshwater invertebrates