Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates
Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates

The invertebrates that live in our rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and wetlands are endlessly fascinating and hugely important in the ecology of fresh waters. This guide provides an introduction to their great diversity and the means to identify the many different types, from flatworms to beetles. A series of easy-to-follow keys, along with notes on ecology and distribution, allow identification of the more commonly encountered freshwater invertebrates occurring in Britain and Ireland, while 460 line drawings illustrate whole animals and the features of importance in distinguishing different groups. Identification is typically to family level, and beyond where this is possible; also included is a bibliography of other keys and guides for those who wish to pursue identification further.

With introductory notes on the classification of animals and the collection and preservation of specimens, as well as a detailed glossary, this guide is aimed at anyone interested in identifying freshwater invertebrate animals, from established naturalists and biologists to those new to the field. Written by staff from the Freshwater Biological Association, it is intended as a tribute to the T.T. Macan, one of the 'founding fathers' of freshwater biology.

This book was produced thanks to a grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.

Note: This guide, though similar in title, is a different volume than that of FBA Publication #67 ‘Guide to British Freshwater Macroinvertebrates for Biotic Assessment’. This guide examines more commonly encountered species in the freshwater environment (not only macroinvertebrates) though it is not entirely exhaustive. This guide identifies down to species level where possible, whereas scientific publication 67 identifies to family level only.

Author: Michael Dobson, Simon Pawley, Melanie Fletcher & Anne Powell
Published By: FBA 2012
Format: Hardcover, 201 x 171 mm, 216 pages
ISBN: 9780900386800
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