Biodiversity: The Abundance of Life

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 24, 1997 - Nature - 124 pages
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This series of topic books is suitable for students studying a wide range of biological subjects at advanced level, or as part of a vocational course. The series brings together topics that are now part of A-level courses, but which are seldom covered in sufficient depth in traditional textbooks. Biodiversity, first published in 1997, studies the great diversity of organisms which occur on Earth. It addresses how global diversity has evolved and how it is monitored. The text also considers how biodiversity can be maintained under present day threats such as global climate change, pollution and increasing human populations.
 

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Contents

The diversity of life
1
12 Identifying species
2
13 Classification of life forms
5
Microorganisms
12
22 Protists included in Kingdom Protoctista
19
23 Algae included in Kingdom Protoctista
23
24 Fungi Kingdom Fungi
26
25 Viruses
32
46 Echinoderms Phylum Echinodermata
70
Arthropods Phylum Arthropoda
73
52 Insects Class Insecta
76
53 Other arthropods
86
Chordates Phylum Chordata
89
62 Fishes
90
63 Amphibians Class Amphibia
95
64 Reptiles Class Reptilia
96

Plants
37
32 Mosses and liverworts Phylum Bryophyta
38
33 Ferns Phylum Filicinophyta
42
34 Gymnosperms
45
35 Angiosperms
48
Invertebrates other than arthropods
52
42 Platyhelminths Phylum Platyhelminthes
56
43 Nematodes Phylum Nematoda
60
44 Annelids Phylum Annelida
62
45 Molluscs Phylum Mollusca
67
65 Birds Class Aves
97
66 Mammals Class Mammalia
103
Maintaining biodiversity
105
72 Extinction
110
73 Conservation
116
74 What of the future?
120
Further reading
121
Index
122
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