Top 2015 Academic Arthropod Books

These are my top 10 academic arthropod biology books for 2015. Note that the market here is almost exclusively biased towards reference works. Personal reviews available on request, for whatever they’re worth for these types of books.

See the rest of this year’s book recommendations here!

This second volume on ecdysozoans covers all animals commonly known as crustaceans. While “Crustacea” is currently not considered a monophylum, it still appears reasonable to combine its representatives in one joint volume due to their numerous shared morphological and developmental characteristics. Because of the huge variation in the amount of available developmental data between the various taxa, only the Dendrobranchiata, Astacida and Cirripedia are treated in individual chapters. The remaining data on crustacean development, usually incomplete and often patchy, is presented in two chapters summarizing early development and larval diversity, thereby also taking into account the data on fossil larval forms.


Busvine’s introductory account of the evolutionary histories of insects and mites leads on to a fascinating study of human reactions to ectoparasites. It shows how the extent of man’s curiosity about them and references to their prevalence provide a continuous commentary both on the history of biological science from Aristotle to the present day and on the modes and manners of ages past. Subjects of ribald verse, quack medicine and morbid imagination as well as literary symbols of piety, love and human insignificance, this is also the history of how medicine discovered that ectoparasites acted as transmitters for epidemic diseases.


This new book focuses on this superfamily with which the author has great familiarity and provides a detailed coverage of each subfamily, emphasising anatomy, taxonomy and systematics, biology, as well as pointing out the importance and research potential of each group. Fossil taxa are included and it also has sections on biogeography, global species richness, culturing and rearing and preparing specimens for taxonomic study. The book highlights areas where research might be particularly rewarding and suggests systems/groups that need investigation. The author provides a large compendium of references to original research on each group. This book is an essential workmate for all postgraduates and researchers working on ichneumonoid or other parasitic wasps worldwide. It will stand as a reference book for a good number of years, and while rapid advances in various fields such as genomics and host physiological interactions will lead to new information, as an overall synthesis of the current state it will stay relevant for a long time.


Reprint edition of a 1987 classic. Useful for anybody needing to identify maggots!


Associant photographie et illustration de grande qualité à des textes clairs et détaillés, ce guide de terrain présente les 160 espèces de libellules et demoiselles de l’Arctique au Sahara. Il permet une nouvelle approche de l’identification et de la détermination des espèces de libellules distribuées dans toute l’Europe et l’Afrique du Nord (ouest de la Turquie, Chypre, Maroc, Algérie, Tunisie, ainsi que les Açores, les Iles Canaries et Madère).


The World Catalogue of the Dermestidae (Coleoptera) contains the list of subfamilies, tribes and subtribes, list of genera and subgenera, systematic catalogue of all known taxons including new nomenclatorial acts, new distributional records, list of type depositions, infrasubspecific names, bibliography and alphabetical index of names of genera, subgenera and their synonyms. It contains all the taxa described until February 28, 2014.


The Catalogue of Palaearctic Coleoptera provides information about all beetles occurring in Europe, North Africa and Asia north of the tropics.


In The Greenland Entomofauna an international team of 64 taxonomic specialists provide for the first time a richly illustrated guide to the identification of the ≈1200 species of Hexapods/Insects, Arachnids and Myriapods so far known to occur in the country.


  1. Larvae of the North American caddisfly genera (trichoptera) (Heritage)

    by Glenn B. Wiggins [University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division, Paperback]
    Price: $38.95 £28.58 EUR 42,05 EUR 39,43 EUR 41,13 EUR 34,99 CDN$ 44.71

This book is the most comprehensive existing reference on the aquatic larval stages of the 149 Nearctic genera of Trichoptera, comprising more than 1400 species in North America. The book is invaluable for freshwater biologists and ecologists in identifying caddisfly in the communities they study, for students of aquatic biology as a guide to the diverse fauna of freshwater habitats, and for systematic entomologists as an atlas of the larval morphology of Trichoptera.


This is the first part of the World Catalogue of Insects of the superfamily Yponomeutoidea with the most current scientific classification, synonymies and misspellings. Primary type locations, status, depositories, reference citations, zoogeographic distributions, known host plants, explanatory notes and corrections are given. In addition, new primary types are designated, new synonymies and combinations are proposed.


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