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- DescriptionPredaceous diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) constitute one of the largest families of freshwater insects (~ 4,200 species). Although dytiscid adults and larvae are ubiquitous throughout a variety of aquatic habitats and are significant predators on other aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates, there are compilations that have focused on summarizing the kwledge of their ecology, systematics, and biology. Such kwledge would benefit anyone working in aquatic systems where dytiscids are an important part of the food web. Moreover, this work will allow a greater appreciation of dytiscids as model organisms for investigations of fundamental principles derived from ecological and evolutionary theory. Contributed chapters are by authors who are actively engaged in studying dytiscids and each chapter offers a synthesis of the current kwledge of a variety of topics and will provide future directions for research.
- Author BiographyAlthough his primary research focus involves medically important container mosquitoes, he is broadly a community ecologist who has a strong, broad background in invertebrates and aquatic habitats. He has focused most of his research efforts on mosquitoes, in part because this group provides an excellent model system to explore topics across many levels of ecological organization, from individuals, to population, to communities. His specific interests lie in examining how individual species traits, such as feeding behavior, habitat selection, dispersal and oviposition decisions affect species interactions and in linking how the outcomes of these interactions affect patterns of species diversity and invasion success. This work has important implications for public health, as findings of his work can offer insights into the factors that control the distributions of medically important mosquitoes.
- Date of Publication15/07/2014
- SubjectLife Sciences: Zoology
- Place of PublicationDordrecht
- Country of PublicationNetherlands
- Content Note58 black & white illustrations, 90 colour illustrations, 9 black & white tables, biography
- Weight957 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine27 mm
- Edited byDonald Yee
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