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The Insects
Author: P.J. Gullan

ISBN: 9781118846155
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 17 October 2014
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 18.6 x 3.1
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Insects represent over half of the planet?s biological diversity. This popular textbook provides a comprehensive introduction to this extraordinary diversity, and places entomology central to the theory and practice of evolutionary and ecological studies.

Fully revised, this fifth edition opens with a chapter concerning the popular side of insect studies, including insects in citizen science, zoos and butterfly houses, and insects as food for humans and animals. Key features of insect
structure, function, behaviour, ecology and classification are integrated with appropriate molecular studies.  Much of the book is organized around major biological themes: living on the ground, in water, on plants, in colonies, and as predators, parasites/parasitoids and prey insects. A strong evolutionary theme is maintained throughout.

There is major revision to the chapter on systematics and a new chapter, Insects in a Changing World, includes insect responses to, and the consequences of, both climate change and human-assisted global alterations to distributions. Updated ?Taxoboxes? demonstrate topical issues and provide concise information on all aspects of each of...

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