Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour

Life at a Microscale

Authors: Walter, David Evans, Proctor, Heather

  • 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
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About this Textbook

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.

About the authors

Dave Walter has more than 30 years experience in the study of mites in Australia, the United States, and Canada and is an author of numerous research papers, book chapters, books, interactive keys, and webpages on mite ecology, behaviour, systematics and identification. He is especially interested in the roles that mites play in biological diversity in the soil and in the canopy of rainforests and in the interactions of mites with plants and animals. Dave was formerly a Senior Lecturer at the University of Queensland and a Senior Research Scientist at Colorado State University. Currently, Dave is a scientist at the Royal Alberta Museum where he is responsible for taxonomic advice and mite identifications for the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, Editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Acarology, and an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Alberta and the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.

Heather Proctor is a native of Alberta, Canada, where she spent many hours of her childhood collecting and watching freshwater invertebrates. Her undergraduate thesis research at the University of Alberta focused on the diversity of Albertan water mites, and was followed by an M.Sc. (U. Calgary) and Ph.D. (U.Toronto) on the predatory and reproductive biology of these fascinating animals. She has held academic positions at Queen's University in Ontario, Griffith University in Queensland, and the University of Alberta where she is now a professor. Her acarological research interests have expanded to include mites associated with birds and soil as well as water.

Reviews

From the book reviews:

“This is a very readable, easy-to-follow book. It starts with a brief introduction about mites and their ecological role and continues with the intricacies of mite biology. … Thanks to the well-organized, end-of chapter references, these readers can locate some of the original works on the subject. … It is also very well written and designed and provides  more illustrations than its predecessor. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals.” (J. M. Gonzalez, Choice, Vol. 51 (9), May, 2014)

“This book is the second edition of an overview of the mites (Acari), which explores their fascinating biology, with emphasis on ecology, evolution and behaviour. … this outstanding book is highly recommended for amateur and professional biologists, interested students, specializing acarologists and for libraries. … The entire book is written in a ‘friendly’, clear, non-obtuse style with scientific terms explained, and it gains much by the many illuminating Figures.” (Uri Gerson, Experimental and Applied Acarology, Vol. 64, 2014)


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • What Good Are Mites?

    Walter, David Evans (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • The Origin of Mites: Fossil History and Relationships

    Walter, David Evans (et al.)

    Pages 11-38

  • Systematic and Morphological Survey

    Walter, David Evans (et al.)

    Pages 39-68

  • Life Cycles, Development and Size

    Walter, David Evans (et al.)

    Pages 69-104

  • Sex and Celibacy

    Walter, David Evans (et al.)

    Pages 105-159

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7164-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-7163-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-024-0233-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mites: Ecology, Evolution & Behaviour
Book Subtitle
Life at a Microscale
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7164-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7164-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7163-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0233-9
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XIV, 494
Number of Illustrations and Tables
97 b/w illustrations, 31 illustrations in colour
Additional Information
Originally published by University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1999 (for Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, Papua New Guinea and Oceania )
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