This textbook is the most concise and readable invertebrates book in terms of detail and pedagogy (other texts do not offer boxed readings, a second color, end of chapter questions, or pronunciation guides). All phyla of invertebrates are covered (comprehensive) with an emphasis on unifying characteristics of each group.
A readable introduction to the biology of each group of invertebrates, emphasizing those characteristics that set each group apart from the others, as well as the basic vocabulary and grammar of invertebrate zoology. Includes end-of-chapter suggestions for further research with references from the primary literature. This third edition contains expanded material in areas including classification schemes, protozoans, molluscs, evolutionary relationships, and social insects. Contains a glossary and b&w photos and illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)