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Title:
Freshwater macroinvertebrates of northeastern North America
Author:
Peckarsky, Barbara Lynn.
Publication Information:
Ithaca : Comstock Pub. Associates, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
xi, 442 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780801420764

9780801496882
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Book

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A guide to the identification of insects and other macroinvertebrates found in bodies of freshwater in northeastern North America. Essentially a collection of regional taxonomic keys, it covers the aquatic and semiaquatic life stages of insects as well as freshwater crustaceans, mites, mollusks, oligochaetes, and leeches. Each chapter begins with a brief natural history of the taxon and a discussion of collection and preservation techniques. Following is a checklist of the families and genera, or in the noninsect chapters higher taxa, of the animals included in the key. Most of the chapter is devoted to the key: a series of concise couplets, well illustrated with many diagnostic drawings. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)


Summary

A guide to the identification of insects and other macroinvertebrates found in bodies of freshwater in northeastern North America. Essentially a collection of regional taxonomic keys, it covers the aquatic and semiaquatic life stages of insects as well as freshwater crustaceans, mites, mollusks, oligochaetes, and leeches. Each chapter begins with a brief natural history of the taxon and a discussion of collection and preservation techniques. Following is a checklist of the families and genera, or in the noninsect chapters higher taxa, of the animals included in the key. Most of the chapter is devoted to the key: a series of concise couplets, well illustrated with many diagnostic drawings. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Reviews 2

Choice Review

This book appeals to a broad spectrum of readers from the specialist to the general public. It differs from R.W. Merritt and R.W. Cummins's An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America (2nd ed., 1984) and R.W. Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States (2nd ed., 1978) in two critical ways. First, much has changed in the last decade since these two books were published and the authors include the latest taxonomic revisions. Second, information is restricted to the macroinvertebrates of Quebec, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, New England, and New Brunswick. This reduces the tedium of indentifying specimens using a key based on taxa living in a much larger area. As a result, this book is much more efficient than "global" taxonomic keys, because it includes only those species that have been found in northeastern North America. Individuals interested in initiating a more thorough geographical or taxonomic analysis of a particular species are provided with an extensive and up-to-date bibliography and species checklist at the end of each chapter. Copious line drawings permit identification of taxa from their critical (illustrated) parts. Leading taxonomists in the area contribute chapters on the natural history and systematics of the aquatic Collembola, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Plecoptera, Hemiptera, Trichoptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Diptera, Crustacea, Hydrachnidia, Mollusca, Oligochaeta, and Hirudinea. Recommended to anyone interested in the biogeography or the systematic identification of these taxa from northeastern North America. M. Dickman Brock University


Choice Review

This book appeals to a broad spectrum of readers from the specialist to the general public. It differs from R.W. Merritt and R.W. Cummins's An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America (2nd ed., 1984) and R.W. Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States (2nd ed., 1978) in two critical ways. First, much has changed in the last decade since these two books were published and the authors include the latest taxonomic revisions. Second, information is restricted to the macroinvertebrates of Quebec, Ontario, New York, Pennsylvania, New England, and New Brunswick. This reduces the tedium of indentifying specimens using a key based on taxa living in a much larger area. As a result, this book is much more efficient than "global" taxonomic keys, because it includes only those species that have been found in northeastern North America. Individuals interested in initiating a more thorough geographical or taxonomic analysis of a particular species are provided with an extensive and up-to-date bibliography and species checklist at the end of each chapter. Copious line drawings permit identification of taxa from their critical (illustrated) parts. Leading taxonomists in the area contribute chapters on the natural history and systematics of the aquatic Collembola, Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Plecoptera, Hemiptera, Trichoptera, Lepidoptera, Coleoptera, Megaloptera, Neuroptera, Diptera, Crustacea, Hydrachnidia, Mollusca, Oligochaeta, and Hirudinea. Recommended to anyone interested in the biogeography or the systematic identification of these taxa from northeastern North America. M. Dickman Brock University