This book presents a comprehensive overview of invertebrate organismal zoology (IZ), defining invertebrates as any multicellular organism without a backbone (excluding plants and Fungi). While there are many IZ textbooks on the market, few combine the classical anatomical information with the newer genome level DNA sequence data and evo-devo data for teaching purposes. This book documents the latest research in these areas and combines it with classical information, giving students a unique opportunity to learn the biology of these organisms.
Key selling features:
- Combines classical morphological approaches and newer evo-devo and next generation sequencing approaches to address invertebrate zoology (first book to do so)
- Presents information along taxonomic lines in accord with the latest understanding of invertebrate phylogeny
- Includes the latest data matrices on a website available for student use in learning newer analytical techniques
- Contains chapter-ending questions that reinforce the study of invertebrate evolution
- Provides background in basic systematic analysis, useful within any study of biodiversity
Table of Contents
Setting the Stage for a Full Treatment of Invertebrates. Invertebrates and Biodiversity. Invertebrates and Systematics. Invertebrates and the Base of the Tree of Life. How to Examine Invertebrates. Evo-Devo, Genomics, and DNA Sequences in Invertebrate Zoology. Diploblasts. Porifera. Placozoa. Cnidaria. Ctenophora. Choanoflagellata. Protostomes – Lophotrochozoa. Sipuncula. Mollusca and Polyplacophora. Annelida. Bryozoa. Brachiopoda and Phoronida. Minor Lophotrochozoan Phyla Entoprocta, Nemertea. Protostomes - Ecdysozoa. Arthropoda, Onychophora, and Tardigrades. Maxillopoda. Nematoda. Minor Ecdysozoan Phyla Kinorhyncha, Nematomorpha, Priapulida, and Loricifera. Unplaced Protostome Phyla. Rotifera. Chaetognatha. Platyhelminthes. Unplaced Minor Protostome Phyla Cycliophora, Gnathostomulida, Gastrotricha. Deuterostomes. Deuterostomes without Backbones, Echinodermata, Xenoturbellida, Hemichordata, Pterobranchia, Acoelomorpha. A Brief and Concise Treatment of Vertebrata.