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Stung!: On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the OceanArtist/Author: Gershwin, Lisa-Ann.
Growing toxicity and rising temperatures coupled with overfishing have led many marine species to the brink of collapse. And yet there is one creature that is thriving in this seasick environment: the beautiful, dangerous, and now incredibly numerous jellyfish. As foremost jellyfish expert Lisa-Ann Gershwin describes in this book, the jellyfish population bloom is highly indicative of the tragic state of the world’s ocean waters, while also revealing the incredible tenacity of these remarkable creatures. Recent documentaries about swarms of jellyfish invading Japanese fishing grounds and headlines about armadas of stinging jellyfish in the Chesapeake are only the beginning – jellyfish are truly taking over the oceans. In general, oceans that are less favourable to fish are more favourable to jellyfish, and these are the very conditions that we are creating worldwide. Despite their role as harbingers of marine destruction, jellyfish are enthralling creatures in their own right, and in this book, Gershwin tells stories of jellyfish while illuminating many facts about their behaviours and environmental adaptations. She takes readers back to the Proterozoic era, when jellyfish were the top predator in the marine ecosystem and she explores the role jellies have as middlemen of destruction, moving swiftly into vulnerable ecosystems. The story of the jellyfish, as Gershwin makes clear, is also the story of the world’s oceans, and this book provides a unique and urgent look at their inseparable histories and future.
A Diagnostic Manual of Cowry Species, Subspecies and FormsArtist/Author: Heiman, E. L.,
OUT OF PRINT. This manual contains the main diagnostic shell characters of 189 species and 83 subspecies the taxonomic level of which is confirmed in a Project Intraspecific variation in living cowries (1998-2012). All the conclusions drawn in this project are based on the results of conchological studies. The diagnostic conchological information is supplemented in the Manual by discussion of the 18 main cowry forms and illustrated by more than 1,100 colour pictures.
Common Spiders of North AmericaArtist/Author: Bradley, Richard A. and Steve Buchanan.
Spiders are among the most diverse groups of terrestrial invertebrates, yet they are among the least studied and poorly understood groups. This beautifully illustrated volume is the first comprehensive guide to all 68 families of spiders in North America and illustrates 469 of the most commonly encountered species. Species descriptions include identification tips, typical habitat, geographic distribution, and behavioural notes. A concise illustrated introduction to spider biology and anatomy provides the key for understanding spider relationships. This book is a critical resource for curious naturalists who want to understand this ubiquitous and ecologically critical component of our biosphere.
Sponges: A Museum Victoria Field GuideArtist/Author: Goudie, Lisa, Mark Norman and Julian Finn.
Sponges come in all shapes and sizes, occur in all oceans of the world, and have amazing lives. Sponges have lived in our oceans for 600 million years. Ancient forms even built reefs bigger than the Great Barrier Reef. Today, sponges help clean our oceans, are experts are chemical warfare and can rebuild themselves after being torn apart. Some even live for 2,000 years. There is still much to learn about the diversity and biology of sponges in southern Australian waters, with many species still waiting for formal scientific description. This guide introduces naturalists, beachcombers, divers and others to sponge species commonly encountered in southern Australia.
Walking Sideways: The Remarkable World of CrabsArtist/Author: Weis, Judith S.
The world’s nearly 7,000 species of crabs are immediately recognizable by their claws, sideways movement, stalked eyes, and thick outer shells. These common crustaceans are found internationally, thriving in various habitats from the edge of the sea to the depths of the ocean, in fresh water or on land. Despite having the same basic body type as decapod crustaceans—true crabs have heavy exoskeletons and ten limbs with front pincer claws—crabs come in an enormous variety of shapes and sizes, from the near microscopic to the giant Japanese spider crab.
In Walking Sideways, Judith S. Weis provides an engaging and informative tour of the remarkable world of crabs, highlighting their unique biology and natural history. She introduces us to recently discovered crabs such as the Yeti crab found in deep sea vents, explains what scientists are learning about blue and hermit crabs commonly found at the shore, and gives us insight into the lifecycles of the king and Dungeness crabs typically seen only on dinner plates. Among the topics Weis covers are the evolution and classification of crabs, their habitats, unique adaptations to water and land, reproduction and development, behavior, ecology, and threats, including up-to-date research.
Crabs are of special interest to biologists for their communication behaviors, sexual dimorphism, and use of chemical stimuli and touch receptors, and Weis explains the importance of new scientific discoveries. In addition to the traditional ten-legged crabs, the book also treats those that appear eight-legged, including hermit crabs, king crabs, and sand crabs. Sidebars address topics of special interest, such as the relationship of lobsters to crabs and medical uses of compounds derived from horseshoe crabs (which aren’t really crabs).
While Weis emphasizes conservation and the threats that crabs face, she also addresses the use of crabs as food (detailing how crabs are caught and cooked) and their commercial value from fisheries and aquaculture. She highlights other interactions between crabs and people, including keeping hermit crabs as pets or studying marine species in the laboratory and field. Reminding us of characters such as The Little Mermaid’s Sebastian and Sherman Lagoon’s Hawthorne, she also surveys the role of crabs in literature (for both children and adults), film, and television, as well in mythology and astrology. With illustrations that offer delightful visual evidence of crab diversity and their unique behaviors, Walking Sideways will appeal to anyone who has encountered these fascinating animals on the beach, at an aquarium, or in the kitchen.
Spiders of the Greater Brisbane RegionArtist/Author: Raven, Robert and Owen Seeman.
Highlights the many spiders encountered in homes, gardens and bushland in the Greater Brisbane Region. Each species description includes a full-colour photograph and concise information on key features, habitat and distribution.
A Guide to Australia’s Spiny Freshwater CrayfishArtist/Author: McCormack, Robert B.
Euastacus crayfish, often referred to as ‘spiny crayfish’ for the impressive arrays of spines on their hard armoured shells, are the largest of the 10 genera of Australian freshwater crayfish. This book discusses all 50 species known in Australia, from the iconic Giant Murray lobster that is fished by recreational fishers, to the exceedingly rare Euastacus maidae. These uniquely Australian species range from Cooktown in far north Queensland to Wilson’s Promontory in Victoria. The book discusses basic crayfish anatomy, moulting and growth, morphology, breeding, threats and diseases. It includes colour photographs for each species, as well as a glossary and further reading list.
Abalone: Worldwide HaliotidaeArtist/Author: Geiger, Daniel L. and Buzz Owen.
Abalone or ormers are well-known throughout the world for their decorative shells as well as a seafood delicacy.
Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae provides a thorough introduction to the history, systematics, classification, biology, fisheries, and cultural uses of abalone. The emphasis is on diversity, illustrating all known abalone taxa (species, subspecies and forms) on 92 full color plates. Multiple shells of even the rarest species and hybrids are shown, along with many images of live animals. One species and two subspecies new to science are described.
Abalone: Worldwide Haliotidae is the culmination of decades of research by two of the foremost abalone experts of the world. Dr Daniel L. Geiger, curator at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, wrote his award-winning dissertation on abalone and has continued to pay close attention to the family. Buzz Owen of Gualala, Califomia, is a former abalone diver and abalone aquaculturist with decades of first hand experience of abalone, and has written extensively on various aspects of abalone biology and systematics. Their combined expertise in this collaboration is invaluable.
This reference manual serves as a resource for various readers including shell collectors, museum professionals, naturalists, abalone fishermen, as well as natural resource managers and law enforcement personnel.
Controlling Invertebrate Pests in AgricultureArtist/Author: Page, Jessica and Paul Horne.
Discusses the principles of pest management and relates this to historical methods as well as current and future directions. It describes current practice, the concept of agricultural ecosystems, the role of pesticides and cultural control options. A separate chapter covers biological control and the different ways in which this may be implemented. The book provides a detailed examination of the application of pesticides, the different types that are available and how they may be integrated into more holistic approaches. A summary of all available pest control measures is given to allow the reader to decide which approach is best to adopt. The authors clearly describe why the most ecologically sound methods are not always adopted, but also explain why they can be adopted with great success. Examples of successful implementation of Integrated Pest Management are highlighted, and also a discussion on what is required in the future to achieve successful control of pests in a sustainable manner.
Guide to the freshwater crustacea of New Zealand.Artist/Author: Chapman, M. A., M.H. Lewis, and Michael Winterbourn.
A comprehensive update of the classic volume Introduction to the freshwater Crustacea of New Zealand by Chapman and Lewis (1976). In the intervening 35 years there have been many advances in the systematics of crustaceans leading in many instances to the introduction of new names, and our knowledge of freshwater crustacean biology and ecology has increased substantially. The new book follows a similar format to its predecessor, uses some of the same text, and many of the original figures. However, most of the text and identification keys have been rewritten to accommodate advances in knowledge, and many new line drawings and colour images are included. Each chapter has its own set of references to help users access the relevant literature. Accounts of the Copepoda, Syncarida, and Amphipoda, in particular, contain much new material, and information on the remarkable subterranean and ‘terrestrial’ crustacean faunas is incorporated. The book is intended to be a source of information and a guide to the identification of our inland crustacean fauna that can be used by students, teachers, research workers, and other environmental scientists.
The Seashells of Tasmania: A Comprehensive GuideArtist/Author: Grove, Simon.
Tailored for Tasmania, but relevant for all of southern Australia, this field guide has comprehensive and authoritative coverage of all species likely to be encountered on the shore. The colour photographs illustrate the commonest 350 species. The facing text describes these and a further 100 species.
How often has a casual stroll along a Tasmanian beach resulted in a pocketful of shells that you wish you knew more about? How many species of cowrie have you got sitting in that jar of holiday treasures? How different are winkles and whelks, scallops and oysters, cockles and mussels? Are all those limpets on the rocks the same species? Is that screw-shell native? Are all abalones the same? What shell species went into making that necklace? This book will help you find out – and much more besides.
The author Dr Simon Grove is a professional conservation biologist with a lifelong passion for seashells, marine life and natural history – and a shell collection to match.
Spider Behaviour: Flexibility and VersatilityArtist/Author: Herberstein, Marie Elisabeth, editor.
Spiders are often underestimated as suitable behavioural models because of the general belief that due to their small brains their behaviour is innate and mostly invariable. Challenging this assumption, this fascinating book shows that rather than having a limited behavioural repertoire, spiders show surprising cognitive abilities, changing their behaviour to suit their situational needs. The team of authors unravels the considerable intra-specific as well as intra-individual variability and plasticity in different behaviours ranging from foraging and web building to communication and courtship. An introductory chapter on spider biology, systematics and evolution provides the reader with the necessary background information to understand the discussed behaviours and helps to place them into an evolutionary context. Highlighting an under-explored area of behaviour, this book will provide new ideas for behavioural researchers and students unfamiliar with spiders as well as a valuable resource for those already working in this intriguing field.