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The Insects
Structure and Function

5th Edition

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George C. McGavin, Stephen J. Simpson, Angela E. Douglas, Michael T. Siva-Jothy, Deborah K. Hoshizaki, Allen G. Gibbs, Nichole D. Bond, Graham K. Taylor, John C. Sparrow, Leigh W. Simmons, Michael R. Strand, Stuart Reynolds, Hans Merzendorfer, Jon F. Harrison, Lutz Thilo Wasserthal, Julian Dow, John S. Terblanche, Stephen Rogers, Michael F. Land, Lars Chittka, Tom Matheson, Bronwen Cribb, David Merritt, Peter Vukusic, Ralf Heinrich, Jeremy McNeil, Jocelyn G. Millar
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  • Date Published: November 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521113892

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  • The Insects has been the standard textbook in the field since the first edition published over forty years ago. Building on the strengths of Chapman's original text, this long-awaited 5th edition has been revised and expanded by a team of eminent insect physiologists, bringing it fully up-to-date for the molecular era. The chapters retain the successful structure of the earlier editions, focusing on particular functional systems rather than taxonomic groups and making it easy for students to delve into topics without extensive knowledge of taxonomy. The focus is on form and function, bringing together basic anatomy and physiology and examining how these relate to behaviour. This, combined with nearly 600 clear illustrations, provides a comprehensive understanding of how insects work. Now also featuring a richly illustrated prologue by George McGavin, this is an essential text for students, researchers and applied entomologists alike.

    • A long-awaited update of the standard textbook in the field, revised from Chapman's original by a team of eminent insect physiologists
    • Organised so that chapters deal with functional systems rather than taxonomic groups, making it easy for students to delve into topics without extensive knowledge of taxonomy
    • Richly illustrated throughout with nearly 600 figures
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    "If you want to understand how the natural world works, you need to know about insects - the most successful and important multi-cellular organisms on our planet. The key to that understanding is now in your hands. Extensively revised and updated, this is a quite extraordinary book and effectively summarizes everything you need to know about insects. < /br> Authoritative yet accessible, The Insects: Structure and Function is the clearest and most comprehensive guide ever written on the workings of insects.”
    George McGavin, Honorary Research Associate, University Museum of Natural History and Department of Zoology, Oxford University

    "This new edition of The Insects: Structure and Function fascinates the reader with details on the morphology, processes and mechanisms which allow insects to burgeon on Earth. The tradition of excellence established by Chapman has been perpetuated. Thoroughly modernized and comprehensive, the revision captures the excitement of recent major advances in understanding."
    Peter W. Price, Regents' Professor Emeritus, Department of Biological Sciences, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

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    • Edition: 5th Edition
    • Date Published: November 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521113892
    • length: 959 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 191 x 40 mm
    • weight: 2.1kg
    • contains: 597 b/w illus. 29 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of contributors
    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Prologue George C. McGavin
    Part I. The Head, Ingestion, Utilization and Distribution of Food:
    1. Head Stephen J. Simpson
    2. Mouthparts and feeding Stephen J. Simpson
    3. Alimentary canal, digestion and absorption Angela E. Douglas
    4. Nutrition Angela E. Douglas and Stephen J. Simpson
    5. Circulatory system, blood and the immune system Angela E. Douglas and Michael T. Siva-Jothy
    6. Fat body Deborah K. Hoshizaki, Allen G. Gibbs and Nichole D. Bond
    Part II. The Thorax and Locomotion:
    7. Thorax Graham K. Taylor
    8. Legs and locomotion Graham K. Taylor
    9. Wings and flight Graham K. Taylor
    10. Muscles John C. Sparrow
    Part III. The Abdomen, Reproduction and Development:
    11. Abdomen Leigh W. Simmons
    12. Reproductive system: male Leigh W. Simmons
    13. Reproductive system: female Leigh W. Simmons
    14. The egg and embryology Michael R. Strand
    15. Postembryonic development Stuart Reynolds
    Part IV. The Integument, Gas Exchange and Homeostasis:
    16. Integument Hans Merzendorfer
    17. Gaseous exchange Jon F. Harrison and Lutz Thilo Wasserthal
    18. Excretion and salt and water regulation Julian Dow
    19. Thermal relations John S. Terblanche
    Part V. Communication
    Section 1. Physiological Co-ordination within the Insect:
    20. Nervous system Stephen Rogers
    21. Endocrine system Stuart Reynolds
    Section 2. Perception of the Environment:
    22. Vision Michael F. Land and Lars Chittka
    23. Mechanoreception Tom Matheson
    24. Chemoreception Bronwen Cribb and David Merritt
    Section 3. Communication with Other Organisms:
    25. Visual signals: colour and light production Peter Vukusic and Lars Chittka
    26. Mechanical communication: producing sound and substrate vibrations Ralf Heinrich
    27. Chemical communication: pheromones and chemicals with interspecific significance Jeremy McNeil and Jocelyn G. Millar
    Index.

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    R. F. Chapman

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    R. F. Chapman (1930–2003) was an eminent insect physiologist and Professor in the Division of Neurobiology at the University of Arizona. His first four editions of The Insects have formed the standard text in the field for more than forty years.

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    Stephen J. Simpson, University of Sydney
    Stephen J. Simpson is ARC Laureate Fellow in the School of Biological Sciences and Academic Director of the Perkins Centre for the study of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease at the University of Sydney. His core research aims are to understand swarming in locusts and to devise a new framework for studying nutrition. In 2012 he was awarded the Wigglesworth Medal from the Royal Entomological Society of London.

    Angela E. Douglas, Cornell University, New York
    Angela E. Douglas is Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Professor of Insect Physiology and Toxicology at Cornell University, New York. Her research and teaching is motivated by the mechanisms underlying insect function and her core research interests are the overlapping topics of insect nutrition and interactions between insects and beneficial microorganisms. She is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and the Entomological Society of America.

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    George C. McGavin, Stephen J. Simpson, Angela E. Douglas, Michael T. Siva-Jothy, Deborah K. Hoshizaki, Allen G. Gibbs, Nichole D. Bond, Graham K. Taylor, John C. Sparrow, Leigh W. Simmons, Michael R. Strand, Stuart Reynolds, Hans Merzendorfer, Jon F. Harrison, Lutz Thilo Wasserthal, Julian Dow, John S. Terblanche, Stephen Rogers, Michael F. Land, Lars Chittka, Tom Matheson, Bronwen Cribb, David Merritt, Peter Vukusic, Ralf Heinrich, Jeremy McNeil, Jocelyn G. Millar

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