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The biology of tardigrades

Author: Ian M Kinchin
Publisher: London ; Chapel Hill, N.C. : Portland Press, ©1994.
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Tardigrades are fascinating microscopic animals, exhibiting a number of unusual characteristics. They are found in a wide variety of easily accessible terrestrial microhabitats, such as soil, leaf litter, mosses and lichens. They are also commonly found in freshwater and marine communities. The Biology of Tardigrades is the only modern comprehensive account of marine and freshwater tardigrades. It contains the first  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian M Kinchin
ISBN: 1855780437 9781855780439
OCLC Number: 702705558
Description: xi, 186 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. What is a tardigrade? Historical perspective. Aims of this book --
2. Origins and systematics. Fossil record. Affinities of the Tardigrada. Systematics of the phylum --
3. External morphology. Morphological groups. Arthrotardigrada. Echiniscoidea. Eutardigrada --
4. Internal structure. Internal arrangement. Intestine. Cuticle. Muscle. Nervous system and sensory organs. Excretory organs. Body cavity cells --
5. Reproduction and life history. Mating. Hermaphroditism. Reproductive organs. Reproductive modes. Parthenogenesis. Spermatozoa. Eggs and Embryos. Hatching and post-embryonic development. Moulting. Cyclomorphosis --
6. Cryptobiosis. The need for latent states. Anhydrobiosis. Cryobiosis. Osmobiosis. Anoxybiosis. Encystment --
7. Ecology. Limno-terrestrial habitats. Marine habitats. Habitat preference. Distribution and dispersal. Population dynamics and densities. Associated microbes. Associated microfauna and trophic relationships --
8. Collecting and preserving. Collecting. Culturing. Mounting --
9. Guide to common species. Quantitative morphometric data. Macrobiotus cf. hufelandi. Macrobiotus cf. harmsworthi. Milnesium tardigradum. Ramazzottius cf. oberhauseri. Echiniscus testudo. Echiniscus granulatus. Hypsibius dujardini. Hypsibius cf. antarcticus/arcticus. Diphascon scoticum. Mesocrista spitsbergense. Richtersius coronifer. Dactylobiotus dispar. Minibiotus intermedius. Batillipes spp. Echiniscoides cf. sigismundi --
10. Future research. The scope for further research. Behaviour. Biochemistry. Ecology. Reproductive strategies. Structure. The British fauna.
Responsibility: by Ian M. Kinchin.

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Tardigrades are fascinating microscopic animals, exhibiting a number of unusual characteristics. They are found in a wide variety of easily accessible terrestrial microhabitats, such as soil, leaf litter, mosses and lichens. They are also commonly found in freshwater and marine communities. The Biology of Tardigrades is the only modern comprehensive account of marine and freshwater tardigrades. It contains the first taxonomic review for over a decade in addition to covering every aspect of their biology. The Biology of Tardigrades is highly illustrated and includes an extensive list of references for further reading as well as a glossary. This book will be particular interest to all undergraduates, postgraduates, lecturers and research workers who are concerned with invertebrates, but will also provide absorbing reading material for all those who are involved in the field of evolutionary zoology.

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