Identifying British Insects and Arachnids: An Annotated Bibliography of Key Works

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Until now, individuals wishing to identify British insects have had to choose between the difficult-to-find specialist keys published in obscure literature, and the misleadingly simplistic popular guides, which cover only a fraction of the species. This book bridges the gap, providing expert guidance through the taxonomic maze. This resource contains an introduction to each group of organisms, as well as over 2,000 references selected as being the most useful and up to date for accurate identification, together with notes on their relevance and coverage. An additional chapter covers the understanding and retrieval of scientific references, with advice on using libraries and other information services. This will be an essential reference book for anyone involved in insect and arachnid identification.

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"This book is essential for any library dealing with British or Irish fauna. It is also of some wider interest because books of broader regional or worldwide coverage are also included under each insect or arachnid group." Choice

"This will be an essential reference book for those involved in insect and arachnid identification." American Entomologist

"The publication of the first edition of A Checklist of British Insects by G.S. Koet and C. Hincks in 1945 caused an upsurge in amateur and professional entomology in the British Isles, and it can be expected that this new publication will do likewise. It not only points the way into the huge literature that can be utilized for the identification of British insects and arachnids, but it outlines where more work is needed." Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Canada

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521018388
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/31/2005
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

Sources of information 1
Collembola: the springtails 21
Protura: the proturans 23
Diplura: the two-tailed bristletails 24
Thysanura: the silverfish and firebrats 25
Archaeognatha: the bristletails 26
Ephemeroptera: the mayflies or up-winged flies 27
Odonata: the dragonflies and damselflies 30
Plecoptera: the stoneflies 33
Phasmida: the stick-insects 36
Orthoptera: the grasshoppers, crickets and bush-crickets 38
Dermaptera: the earwigs 40
Blattodea: the cockroaches 42
Psocoptera: the booklice and barklice 44
Phthiraptera: the lice 47
Thysanoptera: the thrips 51
Hemiptera: the true bugs 54
Neuroptera: the lacewings 76
Megaloptera: the alderflies 78
Raphidioptera: the snakeflies 79
Coleoptera: the beetles 80
Strepsiptera: the stylops 139
Mecoptera: the scorpionflies 140
Trichoptera: the caddisflies 141
Lepidoptera: the moths and butterflies 145
Diptera: the flies 171
Siphonaptera: the fleas 194
Hymenoptera: the bees, wasps and ants 196
Class Arachnida: the spiders, harvestmen, pseudoscorpions and mites 320
Pseudoscorpiones: the pseudoscorpions 322
Opiliones: the harvestmen 324
Araneae: the spiders 326
Acari: the mites and ticks 330
Index 345
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