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The insects : structure and function
Chapman, R. F. (Reginald Frederick)
Fourth edition.
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [1998]

Physical Description:
xvii, 770 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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QL463 .C48 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The Insects is about how insects function as animals; it brings together basic anatomy and physiology and relates this to behavior. It emphasizes the roles of different functional systems in the context of the whole organism, using studies of many different species as illustrations. Unlike other texts, it does not dwell on classification, but takes an in-depth look at physiology. As such it will provide all biologists with a basic understanding of how insects work. A long-awaited update of a well-established standard text and respected reference work for students and researchers in zoology, entomology and physiology, it has been rewritten throughout, whilst retaining the successful structure of the earlier editions. Improved illustrations have been augmented with electron micrographs, and expanded reference sections will make it a valuable addition to all biologists' bookshelves.

Table of Contents

Part A The Head, Ingestion, Utilization and Distribuiton of Food
1 Head
2 Mouthparts and feeding
3 Alimentary canal, digestion and absorption
4 Nutrition
5 Circulatory system, blood and immune system
6 Fat body
Part B The Thorax, Muscles and Locomotion
7 Thorax
8 Legs and locomotion
9 Wings and flight
10 Muscles
Part C The Abdomen, Reproductive System and Development
11 Abdomen
12 Reproductive system: male
13 Reproductive system: female
14 The egg and embryology
15 Postembryonic development
Part D The Integument, Gas Exchange and Homeostasis
16 Integument
17 Gaseous exchange
18 Excretion and salt and water regulation
19 Thermal relations
Part E Communication
I Physiological Co-ordination within the Insects
20 Nervous system
21 Endocrine System
II Perception of the Environment
22 Visual system
23 Mechanoreception
24 Chemoreception
III Communication with other Organisms
25 Color and light production
26 Mechanical communication: sound production
27 Chemical communication: pheromones and chemicals with interspecific significance
Species index
Subject index