© 2000

Desert Arthropods: Life History Variations

  • How various life history parameters are subject to natural selection and how they contribute to the fitness of arthropods who inhabit one of the most hostile and unpredictable environments on earth


Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Fred Punzo
    Pages 15-45
  3. Fred Punzo
    Pages 47-74
  4. Fred Punzo
    Pages 75-103
  5. Fred Punzo
    Pages 105-156
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 185-230

About this book


This book is a basic account of the life cycles and life history strategies of the major groups of desert arthropods. It covers a wide variety of topics including an overview of major adaptations in desert arthropods, characteristic features of deserts, a comprehensive review of life history theory, and a detailed description of embryonic and postembryonic development. The book also provides an in-depth discussion of the life history traits in these animals including development time, growth rates and patterns, age and size at maturity, size and number of offspring, sex ratios, costs associated with reproduction and longevity, and explains how these traits are inextricably connected by various trade-offs including those between current reproduction and survival, current and future reproduction, and between number, size and sex of offspring. Finally, the relationship between behavioral ecology and life history traits is discussed.


Desert Entwicklung Gliederfüßer Lebenszyklen Life history arthropods behavioral ecology development insects life cycle

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of BiologyUniversity of TampaTampaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Desert Arthropods: Life History Variations
  • Authors Fred Punzo
  • Series Title Adaptations of Desert Organisms
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-66041-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-08532-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-04090-4
  • Series ISSN 1430-9432
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 230
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Animal Ecology
    Physical Geography
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


From the reviews
"... this book is a must for libraries of ecological and entomological institutions." (Journal of General and Applied Entomlogy, 2002, Vol. 25, Issue 4)