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This textbook is the most concise and readable invertebrates book in terms of detail and pedagogy (other texts do not offer boxed readings, a second color, end of chapter questions, or pronunciation guides). All phyla of invertebrates are covered (comprehensive) with an emphasis on unifying characteristics of each group.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction and Environmental Considerations
2 Invertebrate Classification and Relationships
3 The Protists
4 The Poriferans and Placozoans
5 Introduction to the Hydrostatic Skeleton
6 The Cnidarians
7 The Ctenophores
8 The Platyhelminthes
9 The Mesozoand: Possible Flatworm Relatives
10 The Gnathifera: Rotifers, Acanthocephalans, and Two Smaller Groups
11 The Nemertines
12 The Molluscs
13 The Annelids
14 The Arthropods
15 Two Phyla of Likely Arthropod Relatives: Tardigrades and Onychophorans
16 The Nematodes
17 Four Phyla of Likely Nematode Relatives: Nematomorpha, Priapulida, Kinorhyncha, and Loricifera
18 Three Phyla of Uncertain Affiliation: Gastrotricha, Chaetognatha, and Cyliophora
19 The Lophophorates (Phoronids, Brachiopods, Bryozoans) and Entoprocts
20 The Echinoderms
21 The Hemichordates
22 The Xenoturbellids: Deuterostomes at Last?
23 The Nonvertebrate Chordates
24 Invertebrate Reproduction and Development--An Overview