"Invertebrates: Protozoa to Echinodermata" provides an in depth coverage all major topics related with various invertebrates groups starting from Protozoa to Echinodermata, emphasizing their structure, function and adaptations. It deals with important features like osmoregulation, nutrition, locomotion, reproduction of protozoa including disease producing protozoa, the amazing phenomenon of polymorphism and alternation of generation in coelenterates, the wonderful world of corals including their power of defense. The parasitic helminthes, their adaptations to the parasitic mode of life and the plant parasitic nematodes have also been discussed. Minor phyla also find elaborate description. Different aspects of arthropods like parasitism and larval forms in crustaceans, biology of Sacculina, respiration, mouthparts and metamorphic events in insects, including useful insects have also been illustrated. Groups like priapulida, bryozoa and chaetognatha find special mention. The text also includes different aspects of mollusks like torsion, adaptive radiation, foot and shell along with brain and sense organs in cephalopods and symmetry, coelom and larval forms in echinoderms.
Finally, an outline classification of all major invertebrate phyla has been given. It is an authoritative source for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate study as well as for competitive examinations.
Ashok Verma.: Department of Zoology Dr. S.P.Mukherjee Govt. Degree College
Preface/ Osmoregulation in Protozoa/ Nutrition in Protozoa/ Locomotion in Protozoa/ Reproduction in Protozoa/ Ciliophora is the most highly evolved group of phylum Protozoa/ Parasitic Protozoa with special reference to man/ Nucleus in Protozoa/ General Organisation and affinities of Mesozoa/ General Organisation and affinities of Porifera/ Canal System in Porifera/ Reproduction in Porifera/ Skeleton in Porifera/ Alternation of Generation in Coelenterates/ Origin and Affinities of Metazoa/ Polymorphism in Coelenterates/ Structure, Formation and economic importance of Corals/ Coral Reef Formation/ Structure and Functions of Nematocysts/ General Organisation and Affinities of Ctenophora/ Parasitic helminthes of man and domesticated animals/ Biology and control of filarial worm Wucheria bancrofti/ Biology of phytoparasitic nematode- Heterodera/ Phytoparasitism and control of phytoparastic nematode/ Biology of Soil nematode - Agamersis/ Biology of Bloodfluke - Schistosoma/ Parasites and Parasitism/ Parasitic adaptations in Helminthes/ Biology and control of Trypanosoma/ General Organisation and Affinities of Rotifera/ General Organisation and Affinities of Acanthocephala/ Coelom in Annelida/ General Organisation and Affinities of Archiannelida/ Segmental organs in Annelida/ Adaptive Radiation in Polychaeta/ General Organisation and Affinities of Echiurida/ General Organisation and Affinities of Sipunculida/ General Organisation and Affinities of Onychophora/ General Organisation and Affinities of Trilobites/ General Organisation and Affinities of Limulus/ Sense Organs in Arthropoda/ Respiration in Arthropoda/ Biology of Sacculina/ Larval forms in Crustacea/ Parasitism in Crustacea/ Mouthparts in Insects/ Metamorphosis in Insects/ Useful Insects/ Elements of Insect Control/ Ancestral Molluscs/ Torsion in Gastropoda/ Adaptive Radiation in Gastropoda/ Foot in Mollusca/ Shell in Mollusca/ Brain and Sense organs in Cephalopoda/ General Organisation and affinities of Priapulida/ General Organisation and affinities of Bryozoa/ General Organisation and affinities of Phoronida/ General Organisation and affinities of Brachiopoda/ General Organisation and affinities of Chaetognatha/ Coelom in Echinodermata/ Symmetry in Echinodermata/ Larval forms in Echinodermata/ Origin and affinities of Echinodermata/ Classification of Animals/ Select Readings/ Author Index/ Subject Index