A Basic Glossary of Invertebrate Zoology


Those who study invertebrate animals are expected to learn hundreds of scientific words and names and apply them correctly to a diverse array of taxa and their internal organs, appendages, and larvae.

This glossary was written to help students with this task, and it guides the reader through over 900 of the most common terms in the field. Each word is thoughtfully defined and cross-referenced, and each is given its proper taxonomic context based on the latest scientific studies.

This is an authoritative glossary of over 900 terms in the field of invertebrate zoology, which is the study of all animals without backbones, including many single-celled organisms. A major impediment for students of the subject is its vast specialized terminology, and online resources are often of unknown quality and authorship.

At the beginning there is a guide to Latin and Greek plurals and root words, with examples from invertebrates, and there are easily understood pronunciation guides for unfamiliar words. At the end there is a summary of synonyms and near-synonyms, as well as references for further reading.


It is the perfect resource for biology students and nature-lovers everywhere.



Ron Clouse received his master’s degree in zoology from the University of Florida and his doctorate in biology from Harvard University.

He has published scientific articles on the behavior, ecology, systematics, biogeography, and genetics of various invertebrate animals, including wasps, ants, flies, sea cucumbers, and harvestmen, as well as studies on malaria and certain gene families in plants.

He has traveled on expeditions to Micronesia, New Guinea, Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and various areas in the United States, including the Pacific Northwest, the Florida Everglades, and the Southern Appalachians.



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