The Complete Field Guide to Dragonflies of Australia

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Csiro Publishing, Oct 12, 2006 - Science - 376 pages
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Dragonflies and damselflies are conspicuous insects – many are large and brightly coloured. Here for the first time is a comprehensive guide to the Australian dragonfly fauna. The book includes identification keys not only for adults but also for their larvae, commonly known as ‘mud eyes’ and often used as bait for freshwater fish. With stunning full-colour images and distribution maps, the book covers all 30 families, 110 genera and 324 species found in Australia. Dragonflies are valuable indicators of environmental well-being. A detailed knowledge of the dragonfly fauna and its changes is therefore an important basis for decisions about environmental protection and management. Their extraordinary diversity will interest entomologists and amateur naturalists alike.
 

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This book is fabulous. Even not knowing anything at all about dragonflies, the book is simple enough to use to enable me to identify a dragonfly that I may have taken photos of. Which is exactly what I want this book for! Read full review

Contents

Species guide
11
EpiproctophoraAnisoptera Dragonflies proper
108
Aeshnidae Hawkers
148
Gomphidae Clubtails
164
Synthemistidae TigertailsSouthern Emeralds
196
Illustrated glossary
300
Keys for the identification of adults
310
Keys for the identification of larvae
328
Studying dragonflies
343
References and further reading
354
Index of common names
360
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