Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour

Life at a Microscale

  • David Evans Walter
  • Heather C. Proctor

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 1-10
  3. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 11-38
  4. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 39-68
  5. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 69-104
  6. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 105-159
  7. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 161-228
  8. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 229-280
  9. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 281-339
  10. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 341-422
  11. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 423-445
  12. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 447-459
  13. David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor
    Pages 461-470
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 471-494

About this book

Introduction

           What creatures live in the dark depths of the ocean, in the lungs of birds, in the canopies of rainforests and in the pillow beneath your head? MITES. Wherever biologists have peered, from forest floors to facial pores, they have found these tiny arachnids. More than 40,000 species have been described, and up to 1 million may grace our planet. Mites are predators, parasites, herbivores and detritivores. They are vectors of disease, vital players in soil formation and important agents of biological control. But despite the grand diversity of mites, even trained biologists are often unaware of their significance.

            Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (2nd edition) aims to fill the gaps in our understanding of these intriguing creatures. It surveys life cycles, feeding behaviour, reproductive biology and host-associations of mites without requiring prior knowledge of their morphology or taxonomy. Topics covered include evolution of mites and other arachnids, mites in soil and water, mites on plants and animals, sperm transfer and reproduction, mites and human disease, and mites as models for testing ecological and evolutionary theories.

            Richly illustrated with 128 diagrams, pictures and scanning-electron micrographs, 31 of which are in colour, Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (2nd edition) combines the authors’ more than 50 years of experience as acarologists with reviews of more than 1600 journal articles and books (450 of these new since the first edition) to reveal the bizarre ingenuity and the importance of these fascinating animals.

Keywords

Acarology Ecology Entomology Evolution Mites

Authors and affiliations

  • David Evans Walter
    • 1
  • Heather C. Proctor
    • 2
  1. 1.Invertebrate ZoologyUniversity of the Sunshine Coast, Royal Alberta MuseumEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Biological SciencesUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7164-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7163-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7164-2
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