The Biology of the Coleoptera

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Academic Press, Sep 3, 2013 - Science - 814 pages
The Biology of the Coleoptera covers the branches of modern biology of Coleoptera. The book discusses the biological study of beetles; some skeletal peculiarities and the internal structures of the adults. The text also describes some structural features of larvae and pupae; food, digestion and the alimentary canal; and blood, osmoregulation, reserves, excretion and endocrine organs. The locomotion, respiration and energetics; the senses; and the cuticular properties, appearance, color and luminosity are also considered. The book further tackles the adult and larval behavior; the development and life-cycles; and the cytology and genetics. The text also looks into water beetles; special habitats; predation and defence; and symbiotic and parasitic relations. The ecological triangle: beetles, fungi and trees; and herbivorous beetles are also looked into. The book also discusses the role of beetles as ecological indicators; and the evolutionary history of beetles. Entomologists, ecologists, and biologists will find the book useful.
 

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Contents

The Study of Beetles
1
Chapter 2 Some Skeletal Peculiarities of the Adults
15
Chapter 3 Internal Structures of the Adults
76
Chapter 4 Some Structural Features of Larvae and Pupae
119
Chapter 5 Food Digestion and the Alimentary Canal
160
Chapter 6 Blood Osmoregulation Reserves Excretion and Endocrine Organs
184
Chapter 7 Locomotion Respiration and Energetics
204
Chapter 8 The Senses
242
Chapter 14 Special Habitats
457
Chapter 15 Predation and Defence
482
Chapter 16 Symbiotic and Parasitic Relations
519
Beetles Fungi and Trees
559
Chapter 18 Herbivorous Beetles
584
Beetles as Ecological Indicators
619
Chapter 20 Evolutionary History of Beetles
658
Chapter 21 Epilogue
689

Chapter 9 Cuticular Properties Appearance Colour and Luminosity
292
Chapter 10 Adult and Larval Behaviour
322
Chapter 11 Development and Lifecycles
358
Chapter 12 Cytology and Genetics
397
Chapter 13 Water Beetles
429
Classification of Families Adopted in this Work
694
Bibliography
699
Taxonomic Index
747
Subject Index
773
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