The Waterbug Book: A Guide to the Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Temperate Australia
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.
* Easy-to-use key to macroinvertebrate groups
* First book to feature more than 300 colour photographs of live specimens
* 120 diagrams
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Key to macroinvertebrate groups JC
Freshwater sponges Porifera
Freshwater leeches Hirudinea
Freshwater mites and spiders Arachnida
amphipods isopods syncarids brine shrimp
Freshwater shrimp prawns crab and crayfish Decapoda
Spongefly larvae lacewing larvae Neuroptera
Flies true flies Diptera jsA
abdomen abdominal segment adults Albury algae amphipods animals antennae aquatic Atyidae Australia backswimmers Baetidae beetles body bugs caddisflies Caenids Centre for Freshwater chironomids Classification and distribution coloured common Cooperative Research Centre copepods crayfish crustaceans damselflies detritivores detritus Diptera Distinguishing characteristics diverse dorsal dragonflies Dytiscidae eastern Australia eggs Ephemeroptera families fast-flowing feed female fish flattened flies forelegs Freshwater Ecology freshwater macroinvertebrates gastropods genera genus gills Habitat and ecology hairs head capsule hind legs Hydrophilidae hydrophilids Identification guide insects instar invertebrates labial palps lakes larvae leeches leptocerids lifecycle live macroinvertebrates male mayflies mesonotum mouthparts Natural history nymphs occur oxygen pair plants Plecoptera ponds Possible misidentifications predators prementum prey pro-legs pronotum rivers rocks sclerites sclerotised setae shell shrimp snails sometimes south-eastern Australia species spiders stoneflies streams swimming tails Tasmania taxonomy temperate Australia thorax Trichoptera underside usually vegetation ventral water striders water surface wetlands wings worms
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