By Michael Allaby
This dictionary is a complete and up to date reference paintings on all facets of the examine of animals. Now totally revised for this re-creation, with over 5,000 entries, it truly is perfect for college students and should be beneficial to beginner naturalists and all people with an curiosity within the topic. Key gains of this moment version: * large insurance together with animal habit, ecology, body structure, genetics, cytology, evolution, Earth background, zoogeography * complete taxonomic assurance of arthropods, different invertebrates, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals * thoroughly revised to include the hot discovery of 'extremophiles'--organisms residing in environments previously thought of impossibly hostile--and the taxonomic reclassification that this has entailed * New entries on genetics, evolutionary experiences, and mammalian body structure
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Anguilliform Anguis fragllis (blindworm, slowworm) See ANGUIDAE. In mammals it forms the *tympanic bone. angwantibo (Aretocabus calabarensis) See LORIDAE. America. Anhinga (darters) See ANHINGIDAE. anhingas See PELECANIFORMES. There is one genus, Anhinga, with four species, often considered to be one, found in all the major continents except Europe. See also CORAL SNAKES. animal A multicellular, heterotrophic organism that develops from an *embryo derived from *gametes produced in specialized organs or surrounded by somatic cells.
Anthomedusae See GYMNOBLASTINA. More than 1000 species have been described. Anthonomus grandis (cotton boll weevil) See CURCULIONIDAE. One subfamily, the five genera comprising the Nomadinae, consists entirely of parasitic or cuckoo bees, the females of which have lost the pollen scopa and lay their eggs in the nests of other bee species. Anthozoans first appeared in the *Ordovician. Anthracosauria A group of early (*Carboniferous and Lower *Permian) reptiles that were transitional from the *Labyrinthodontia.
Aotus (night monkey) See CEBIDAE. Fewer than 12 species have been recorded, from Australia and southeast Asia, where they are usually found in rain forest. America. As longtailed monkeys ('tailed apes', or cercopitheci) became better known, 'ape' came to mean primarily 'tailless ape', and today commonly denotes a member of the *Hominoidea, comprising lesser apes (gibbons) and great apes (orangutan, gorilla, chimpanzee, and, in some usages, human). apertural Applied to the end or area of a mollusc shell that contains the aperture out of which soft, internal body parts may emerge.