A GUIDE TO THE COCKROACHES OF AUSTRALIA
by David Rentz
2014, 326 pages, 701 photos, 134 4-color maps. This guide furnishes a comprehensive account of the 550 described species found in Australia. The book reveals their diversity and beauty. It looks in detail at their morphology, habitats and ecology. It also explains how to collect and preserve them. Importantly, it allows pest managers & technicians, students and researchers to reliably identify all common pest species as well as the non-pest cockroaches.
* Generously illustrated with high quality photographs of most commonly encountered species
* Provides illustrated keys allowing users to make a reasonable identification
* Includes a guide to collection, preservation and storage of cockroach specimens
Of the hundreds of species of cockroaches (or blattodeans as they are known) found in Australia, only a small number of them give the group a bad name. The Guide will, perhaps, go some way towards elevating the reputation of these much-maligned insects, and promote further study of them. Paperback; 6 x 8-1/2″.
About the Author: David Rentz received his PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley and worked in Philadelphia and San Francisco before moving to Australia. From 1976 to 2001 he was Curator of Orthopteroid Insects in the Australian National Insect Collection, Canberra (CSIRO). His research specialty, the katydids (family Tettigoniidae) has resulted in numerous papers and three volumes of a Monograph of Australian Tettigoniidae. He is also the author of A Guide to the Katydids of Australia, #3854.
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