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SP68 Freshwater Invertebrates

SP68 Freshwater Invertebrates
Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates
Author: Michael Dobson, Simon Pawley, Melanie Fletcher & Anne Powell
Published By: FBA 2012
Format: Hardcover, 201 x 171 mm, 216 pages
ISBN: 978-0-900386-80-0

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 straightforward to do so, with a bibliography of other keys and guides for those who want 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.)

This is the second general guide to freshwater invertebrates published by the FBA, the other being SP67 Guide to British Freshwater Macroinvertebrates for Biotic Assessment. A description of the difference between the two books, to help you decide which is most appropriate for you, is given on the FBA website under Publications (click on Books, Scientific Publications, then scroll down to click on SP68).