The Waterbug Book: A Guide to the Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Temperate Australia

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Csiro Publishing, 2002 - Nature - 232 pages
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Winner of the 2003 Eureka Science Book Prize and the 2003 Whitley Medal.

Freshwater macroinvertebrates provide a useful and reliable indicator of the health of our rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands. As environmental awareness within the community increases, there is an increasing interest in the need to assess the health of our local waterways and school curriculums are changing to reflect this important ecological trend.

The Waterbug Book provides a comprehensive and accurate identification guide for both professionals and non-professionals. It contains an easy-to-use key to all the macroinvertebrate groups and, for the first time, high quality colour photographs of live specimens. It provides a wealth of basic information on the biology of macroinvertebrates, and describes the SIGNAL method for assessing river health. The Waterbug Book is full of practical tips about where to find various animals, and what their presence can tell about their environment.

Features

* Easy-to-use key to macroinvertebrate groups
* First book to feature more than 300 colour photographs of live specimens
* 120 diagrams
* Glossary
  

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Contents

Key to macroinvertebrate groups JC
20
Freshwater sponges Porifera
32
Freshwater leeches Hirudinea
41
Freshwater mites and spiders Arachnida
59
amphipods isopods syncarids brine shrimp
68
Freshwater shrimp prawns crab and crayfish Decapoda
77
Springtails Collembola
84
Spongefly larvae lacewing larvae Neuroptera
90
Mayflies Ephemeroptera i
134
True bugs Hemiptera S?
144
Dragonflies and damselflies Odonata
161
Stoneflies Plecoptera
180
Caddisflies Trichoptera f
187
Listing of SIGNAL grades I
213
References 7
219
Index teX
227

Flies true flies Diptera jsA
112

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 219 - Cummins, KW, and Klug, MJ (1979). Feeding ecology of stream invertebrates.
Page 219 - The ecology of two intermittent streams in Victoria, Australia. II. Comparisons of faunal composition between habitats, rivers and years.
Page 220 - BALL IR (1979) Contributions to the biology of freshwater planarians (Turbellaria) from the Victorian Alps, Australia. Hydrobiologia, 62, 137-64.
Page 220 - KF (1997). Changes in biofilms induced by flow regulation could explain extinctions of aquatic snails in the lower River Murray, Australia. Hydrobiologia, 347, 97-108.
Page 220 - Merritt, RW & Cummins, KW (eds) (1996). An Introduction to the Aquatic Insects of North America. 3rd edition, xii + 441 pp.
Page 224 - NM (2001). New genera of Veliidae (Hemiptera: Heteroptera) from Australia, with notes on the generic classification of the subfamily Microveliinae. Invertebrate Taxonomy, 15,217-58.

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About the author (2002)

John Gooderham is a freshwater ecologist who has spent his professional life working with waterbugs as researcher, author, consultant and teacher. John has lectured internationally and has been involved in a number of community education programs in Victoria and Tasmania.

Edward Tsyrlin is a freshwater ecologist who has spent his professional life working with waterbugs as researcher, author, consultant and teacher. John has lectured internationally and has been involved in a number of community education programs in Victoria and Tasmania. He works as a professional taxonomist and acts as Waterwatch Coordinator for the Merri Creek Management Committee. His strong interest in macro-photography provided the original motivation for this book.

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