Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America

Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America, 1st Edition

Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America, 1st Edition,James Thorp,D. Christopher Rogers,ISBN9780123814265

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A portable identification guide to invertebrates living in freshwater streams, lakes, creeks and ponds

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Key Features

  • 362 color photographs and detailed descriptions aid in the identification of species
  • Introductory chapters instruct the reader on how to use the book, different inland water habitats and basic ecological relationships of freshwater invertebrates
  • Broad taxonomic coverage is more comprehensive than any guide currently available


The Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America focuses on freshwater invertebrates that can be identified using at most an inexpensive magnifying glass. This Guide will be useful for experienced nature enthusiasts, students doing aquatic field projects, and anglers looking for the best fish bait, lure, or fly. Color photographs and art, as well as the broad geographic coverage, set this guide apart.


Aquatic ecologists working in the field, fly fishermen or other anglers, college students for use as supplement or lab manual in aquatic biologogy

James Thorp

Dr. James H. Thorp has been a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas (Lawrence, KS, USA) and a Senior Scientist in the Kansas Biological Survey since 2001. Prior to returning to his alma mater, Prof. Thorp was a Distinguished Professor and Dean at Clarkson University, Department Chair and Professor at the University of Louisville, Associate Professor and Director of the Calder Ecology Center of Fordham University, Visiting Associate Professor at Cornell, and Research Ecologist at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. He received his Baccalaureate from the University of Kansas (KU) and both Masters and Ph.D. degrees from North Carolina State. Those degrees focused on zoology, ecology, and marine biology, with an emphasis on the ecology of freshwater and marine invertebrates. Dr. Thorp is currently on the editorial board of two journals (River Research and Applications and River Systems) and is a former President of the International Society for River Science. He teaches freshwater, marine, and general ecological courses at KU, and his Masters and doctoral graduate students work on various aspects of the ecology of organisms, communities, and ecosystems in rivers, reservoirs, and wetlands. Prof. Thorp’s research interests and background are highly diverse and span the gamut from organismal biology to community, ecosystem, and macrosystem ecology. He works on both fundamental and applied research topics using descriptive, experimental, and modeling approaches in the field and lab. While his research emphasizes aquatic invertebrates, he also studies fish ecology, especially as related to food webs. He has published more than one hundred refereed journal articles, books, and chapters, including three single-volume editions of Ecology and Classification of North American Freshwater Invertebrates (edited by J.H. Thorp and A.P. Covich) and the first volume (Ecology and General Biology) in the current fourth edition.

Affiliations and Expertise

Kansas Biological Survey Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Kansas Lawrence, KS, USA

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D. Christopher Rogers


Affiliations and Expertise

Kansas Biological Survey University of Kansas Lawrence, KS, USA

View additional works by D. Christopher Rogers

Field Guide to Freshwater Invertebrates of North America, 1st Edition

Chapter 01 Using This Book Effectively

Chapter 02 General Techniques for Collecting and Identification

Chapter 03 The Nature of Inland Water Habitats

Chapter 04 A Primer on Ecological Relationships Among Freshwater Invertebrates

Chapter 05 Sponges: Phylum Porifera

Chapter 06 Hydra and Jellyfish: Phylum Cnidaria

Chapter 07 Flatworms: Phylum Platyhelminthes, Class Turbellaria

Chapter 08 Hairworms: Phylum Nematomorpha

Chapter 09 Snails: Phylum Mollusca, Class Gastropoda

Chapter 10 Mussels and Clams: Phylum Mollusca, Class Bivalvia

Chapter 11 Aquatic Segmented Worms and Leeches: Phylum Annelida

Chapter 12 Moss Animals: Phylum Ectoprocta, or Bryozoa

Chapter 13 Introduction to Freshwater Invertebrates in the Phylum Arthropoda

Chapter 14 Mites and Spiders: Subphylum Chelicerata, Class Arachnida

Chapter 15 Fairy Shrimp, Tadpole Shrimp, Clam Shrimp, and Water Fleas: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Branchiopoda

Chapter 16 Copepods, Fish Lice, and Seed Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Classes Maxillopoda and Ostracoda

Chapter 17 Aquatic Sow Bugs, Scuds, and Opossum Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Superorder Peracarida

Chapter 18 Crayfish, Crabs, and Shrimp: Subphylum Crustacea, Class Malacostraca, Order Decapoda

Chapter 19 Introduction to Insects and Their Near Relatives: Subphylum Hexapoda

Chapter 20 Mayflies: Insect Order Ephemeroptera

Chapter 21 Dragonflies and Damselflies: Insect Order Odonata

Chapter 22 Stoneflies: Insect Order Plecoptera

Chapter 23 True Bugs: Insect Order Hemiptera

Chapter 24 Hellgrammites, Spongillaflies, Caterpillars, and Others: Minor Aquatic Insect Orders

Chapter 25 Caddisflies: Insect Order Trichoptera

Chapter 26 Beetles: Insect Order Coleoptera

Chapter 27 Midges, Mosquitoes, Blackflies, and Other True Flies: Insect Order Diptera

Quotes and reviews

"IAN'S RECOMMENDATION: For anyone interested in the freshwater animals of North America."---The Guardian’s Punctuated Equilibrium

"The strength of this text lies in the narratives describing the form, function, ecology, and collection methods associated with each major group. Consequently, the book is more of a primer or an introduction to freshwater invertebrates, than a field guide. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates and general readers."--Choice, September 2011, Vol. 49, No. 01

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