Harvestmen: The Biology of Opiliones

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Harvard University Press, 2007 - Nature - 597 pages

This is the first comprehensive treatment of a major order of arachnids featuring more than 6,000 species worldwide, familiar in North America as daddy-longlegs but known scientifically as the Opiliones, or harvestmen. The 25 authors provide a much-needed synthesis of what is currently known about these relatives of spiders, focusing on basic conceptual issues in systematics and evolutionary ecology, making comparisons with other well-studied arachnid groups, such as spiders and scorpions. Broad in scope, the volume is aimed at raising relevant questions from a diversity of fields, indicating areas in which additional research is needed. The authors focus on both the unique attributes of harvestmen biology, as well as on biological studies conducted with harvestmen species that contribute to the understanding of behavior and evolutionary biology in general. By providing a broad taxonomic and ecological background for understanding this major arachnid group, the book should give field biologists worldwide the means to identify specimens and provide an invaluable reference for understanding harvestmen diversity and biology.

 

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Contents

Morphology and Functional Anatomy
14
Harvard University Universidade de São Paulo CP 11294
16
Phylogeny and Biogeography
62
Taxonomy
88
Cambridge MA 02138
108
Cokendolpher Instituto de Biociências
159
Paleontology
247
Cytogenetics
266
Defense Mechanisms
374
Social Behavior
400
Reproduction
414
13
425
Development
455
Ecophysiology
473
15
485
References
525

Ecology
280
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321
Natural Enemies
339
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348

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About the author (2007)

Ricardo Pinto-da-Rocha is Professor at the University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Glauco Machado is an associate researcher at the University of Sau Paulo, Brazil.

Gonzalo Giribet is Associate Professor of Biology, Harvard University.

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