Originally published by University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1999 (for Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Oceania )
2nd ed. 2013, XIV, 494 p. 128 illus., 31 illus. in color.
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Aimed at the general naturalist and other non-experts
Ideal for students and researchers unfamiliar with mites
Lavishly illustrated with drawings and electron micrographs
The only introductory book on mite behaviour and ecology in English
What creatures live in the dark depths of the ocean, in the lungs of birds, in the canopies of rainforests and in the pillow beneath your head? MITES. Wherever biologists have peered, from forest floors to facial pores, they have found these tiny arachnids. More than 40,000 species have been described, and up to 1 million may grace our planet. Mites are predators, parasites, herbivores and detritivores. They are 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 testing ecological and evolutionary theories.
Richly illustrated with 128 diagrams, pictures and scanning-electron micrographs, 31 of which are in colour, Mites: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour (2nd edition) combines the authors’ more than 50 years of experience as acarologists with reviews of more than 1600 journal articles and books (450 of these new since the first edition) to reveal the bizarre ingenuity and the importance of these fascinating animals.
Preface to the second edition 1. What good are mites? 2. The origin of mites: fossil history and relationships 3. Systematic and morphological survey 4. Life cycles, development and size 5. Sex and celibacy 6. Mites in soil & litter systems 7. Acari underwater, or, why did mites take the plunge? 8. Mites on Plants 9. Animals as habitats 10. Mites that cause and transmit disease 11. Mites & biological diversity 12. Mites as models