Excellent text on the invertebrates
|von Gary J. Brusca|
Brusca and Brusca's book, INVERTEBRATES, presents a wonderful treatment of this extremely diverse group of animals. The continuous themes of body plan, development, and evolutionary relationships provide a continuous focus for the book.
There is ample material in this book for any most groups of invertebrates. This book would work well for an undergraduate or a graduate level course. The line drawings and BW photos are great. The text is well written, and comprehensive taxonomic information is included.
I hope Brusca and Brusca come out with a 2nd edition, since this book was published ten years ago. If they do, it will be a top candidate for my invert zool course in the future.
This is a really amazing book. Goes way beyond the usual listing of features often found in comparative zoology type books, and pulls out underlying themes. Moreover, it is written in a way that makes for relaxing reading. Even the obligatory section on "why we should care about taxonomy" was an interesting read, not the chore that it tends to be in books like this. Excellent illustrations, clear explanations, wealth of information. This book will be a classic.