Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour Life at a Microscale, 2nd Edition by Evans Walter and C. Proctor :: Most mites are minuscule, barely perceptible to even the sharpest eyes, but size is a poor guide to importance. When a crop disappears under a blanket of silk or stored food turns into a seething mass of hairy motes, then the numbers of mites will be legion. If the mite is an itch mite burrowing in one’s skin or a tick or chigger injecting virulent rickettsiae into one’s blood, then a single mite may be enough to affect one’s life dramatically.
More than 40,000 species of mites have been described, and up to 1 million may exist on earth. These tiny arachnids play many ecological roles including acting as vectors of disease, vital players in soil formation, and important agents of biological control. But despite the grand diversity of mites, even trained biologists are often unaware of their significance. Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (2nd edition) aims to fill the gaps in our understanding of these intriguing creatures. It surveys life cycles, feeding behaviour, reproductive biology and host-associations of mites without requiring prior knowledge of their morphology or taxonomy. Topics covered include evolution of mites and other arachnids, mites in soil and water, mites on plants and animals, sperm transfer and reproduction, mites and human disease, and mites as models for ecological and evolutionary theories.
Mites Ecology Evolution Behaviour Life at a Microscale
Title: Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour Life at a
Editor: David Evans Walter
Heather C. Proctor
Edition: 2nd, illustrated, Expanded
Publisher: Springer
Length: 505 pages
Size: 10.9 MB
Language: English


Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour: Life at a Microscale

Author(s): David Evans Walter, Heather C. Proctor (auth.)

Publisher: Springer Netherlands, Year: 2013

ISBN: 978-94-007-7163-5

[PDF] Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour Life at a Microscale, 2nd Edition by Evans Walter and C. Proctor Table Of Contents

Front Matter….Pages i-xiv
What Good Are Mites?….Pages 1-10
The Origin of Mites: Fossil History and Relationships….Pages 11-38
Systematic and Morphological Survey….Pages 39-68
Life Cycles, Development and Size….Pages 69-104
Sex and Celibacy….Pages 105-159
Mites in Soil and Litter Systems….Pages 161-228
Acari Underwater, or, Why Did Mites Take the Plunge?….Pages 229-280
Mites on Plants….Pages 281-339
Animals as Habitats….Pages 341-422
Mites That Cause and Transmit Disease….Pages 423-445
Mites and Biological Diversity….Pages 447-459
Mites as Models….Pages 461-470
Back Matter….Pages 471-494


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