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  Invertebrate Structure And Function, 2/e
 
  E.J.W. Barrington
 
  9788176710855
 
  Rs 595
 
  xiv + 765 pages    Paperback
 
    This text provides a comparative treatment of animal structure and function as exemplified by the invertebrates. Breaking away from the usual rigid division into systematic groupings of animals, it presents, against an evolutionary background, a unified exposition of structure, function, and mode of life which is complementary to the usual phylogenetic approach. Opening with a discussion of the origin of life, and the biochemical and ultrastructural characteristics that are fundamental to living systems, the author shows how the potentialities of these systems are realized in diverse patterns of organization, development, and larval life. This leads to an examination of the ways in which animals interact with each other and thereby secure maximal exploitation of their environment through the very successful and often highly specialized modes of life found in such variety in the invertebrates. All undergraduates studying invertebrate zoology or comparative physiology will find this exciting book of great value.
  -   The second edition offers a more comprehensive treatment of invertebrate movements, an extended discussion of chemical communication which takes account of developments in invertebrate endocrinology, and a lengthier analysis of animal association. Numerous passages have been reworked to take account of new findings and, on occasion, to provide more explicit accounts of the experimental analysis of function where the first edition had assumed prior reading and understanding. These additions have brought with them 170 new figures and tables
 
  Table of contents
 
  Part 1 : The Foundations of Animal Life
  *  Living Systems  *  Organization and Life
  Part 2 : Movement
      *  Movement and Fibrils  *  Movement and Hydrostatics  *  Movement, Hydrostatics, and the Coelom  *  Movement and Metamerism  *  Movement and Anthropodization
  Part 3 : Aspects of Metabolism
      *  Nutrition of Protozoa  *  Nutrition of Some Lower Metazoa  *  Filter Feeding  *  Respiration  *  Excretion  *  Osmotic and Ionic Regulation
  Part 4 : Information and Control
      *  Sources of Information  *  Primitive Nervous Systems  *  Advanced Nervous Systems  *  Chemical Coordination
  Part 5 : Reproduction
  *  Patterns of Reproduction  *  Larval Forms  *  Larval Lives
  Part 6 : Associations
      *  Colonial and Social Life  *  Interspecific Associations *  Further Interspecific Associations

 Part 4 : Information and Control

 *  Sources of Information  *  Primitive Nervous Systems  *  Advanced Nervous Systems  *  Chemical Coordination

 Part 5 : Reproduction

 *  Patterns of Reproduction  *  Larval Forms  *  Larval Lives 

 Part 6 : Associations

 *  Colonial and Social Life  *  Interspecific Associations *  Further Interspecific Associations

 Index