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The Biology of Blood-Sucking in Insects - M. J. Lehane

The Biology of Blood-Sucking in Insects

Paperback Published: 1st April 2005
ISBN: 9780521543958
Number Of Pages: 336

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Blood-sucking insects transmit many of the most debilitating diseases to man including malaria, sleeping sickness, filariasis, dengue, typhus and plague. Additionally these insects cause major economic losses in agriculture by direct damage to livestock. This new edition of The Biology of Blood-Sucking in Insects has been fully updated since it was first published in 1991. It provides a unique, topic-led commentary on the biological aspects that are common to blood-sucking insects. This account focuses on the biological adaptations that clearly suit the blood-sucking habit and further discusses host-insect interactions and the transmission of parasites by blood-sucking insects. It also outlines the medical, social and economic impact of blood-sucking insects. The final chapter is designed as a useful quick-reference section. Written in a clear, concise fashion and well illustrated throughout, the text will be of direct interest to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of medical and veterinary entomology and parasitology.

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'In this well-written book, Lehane provides a masterly and well-referenced summary of key aspects of the biology of blood-sucking habit ... This is an accessible and comprehensive introduction to this important subject and deserves to be widely used.' Biologist '... provides perhaps the most comprehensive, and a very readable, teaching text for medical entomology available today ... the book provides an excellent start point for students and researchers into all the subject areas associated with blood-feeding insects ... This is a great follow up to a good first edition. The Biology of Blood-Sucking in Insects will be used by teachers of medical entomology, and the cost leaves it well within the student budget. I will be recommending this excellent text to my students.' Parasitology '... a useful and up-to-date book that will be of interest to medical and veterinary medical entomologists and parasitologists ...' Journal of Insect Conservation

List of tablesp. vii
List of boxesp. x
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
The importance of blood-sucking insectsp. 1
The evolution of the blood-sucking habitp. 7
Prolonged close association with vertebratesp. 7
Morphological pre-adaptation for piercingp. 13
Feeding preferences of blood-sucking insectsp. 15
Host choicep. 15
Host choice and species complexesp. 24
Location of the hostp. 27
A behavioural framework for host locationp. 27
Appetitive searchingp. 29
Activation and orientationp. 32
Attractionp. 49
Movement between hostsp. 52
Ingestion of the blood mealp. 56
Probing stimulantsp. 56
Mouthpartsp. 57
Vertebrate haemostasisp. 64
Host painp. 68
Insect anti-haemostatic and anti-pain factors in salivap. 69
Phagostimulantsp. 76
Blood intakep. 78
Managing the blood mealp. 84
Midgut anatomyp. 84
The blood mealp. 87
Gonotrophic concordancep. 96
Nutritionp. 98
Host hormones in the blood mealp. 103
Partitioning of resources from the blood mealp. 106
Autogenyp. 109
Host-insect interactionsp. 116
Insect distribution on the surface of the hostp. 117
Morphological specializations for life on the hostp. 121
Host immune responses and insect salivary secretionsp. 126
Behavioural defences of the hostp. 134
Density-dependent effects on feeding successp. 142
Transmission of parasites by blood-sucking insectsp. 150
Transmission routesp. 150
Specificity in vector-parasite relationshipsp. 163
Origin of vector-parasite relationshipsp. 167
Parasite strategies for contacting a vectorp. 170
Parasite strategies for contacting a vertebrate hostp. 177
Vector pathology caused by parasitesp. 179
Vector immune mechanismsp. 184
The blood-sucking insect groupsp. 202
Insect classificationp. 202
Phthirapterap. 204
Hemipterap. 208
Siphonapterap. 213
Dipterap. 219
Other groupsp. 257
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 312
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ISBN: 9780521543958
ISBN-10: 0521543959
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.49  x 1.63
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised