Invertebrates of Central Texas Wetlands

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Texas Tech University Press, 2005 - Nature - 322 pages
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Along the San Marcos River, in and surrounding Palmetto State Park in south central Texas, lie two square miles of relict ecosystem named the Ottine Wetlands. This area of swamps, marshes, and ponds is especially notable for its geographic isolation from other wetlands in southeastern Texas and for its fascinating intermixture of eastern North American plants and animals and western flora and fauna. The scientific importance of the Ottine Wetlands in the surrounding, relatively dry region was first recognized as early as 1928, yet the swamps and marshes have not been thoroughly studied. This is the first examination of the invertebrates—insects, crustaceans, molluscs, and others—that depend directly or indirectly on the abundant moisture of the wetlands. With nearly 290 full-color illustrations, this book describes and illustrates 241 species of flies, beetles, grasshoppers, wasps, ants, bugs, spiders, scorpions, snails, crustaceans, and millipedes that inhabit the Ottine waters, wetlands, and woodlands. In a brief introduction the authors describe the geological formation of the region and discuss the plant life of the area. They also provide a description of Palmetto State Park, with its easily accessed hiking and nature trails. Following the species descriptions, the book concludes with a glossary and a thorough bibliography of other relevant works on invertebrates. Scientifically thorough, yet readable, this book will appeal to nature lovers of all kinds.
  

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Contents

The Ottine Wetlands of Central Texas
3
Dragonflies and Damselflies
34
Butterflies and Moths
61
Beetles
96
True Flies and Fleas
161
Grasshoppers and Crickets
187
Cockroaches Walkingsticks Mantids and Earwigs
205
Wasps and Ants
215
Crustaceans Millipedes and Centipedes
263
Spiders and Scorpions
273
Snails and Slugs
284
TexasEndemic Invertebrates of the Ottine Wetlands
291
Exotic Invertebrates of the Ottine Wetlands
292
Glossary
293
Bibliography
295
Index
311

Nervewinged Insects Scorpionflies and Hangingflies
229
True Bugs
240

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About the author (2005)

Taber teaches college biology, photographing insects, and writing. He received a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Scott B. Fleenor, a biologist with special interests in botany and entomology, lives and works in Austin, Texas. He also co-authored, with evolutionary biologist and entomologist Stephen Welton Taber of Saginaw Valley State University in eastern Michigan, Insects of the Texas Lost Pines, and the companion volume to this book, Invertebrates of Central Texas Wetlands.

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