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Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands

An International Perspective on their Ecology

Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands by Darold Batzer
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Wetlands are among the world’s most valuable and most threatened habitats, and in these crucially important ecosystems, the invertebrate fauna holds a focal position. Most of the biological diversity in wetlands is found within resident invertebrate assemblages, and those invertebrates are the primary trophic link between lower plants and higher vertebrates (e.g. amphibians, fish, and birds). As such, most scientists, managers, consultants, and students who work in the world’s wetlands should become better informed about the invertebrate components in their habitats of interest. Our book serves to fill this need by assembling the world’s most prominent ecologists working on freshwater wetland invertebrates, and having them provide authoritative perspectives on each the world’s most important freshwater wetland types. The initial chapter of the book provides a primer on freshwater wetland invertebrates, including how they are uniquely adapted for life in wetland environments and how they contribute to important ecological functions in wetland ecosystems. The next 15 chapters deal with invertebrates in the major wetlands across the globe (rock pools, alpine ponds, temperate temporary ponds, Mediterranean temporary ponds, turloughs, peatlands, permanent marshes, Great Lakes marshes, Everglades, springs, beaver ponds, temperate floodplains, neotropical floodplains, created wetlands, waterfowl marshes), each chapter written by groups of prominent scientists intimately knowledgeable about the individualwetland types. Each chapter reviews the relevant literature, provides asynthesis of the most important ecological controls on the residentinvertebrate fauna, and highlights important conservation concerns. The finalchapter synthesizes the 15 habitat-based chapters, providing a macroscopicperspective on natural variation of invertebrate assemblage structure acrossthe world’s wetlands and a paradigm for understanding how global variation andenvironmental factors shape wetland invertebrate communities.
Springer International Publishing; February 2016
647 pages; ISBN 9783319249780
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Title: Invertebrates in Freshwater Wetlands
Author: Darold Batzer; Dani Boix
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