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A Guide to Beetles of BorneoArtist/Author: Bosuang, Steven, Arthur Y.C. Chung and C.L. Chan.
Borneo’s mesmerising natural biodiversity is made up of very many species, including beetles, and very many are also endemic or confined to this island. It follows that it is virtually impossible to attempt including all beetles in the present account. This pictorial guide covers more than 150 beetle species, including some of the most captivating or even inspiring forms known. To foster better awareness and showcase the high diversity of tropical beetles, we feature some large and interesting beetles as well as others commonly encountered in Borneo. More than a third of those featured in this book are endemic to Borneo.
A Guide to Lanternflies of BorneoArtist/Author: Bosuang, Steven, Cedric Audibert, Thierry Porion and C.L. Chan.
The lanternflies are strikingly attractive insects belonging to the bug family Fulgoridae, adorned with bizarre ornamentation and colours. Surprisingly, although there is a great deal of interest in collecting lanternflies worldwide, there is no general book published on these amazing insects until now.
Borneo — one of the world’s most exciting biodiversity hotspots — is renowned for its spectacular species richness residing in evergreen tropical rain forests, home also to a myriad of insects, including the lanternflies. Thus far, just 34 taxa are known from Borneo which are classified in four subfamilies, viz., Lystrinae, Amyclinae, Aphaeninae and Fulgorinae. There are too few specialists working on lanternflies, and many more new species are expected to be discovered and described in the future, so this Guide draws attention to these fascinating insects in a timely way.
Pyrops, the largest genus in the Fulgorinae in Borneo, is represented by 10 taxa (9 species and a subspecies), all having a forward and upwardly curving, protuberance on the head that also characterises the genera Datu, Saiva and Zanna (each with a solitary species known); Saiva karimbujangi and Egregia have only very short head processes. On the other hand, the genera Polydictya (7 spp.), Scamandra (6 spp.) and Penthicodes (4 spp.) do not have such a process, and Prolepta ferocula and Samsana chersonesia borneana in subfamily Amyclinae have unusually thin head processes.
In particular, our knowledge of the ecology of these insects is rather wanting. The Bornean lanternflies are found throughout the year although never as abundantly as moths and beetles. They are weak flyers and are active during the day, although at night many species are attracted to light. They are generally covered by white wax on their wings and abdomen, have sucking mouthparts and derive nutrition from the phloem of plants. Little is known of their host specificity but it is generally believed that they are non host-specific, although along north Borneo’s Kinabatangan River, they have often been found on Mata Kuching fruit trees (Dimocarpus longan ssp. malesianus). Much lanternfly mystery awaits the keen enthusiast.
Ecology, Systematics, and the Natural History of Predaceous Diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae).Artist/Author: Yee, Donald.
This title is not held in stock but we are happy to supply on special order. Please contact us. Predaceous diving beetles (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) constitute one of the largest families of freshwater insects (~ 4,200 species). Although dytiscid adults and larvae are ubiquitous throughout a variety of aquatic habitats and are significant predators on other aquatic invertebrates and vertebrates, there are no compilations that have focused on summarizing the knowledge of their ecology, systematics, and biology. Such knowledge would benefit anyone working in aquatic systems where dytiscids are an important part of the food web. Moreover, this work will allow a greater appreciation of dytiscids as model organisms for investigations of fundamental principles derived from ecological and evolutionary theory. Contributed chapters are by authors who are actively engaged in studying dytiscids and each chapter offers a synthesis of the current knowledge of a variety of topics and will provide future directions for research.
Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of SeashellsArtist/Author: Scales, Helen.
This book provides a natural history of the seashell. Two major themes weave through the narrative: the science and natural history of shells and their original owners, and the cultural importance and ways they have been used by humans over the millennia. Helen Scales shows how these simple objects have been sculpted by fundamental rules of mathematics and evolution, how they gave us colour, gems, food and money, and how they are prompting new medicines and teaching scientists how our brains work. Seashells are also bellwethers of the impact of humanity on the environment.
Molluscs today face an onslaught of anthropogenic challenges, notably ocean acidification, a side-effect of climate change that could see 30% of all seashells gone in just twenty-five years. But rather than dwelling on what we risk losing, this book emphasises that seashells offer an accessible way to reconnect with nature, helping to heal the rift between ourselves and the living world, and it reveals in full the amazing story of these undersea wonders of calcium carbonate.
Bugs in Close-UpArtist/Author: Hutton, Colin.
OUT OF STOCK. REPRINT UNDER CONSIDERATION. Macro photography brings the world of bugs to life! These creatures are all around us, yet too diminutive to be observed by the human eye. The extreme photographic close-ups featured in this book, illustrate a hidden fauna of alien-looking critters from around the world. Covers a range of insects and their behaviours including assassin bugs, rhinoceros beetles, insect swarms and societies (army ants, bees and so on), inter-species relationships (ants ‘farming’ caterpillars), and giants of the bug world (beetles, stick insects and the like). The incredible photography is supported by informative, extended captions detailing the subjects and, in some cases, how the images were taken.
Octopus: The Most Mysterious Creature in the SeaArtist/Author: Courage, Katherine Harmon.
Octopuses have been captivating humans for as long as we have been catching them. Yet for all of our ancient fascination and modern research, we still have not been able to get a firm grasp on these enigmatic creatures. Katherine Harmon Courage dives into the mystifying underwater world of the octopus and reports on her research around the world. She reveals, for instance, that the oldest known octopus lived before the first dinosaurs and that two thirds of an octopus’s brain capacity is spread throughout its arms. Filled with interviews with leading experts, this book is both entertaining and scientifically grounded.
Conus of the Southeastern United States and CaribbeanArtist/Author: Kohn, Alan J.
Prized for their amazing variety and extraordinary beauty, Conus is the largest genus of animals in the sea. The shells of these marine mollusks occur throughout the world’s tropical and subtropical oceans and contribute significantly to marine biodiversity. The neurotoxic venoms they produce have a range of pharmaceutical applications, from painkillers to antidepressants. This beautifully illustrated book identifies 53 valid species of the southeastern United States and the Caribbean, a region that supports a diverse but taxonomically challenging group of Conus. Introductory chapters cover the evolution and phylogeny of the genus, and notes on methodology are provided. Detailed species accounts describe key identification features, taxonomy, distribution, ecology, toxicology, life history, and evolutionary relationships. The book includes more than 2,100 photos of shells on 109 splendid color plates; more than 100 additional photos, many depicting live animals in color; and 35 color distribution maps.
A Guide to the Spiders of AustraliaArtist/Author: Framenau, Volker W., Barbara C. Baehr and Paul Zborowski.
The first comprehensive guide to cover all 79 spider families that occur in Australia. This book contains nearly 400 colour photographs of spiders and their webs, many of which have never been published before. The detailed introduction covers spider structure, evolution, reproduction, silk and venom, and family characteristics.
Atlas of Crustacean LarvaeArtist/Author: Martin, Joel W., Jorgen Olesen and Jens Hoeg, editors.
Crustaceans, familiar to the average person as shrimp, lobsters, crabs, krill, barnacles, and their many relatives, are easily one of the most important and diverse groups of marine life forms. Poorly understood, they are among the most numerous invertebrates on earth. Most crustaceans start life as eggs and move through a variety of morphological phases prior to maturity. In this book, more than 45 of the world’s leading crustacean researchers explain and illustrate the beauty and complexity of the many larval life stages. Revealing shapes that are reminiscent of aliens from other worlds, often with bizarre modifications for a planktonic life or for parasitization, including (in some cases) bulging eyes, enormous spines, and aids for flotation and swimming, the abundant illustrations and photographs show the detail of each morphological stage and allow for quick comparisons. The diversity is immediately apparent in the illustrations: spikes that deter predators occur on some larvae, while others bear unique specializations not seen elsewhere, and still others appear as miniature versions of the adults. Small differences in anatomy are shown to be suited to the behaviours and survival mechanisms of each species.
King Crabs of the World: Biology and Fisheries ManagementArtist/Author: Stevens, Bradley G., editor.
This book is the first comprehensive reference that discusses King crab systematics, anatomy, biology, life history, behaviour, and fisheries management, bringing together published information from scattered sources, including data from national reports that are difficult to access and are not in English. The text also includes a treasure trove of original data and underwater photographs that have never been published. This book consolidates extensive professional knowledge into a single volume that will serve as a basis for education and research for many decades to come.
Bugs Rule: An Introduction to the World of InsectsArtist/Author: Cranshaw, Whitney and Richard Redak.
Provides a lively introduction to the biology and natural history of insects and their non insect cousins, such as spiders, scorpions, and centipedes. Richly illustrated by over 800 colour photographs, this textbook provides a concise overview of the basics of entomology with numerous sidebars that highlight and explain key points. Detailed chapters cover each of the major insect groups, describing their physiology, behaviours, feeding habits, reproduction, human interactions, and more. It covers the biology and natural history of all the insect orders while also providing a thorough review of the non insect arthropods, such as spiders, scorpions, centipedes, millipedes, and crustaceans.
Habitat Management for Invertebrates: A Practical HandbookArtist/Author: Kirby, Peter.
A practical guide to the management of habitat for invertebrates. Many invertebrates are highly specialised creatures with very precise habitat requirements, meaning that they can be very sensitive indicators of environmental change. It also means that they can be lost from a site through small changes in management of their habitat. This book is a practical manual covering management for invertebrates: it provides guidelines to enable reserve managers and conservationists to take account of the vulnerable habitat features so important to invertebrates. The introduction gives an overview of British invertebrate species, site size and vegetation structure, management need of invertebrates and a summary of invertebrate survey methods. The author then deals, chapter-by-chapter, with each major habitat type: woodland, grasslands, lowland heaths, freshwater wetlands, and coastlands. Although this book has a British focus, information is transferable and will be useful for all those working with invertebrates.