The Biology of Centipedes

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 15, 2007 - Science - 488 pages
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This is a comprehensive account of centipede biology providing a critical review of the work covering anatomy, behaviour, reproduction and life history, predators and parasites, physiology, ecology and taxonomy. It is an important source-book of particular value to scientists working directly with this group and to soil ecologists and those more generally interested in arthropods, arthropod affinities and their evolution. This is a book from an internationally respected scientist and includes many first-hand accounts of his own work both on temperate and tropical species.
  

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The critical and very interesting fact that Centipes (in spite of the large variety in length) have only odd number of leg pairs is not mentioned (that I can see). .

Contents

Introduction
1
External morphology and functional anatomy
7
The integument moulting and regeneration
47
The musculature and endoskeleton
67
The nervous system and sense organs
85
Sensory responses and related behaviour
119
Endocrinology
131
The alimentary canal
141
Head glands
230
The Malpighian tubules and nephridia
239
The reproductive system and reproduction
252
Postembryonic development and life history
299
Epidermal glands and their function defence and predators
337
Parasites
359
Physiology and ecology
375
Taxonomy
407

The poison glands
156
Feeding and digestion
167
The respiratory system
189
The circulatory system
209
Pigments
220
Connective tissue and fat body
226
Relationships of the chilopod orders
418
The classification of the Chilopoda
425
Bibliography
429
Index
457
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