Richard C. Brusca, University of Arizona, and Emeritus, Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum, Wendy Moore,...
Richard C. Brusca, University of Arizona, and Emeritus, Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum, Wendy Moore, University of Arizona, and Stephen M. Shuster, Northern Arizona University, with 22 contributors
“Vives félicitations aux auteurs et éditeurs de cet excellent et brillant volume.”
—Pierre Jolivet, L'Entomologiste
“A wonderful book, and one remains amazed at the perfection of this edition, full color, and the precision and detail of the figures. … A masterpiece that will dominate the phylogeny for many, many years.”
—Pierre Jolivet, L'Entomologiste, Paris (from the original French)
“Through all my years of full-time teaching (starting in 1992) I consistently had a copy of the most recent text by Brusca on my shelf as a reference book, but this edition, IMO, finally nailed it as a teaching text. … This text, now co-authored by Richard Brusca, Wendy Moore, and Stephen Shuster, is much more readable and student friendly than past editions. In fact, it's downright fantastic. … The overall approach is comparative anatomy. … Before I decided whether to adopt this textbook I took a careful look at its treatment of several taxa that have been problematic in the past. … In every case this book's treatment of these and all taxa I have reviewed includes up-to-date systematics. I am also pleased to see the updated treatment and taxonomy of all eukarya in Chapter 3. … I am impressed by the layout of each chapter. In most invert textbooks taxonomic information is relegated to the back of a chapter where students may or may not give it only a cursory glance. Brusca's team, however, puts the taxonomy right up front and [provides] a brief history of the taxonomy of each major group. This provides an interesting context that allows students to see how science works as we uncover new observations and apply new methods, in this case improving the taxonomy and systematics of animal life. The chapter layout should also make this an easy text to teach from and learn from. … The addition of color photos to supplement the excellent stipple line drawings is also a hallmark of this title. I can't wait to get started using this textbook in the classroom. … 5 solid stars for what I believe is the gold standard of textbooks in this field of study.”
“I am so thrilled that we finally getting a third edition of Invertebrates! I’ve been teaching invertebrate zoology for over 15 years and this text is superior to any other on the market!”
—Tamara J. Cook, Sam Houston State University
For the Instructor (Available to Qualified Adopters)
Instructor’s Resource Library
Available to qualified adopters, the Instructor’s Resource Library for Invertebrates, Third Edition contains an extensive collection of images for use in teaching the course:
- Textbook Figures and Tables: All of the textbook’s figures and tables are included as both high- and low-resolution JPEGs, for easy use in presentation software, learning management systems, and assessments. New for the Third Edition, this now includes all of the textbook's photographs.
- Supplemental Photo Collection: This collection of over 900 photographs depicts organisms that span the entire range of phyla covered in the textbook.
- PowerPoint Presentations: Two ready-to-use PowerPoint presentations are provided for each chapter of the textbook: one that contains all of the textbook figures and tables, and one that contains all of the relevant photos from the supplemental photo collection.
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Errata for the First Printing
Preface to the Third Edition, p. XIV, left column, 8 lines from the bottom
Text correction: The basal, diploblastic phyla have been shuffled about near the base of the Metazoa tree, and they might continue to shuffle about for a bit longer.
Preface to the Third Edition, p. XIV
R.C.B., W.M., S.M.S.
Chapter 1, p. 9, right column, last sentence of first paragraph
Text correction: About 15,000 to 20,000 new species are named and described by biologists each year, most of them invertebrates (mainly insects).
Chapter 1, p. 24, left column, line 22 from the top
Text correction: Imagine what will happen to the giant fig trees of the tropics (Ficus is the most widespread plant genus in the tropics) as they lose the single parasitic wasp varieties that pollinate each of the 900 or so species.
Chapter 3, p. 114
Text correction, Figure 3.42 title: Phylum Parabasalida.
Chapter 5, p. 199
The heading “Settling and Metamorphosis” should be a subheading of “Indirect Development” on p. 197.
Chapter 7, p. 265, fifth line from the top
Text correction: There are about 13,200 living described species of cnidarians.
Chapter 7, p. 283
Text correction, Figure 7.10, end of caption: (C) Vellela skeletons in beach wrack, coast of Washington State (USA).
Chapter 13, p. 517
Text correction, Figure 13.48 caption: Stacks of Crepidula fornicata, a slipper shell (Caenogastropoda) displaying sequential hermaphroditism.
Chapter 20, p. 71
Table 20.1: The first column heading should read “Phylum/Subphylum” (not just “Phylum”).
Chapter 25, p. 973, left column, first order
Text correction: ORDER COMATULIDA. Feather stars and their allies. Stem usually lost following postlarval stage; feather stars retain only the most proximal stem element bearing anchoring hooklike cirri; species retaining the stalk as adults lack cirri. (e.g., Antedon, Bourgeticrinus, Comatula, Mariametra, Tropiometra)
Running heads for Chapters 23 and 24 should read “ARTHROPODA.”