Title Guide to Venomous and Medically Important Invertebrates
Author David E. Bowles, James A. Swaby, Harold J. Harlan
ISBN 9781486308842
List price USD 47.99
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 240
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher CSIRO Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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Sales territory India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, .
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“With such terrific images, useful distribution maps, and a writing style that is easily digestible, GVMII will prove to be a useful reference for many years to come.”
Stephen Doggett, FOAPMA Newsletter


Though many are harmless and even beneficial, invertebrates are some of the world’s most feared and dangerous creatures.

Guide to Venomous and Medically Important Invertebrates describes the health threats posed by invertebrate groups worldwide, from physical pain and annoyance to disease transmission risk. Featuring clear photographs, distribution maps and descriptions of biological, physical and behavioural characteristics of key groups, this book aids identification of potentially harmful invertebrates. It also summarises personal protection measures to reduce the risk of attack and disease, and provides guidance on treatment.

This book will help to protect the health of travellers and serve as a reference for medical personnel working in high-risk areas, as well as those interested in entomology.


  • An essential guide for identifying and mitigating risks from invertebrates worldwide
  • Provides distribution maps, key features, photographs and general descriptions of the most dangerous invertebrates
  • Summarises expected reactions to invertebrate attacks, and their treatment (if known)
  • Describes personal protective measures and provides recommendations that individuals can use to protect themselves from dangerous invertebrates



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Dangerous invertebrates

Invertebrate threats

Personal protection measures

Sponges (Phylum Porifera)

Coelenterates (Phylum Cnidaria: jellyfish, sea anemones, sea fans, corals)

Bryozoans (Phylum Bryozoa)

Echinoderms (Phylum Echinodermata: sea stars, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers)

Segmented worms (Phylum Annelida: leeches, polychaetes)

Molluscs (Phylum Mollusca: cephalopods, cone shells, sea butterflies, sea slugs, snails)

Spiders (Order Araneae)

Scorpions (Order Scorpiones)

Mites and chiggers (Subclass Acari)

Ticks (Subclass Acari)

Centipedes and millipedes (Classes Chilopoda and Diplopoda)


Lice (Order Phthiraptera)

Cockroaches (Order Blattodea)

True bugs (Order Hemiptera)

Ants, bees, wasps and hornets (Order Hymenoptera)

Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

Beetles (Order Coleoptera)

Flies (Order Diptera)

Fleas (Order Siphonaptera)

Selected references

Web-based sources of hazardous invertebrate references and information


Appendix 1: United States Environmental Protection Agency registered repellent efficacy and use assessments

Appendix 2: United States Environmental Protection Agency registered repellent safety data and safety assessments

Appendix 3: Some United States Environmental Protection Agency registered commercial insect repellent product information

Appendix 4: Likely human allergens in botanical repellents

Appendix 5: Personal health summary example

Appendix 6: Medically important and venomous invertebrates of the world

Appendix 7: Common vector-borne diseases, their vectors, distribution, symptoms, vaccines and chemoprophylaxis


About the Authors:

Doctors David Bowles, James Swaby and Harold Harlan are retired United States military medical entomologists. They have more than 90 years’ collective experience working with and publishing on venomous and medically important invertebrates from around the world.

Target Audience:

This book will serve as a reference for medical personnel working in high-risk areas, as well as those interested in entomology.


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