Butterflies of Australia: Their Identification, Biology and DistributionHardback
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- Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
- Format: Hardback | 1200 pages
- Dimensions: 218mm x 305mm x 74mm | 4,037g
- Publication date: 30 August 2000
- Publication City/Country: Melbourne
- ISBN 10: 0643065911
- ISBN 13: 9780643065918
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 1,603,933
Joint Winner of the 2001 Whitley Medal. Finalist Scholarly Reference section - The Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing 2001. This outstanding work is the ultimate guide for the identification of Australia's butterflies. Nearly 400 species - all those currently recognised from Australia, plus those from surrounding islands - are represented, with all adults and some immature stages displayed in stunning colour sections. Introductory chapters cover the history of publications, classification, morphology, distribution, conservation and collection, together with a checklist of the butterfly fauna. The body of the text is arranged systematically, providing a wealth of information including description, variation, similar behaviour, distribution and habitat, and major literature references, giving a comprehensive summary of the present state of knowledge of these insects. Appendices provide details of those species recorded from Australian islands outside the Australian faunal subregion, those protected by legislation, the larval food plants, and the attendant ants. Extensive references, a glossary and an index of scientific and common names complete the work.
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"Butterflies are key organisms for the monitoring of biodiversity, and constitute an important system for testing scientific hypotheses in ecology, evolution, and animal behavior. The main reason they can play these important roles is that the widespread interest they attract has led to the publication of many books detailing their taxonomy and biology. This wonderful new volume on Australian butterflies could serve as a model for a new generation of books that will make butterflies an even more important tool for helping humanity understand and manage its crucial life-support systems."