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: 9780521632416
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Edition description: Annotated
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Acknowledgements; 1. Sources of information Julie M. V. Harvey; 2. Collembola: the Springtails Peter C. Barnard; 3. Protura: the Proturans Peter C. Barnard; 4. Diplura: the Two-tailed Bristle-tails Peter C. Barnard; 5. Thysanura: the Silverfish and Firebrats Peter C. Barnard; 6. Archaeognatha: the Bristletails Peter C. Barnard; 7. Ephemeroptera: the Mayflies or Up-winged Flies Stephen J. Brooks; 8. Odonata: the Dragonflies and Damselflies Stephen J. Brooks; 9. Plecoptera: the Stoneflies Stephen J. Brooks; 10. Phasmida: the Stick-insects Judith A. Marshall; 11. Orthoptera: the Grasshoppers, Crickets and Bush-crickets Judith A. Marshall; 12. Dermaptera: the Earwigs Judith A. Marshall; 13. Blattodea: the Cockroaches Judith A. Marshall; 14. Psocoptera: the Booklice and Barklice Jon H. Martin; 15. Phthiraptera: the Lice Chris H. C. Lyal; 16. Thysanoptera: the Thrips Jon H. Martin; 17. Hemiptera: the True Bugs Jon H. Martin and Mick D. Webb; 18. Neuroptera: the Lacewings Peter C. Barnard; 19. Megaloptera the Alderflies Peter C. Barnard; 20. Raphidoptera: the Snakeflies Peter C. Barnard; 21. Coleoptera: the Beetles Peter M. Hammond and Stuart J. Hine; 22. Strepsiptera: the Stylops Peter M. Hammond and Stuart J. Hine; 23. Mecoptera: the Scorpionflies Peter C. Barnard; 24. Trichoptera: the Caddisflies Peter C. Barnard; 25. Lepidoptera: the Moths and Butterflies Mark A. Parsons, Gaden S. Robinson, Martin R. Honey, and David J. Carter; 26. Diptera: the Flies Nigel P. Wyatt and John E. Chainey; 27. Siphonaptera the Fleas Theresa M. Howard; 28. Hymenoptera: the Bees, Wasps and Ants John S. Noyes, Mike G. Fitton, Donald L. J. Quicke, David G. Notton, George R. Else, Nigel D. M. Ferguson, Barry Bolton, Suzanne Lewis and Laraine C. Tarel; 29. Pseudoscorpiones: the Pseudoscorpions Paul D. Hillyard; 30. Opiliones: the Harvestmen Paul D. Hillyard; 31. Araneae: the Spiders Paul D. Hillyard; 32. Acari: the Mites and Ticks Anne S. Baker; Index.

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