Dragonfly Genera of the New World: An Illustrated and Annotated Key to the Anisoptera

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Dragonfly Genera of the New World is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive guide to the taxonomy and ecology of dragonflies in North, Middle, and South America. A reference of the highest quality, this book reveals the striking beauty and complexity of this diverse order.

Although Odonata—dragonflies and damselflies—are among the most studied groups of insects, until now there has been no reliable means to identify the New World genera of either group. This volume provides...

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Overview

Dragonfly Genera of the New World is a beautifully illustrated and comprehensive guide to the taxonomy and ecology of dragonflies in North, Middle, and South America. A reference of the highest quality, this book reveals the striking beauty and complexity of this diverse order.

Although Odonata—dragonflies and damselflies—are among the most studied groups of insects, until now there has been no reliable means to identify the New World genera of either group. This volume provides fully illustrated and up-to-date keys for all dragonfly genera with descriptive text for each genus, accompanied by distribution maps and 1,595 diagnostic illustrations, including wing patterns and characteristics of the genitalia.

For entomologists, limnologists, and ecologists, Dragonfly Genera of the New World is an indispensable resource for field identification and laboratory research.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Reference Reviews - Helen Ashton
This is a well-thought out and scholarly text that will appeal to workers involved in identifying numerous specimens of damselflies in the New Worlf. I will be an indispensable resource in libraries covering entomology, natural history and limnology.
Argia
This is the most important Odonate book published in several years.

— T.W. Donnelly

Agrion
A required reference for any serious student of faunistics and biogeography.

— Beth Orr

Odonatological Abstract Service
A reference of the highest quality, this book reveals their striking beauty and complexity. It is a real monumental work on odonate taxonomy and identification, and indispensable for every one working with the Odonata of the Americas. A great book.

— Martin Schorr

Odonatological Abstracts
As a superb reference work for 2 continents, written with much skill and profound command of the factual knowledge, the value of the book can be hardly exaggerated.
Florida Entomologist
The most significant contribution in decades.

— Robert Canning

American Entomologist
The authors have produced original keys that are richly illustrated... An outstanding volume that will be a long-standing contribution.

— John C. Abbott

Journal of Insect Conservation
This is a landmark publication, and a must for all serious odonatologists and New World biodiversity specialists.

— Michael Samways

Reference Reviews
This is a well-thought out and scholarly text that will appeal to workers involved in identifying numerous specimens of damselflies in the New Worlf. I will be an indispensable resource in libraries covering entomology, natural history and limnology.

— Helen Ashton

Argia - T.W. Donnelly
This is the most important Odonate book published in several years.
Agrion - Beth Orr
A required reference for any serious student of faunistics and biogeography.
Odonatological Abstract Service - Martin Schorr
A reference of the highest quality, this book reveals their striking beauty and complexity. It is a real monumental work on odonate taxonomy and identification, and indispensable for every one working with the Odonata of the Americas. A great book.
Florida Entomologist - Robert Canning
The most significant contribution in decades.
American Entomologist - John C. Abbott
The authors have produced original keys that are richly illustrated... An outstanding volume that will be a long-standing contribution.
Journal of Insect Conservation - Michael Samways
This is a landmark publication, and a must for all serious odonatologists and New World biodiversity specialists.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801884467
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/2006
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosser W. Garrison is an insect biosystematist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Natalia von Ellenrieder is a researcher for CONICET at IBIGEO in Salta, Argentina. Jerry A. Louton is manager of the Department of Entomology's Information Technology Unit at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Key to families 9
3 Petaluridae 13
4 Austropetaliidae 19
5 Aeshnidae 25
6 Gomphidae 65
7 Neopetaliidae 133
8 Cordulegastridae 135
9 Libellulidae : key to subfamilies 139
10 Macromiinae 141
11 Corduliinae 145
12 Libellulinae 173
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