Authors: Warren, A., Esteban, G.F. and Finlay, B.J.

Pages: 5-37

ISBN: 9780123850294

DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-385028-7.00002-0


The second volume in this landmark series includes an introductory chapter followed by 15 taxonomically specific chapters with identification keys to Nearctic freshwater invertebrates (protozoa through arthropods). Other than the second chapter’s treatment of the diverse, multi-phyla array of protozoa (ciliates, flagellates, and amoebas), each of the remaining 14 chapters is limited to a single phylum. Chapters include the following six sections: Introduction, Limitations (to taxonomic identification of that group), Terminology and Morphology (information needed to use the keys), Material Preparation and Preservation, Identification Keys, and References. This volume complements Volume I’s global coverage of “Ecology and General Biology” and thus only minimal information on those topics is included here. Volume II is devoted to the identification of inland water invertebrates of the Nearctic Bioregion including Canada, the continental United States, Mexico north of the Tropic of Cancer, Bermuda, and Greenland. Most keys terminate at either the level of genus or species, and generalized distribution data is included.

Source: Scopus