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Invertebrates - Second Edition [Hardcover] 2nd Edition

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In terms of cost, completeness and scholarship, I find this text to be the best available. --Peter W. Glynn, Bulletin of Marine Science

The second edition of Invertebrates ... combines old and new with great success and makes a strong and useful contribution to modern perspectives on the invertebrates. ... this edition is strengthened by many attractive color photographs of diverse organisms or structures. ... This book's strengths lie in its phylogenetic approach, description and illustration of structural anatomy, and discussion of organism traits. ... I can highly ... recommend this book to all biologists and students interested in a modern perspective on invertebrate structure and evolutionary relationships." --Richard B. Emlet, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

The second edition of Invertebrates ... combines old and new with great success and makes a strong and useful contribution to modern perspectives on the invertebrates. ... this edition is strengthened by many attractive color photographs of diverse organisms or structures. ... This book's strengths lie in its phylogenetic approach, description and illustration of structural anatomy, and discussion of organism traits. ... I can highly ... recommend this book to all biologists and students interested in a modern perspective on invertebrate structure and evolutionary relationships." --Richard B. Emlet, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

The second edition of Invertebrates ... combines old and new with great success and makes a strong and useful contribution to modern perspectives on the invertebrates. ... this edition is strengthened by many attractive color photographs of diverse organisms or structures. ... This book's strengths lie in its phylogenetic approach, description and illustration of structural anatomy, and discussion of organism traits. ... I can highly ... recommend this book to all biologists and students interested in a modern perspective on invertebrate structure and evolutionary relationships." --Richard B. Emlet, Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin

About the Author

RICHARD C. BRUSCA is Director of Conservation and Research at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and also holds adjunct research positions at the University of Arizona and CIAD (Centro de Investigacion en Alimentacion y Desarrollo), Mexico. Dr. Brusca is a widely recognized invertebrate zoologist, marine biologist, and Sea of Cortez and Sonoran Desert naturalist. - The late GARY J. BRUSCA was Professor Emeritus at Humboldt State University. For 35 years he focused his research on the ecology and systematics of hyperiid amphipods, also writing on a variety of other subjects in journals and textbooks.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 936 pages
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates; 2 edition (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878930973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878930975
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.7 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,115 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard C. Brusca is an invertebrate zoologist, marine biologist, conservation ecologist, Southwestern naturalist, and desert rat. He is Executive Director, Emeritus, of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (and currently a Research Associate). He is also a Research Scientist at the University of Arizona and the Centro de Investigación en Alimentación y Desarrollo (CIAD), Mexico. Rick is the author of over 165 research publications and 13 books, including the largest-selling text on invertebrate zoology (Invertebrates, Sinauer Associates; available in four languages) and the popular field guides Common Intertidal Invertebrates of the Gulf of California (UofA Press), A Seashore Guide to the Northern Gulf of California (ASDM Press), and A Natural History the Santa Catalina Mountains, with an Introduction to the Madrean Sky Islands (ASDM Press). He has been the recipient of more than 100 research grants from the National Science Foundation, NOAA, National Geographic Society, Charles Lindberg Foundation, National Park Service, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and many other agencies and foundations. Rick's area of greatest interest is the Sea of Cortez and the Sonoran Desert. He has served on panels and boards for many foundations and agencies, including the National Science Board, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Institution, NOAA, PEW Program in Conservation and the Environment, Public Broadcasting Service, IUCN Species Survival Commission, U.S. Department of the Interior, and others. He has served on more than a dozen non-profit boards, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for several Tucson-area and Mexican non-profits, including Tohono Chul Park (Tucson, Arizona) and Comunidad y Biodiversidad (COBI, Mexico). Although he has organized and conducted field expeditions throughout the world, in over 50 countries and on every continent, he has maintained his research programs in the Sonoran Desert and the Gulf of California for more than 40 years. He is an elected Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Linnean Society of London (FLS), and the California Academy of Sciences. He is also a recipient of the Luminaria Award from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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Format: Hardcover
This invertebrate text is a mixed bag. Although the date on the Author's Preface is 2002, very few references more recent than 1997 are cited. The treatment is also very uneven. As expected given the authors' interests, the Arthropod treatment is done pretty well, but pretty much all the other major phyla are poorly treated. For example, reading the mollusk section is like entering a time warp; the gastropod systematic treatment is straight out of 1970s and the minor classes are perhaps worse. Within the molluscan overall framework, seminal works such as the Ponder and Lindberg treatment of gastropods are ignored, and the minor molluscan groups far no better; nothing more recent than references in the 1970s have obviously been consulted for the Scaphopods and although more recent references are listed for the Aplacophora and other minor classes the treatment is equally weak.
Similar problems are apparent within other major taxa as well.
Although the authors have tried to include some modern phylogentic analyses, the more recent data (from say, 1998 through at least 2000) that should have been included are totally absent.
Compared to the first edition, the text has many new illustrations; in fact, that seems to be the major positive addition over the earlier addition.
The book seems to have relatively few typographical errors.
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This large, comprehensive book is actually very suitable for the general reader. Concepts are explained well. Excellent line drawings accompany the text. The book starts off with general concepts, then covers the protozoa and then the placazoa (Trichoplax). It is suggested, as others have also speculated, that Trichoplax perhaps represents a surviving descendant of a premetazoan ancestor. The book then goes on to cover the sponges, cnidaria, ctenophora, platyhelminthes, pseudocolelomates, numerous chapters on worms, arthropoda, mollusca, etc, and finishes off with the invertebrate deuterostomes (including echinodermata, hemichordata and chordata). This book lacks recent molecular results, but nonetheless remains an excellent reference on the invertebrates.
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By A Customer on August 7, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is a really amazing book. Goes way beyond the usual listing of features often found in comparative zoology type books, and pulls out underlying themes. Moreover, it is written in a way that makes for relaxing reading. Even the obligatory section on "why we should care about taxonomy" was an interesting read, not the chore that it tends to be in books like this. Excellent illustrations, good enough to make it a coffee-table book, but also has clear explanations and a wealth of information. This book will be a classic.
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Brusca and Brusca's book, INVERTEBRATES, presents a wonderful treatment of this extremely diverse group of animals. The continuous themes of body plan, development, and evolutionary relationships provide a continuous focus for the book.
There is ample material in this book for any most groups of invertebrates. This book would work well for an undergraduate or a graduate level course. The line drawings and BW photos are great. The text is well written, and comprehensive taxonomic information is included.
I hope Brusca and Brusca come out with a 2nd edition, since this book was published ten years ago. If they do, it will be a top candidate for my invert zool course in the future.
5 stars.
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This book provides comprehensive details for all invertebrate phyla. Color photos and drawing pictures are given in all groups. Most universities as I know use this text as fundamental reference for their courses related to invertebrates. I also usually use this book as encycopedia for invert before I jump to other sources. This textbook is the best book on invertebrates for the present time.
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By B. Bender on September 9, 2013
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lots of great information in this book i wish it had not come damaged in the corner but over all it still looks good and I think that I'm going to learn a lot
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By Chris H on November 30, 2013
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Very helpful book. Goes into enough detail on phylum, classes and orders. Some images to help with understand of the material
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