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Ants of New Zealand / Warwick Don ; with a foreword by Edward O. Wilson.

By: Don, Warwick.
Contributor(s): Otago Museum.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Dunedin, N.Z. : Otago University Press in association with the Otago Museum, 2007Description: 239 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 27 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877372476 (hbk.); 1877372471(hbk.).Subject(s): Ants -- New Zealand | Ants -- New Zealand -- Identification | Insect societies -- New Zealand | Ants New ZealandDDC classification: z595.796
Contents:
Introducing the World of Ants -- Illustrated Key to the Ants of New Zealand -- Ant Species -- Collecting, Preserving, Culturing and Studying Ants -- Four Myrmecologists of the Past -- Maps: North Island and South Island collecting areas.
Review: "Ants of New Zealand is the first book on the subject and is the outcome of a life-time's interest in these social insects. It is written for everyone: professional entomologists and ecologists, students with projects or theses in mind, those with an interest in natural history, and of course people who may encounter strange species in their homes and gardens." "Questions about the identification of ants are frequently fielded by museums and research establishments. The Illustrated Key, diagrams and photographs provided by the author will greatly assist this task, as will the extensive glossary of terms. For would-be students of ants, there is a useful chapter on collecting and studying these fascinating insects." "The relationship of the New Zealand ant fauna to the greater world of ants, both through time and with respect to species composition, is discussed in an introductory chapter. Also included are important aspects of ant biology, providing background to the detailed descriptions of individual species that follow."--BOOK JACKET.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

This book is the outcome of a lifetime's research by Warwick Don. He reveals that there are 37 established species of ants in New Zealand, 11 of which are considered to be endemic. This leaves 26 that are exotic or introduced, 2 of which are recent arrivals. Three of 4 additional recent arrivals pose serious threats to New Zealand's invertebrate fauna and economy if they ever become established.

Includes bibliography (p. 223-229) and index.

Ch. 1. Introducing the World of Ants -- Ch. 2. Illustrated Key to the Ants of New Zealand -- Ch. 3. Ant Species -- Ch. 4. Collecting, Preserving, Culturing and Studying Ants -- Ch. 5. Four Myrmecologists of the Past -- Maps: North Island and South Island collecting areas.

"Ants of New Zealand is the first book on the subject and is the outcome of a life-time's interest in these social insects. It is written for everyone: professional entomologists and ecologists, students with projects or theses in mind, those with an interest in natural history, and of course people who may encounter strange species in their homes and gardens." "Questions about the identification of ants are frequently fielded by museums and research establishments. The Illustrated Key, diagrams and photographs provided by the author will greatly assist this task, as will the extensive glossary of terms. For would-be students of ants, there is a useful chapter on collecting and studying these fascinating insects." "The relationship of the New Zealand ant fauna to the greater world of ants, both through time and with respect to species composition, is discussed in an introductory chapter. Also included are important aspects of ant biology, providing background to the detailed descriptions of individual species that follow."--BOOK JACKET.

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CHOICE Review

Fifty years after the appearance of W. L. Brown's monograph on New Zealand Formicidae ("A review of the ants of New Zealand," Acta Hymenopterologica 1 (1958:1-50), entomologists, science historians, and biodiversity researchers welcome the publication of Ants of New Zealand, written by Don, a respected ant researcher at the University of Otago, with a foreword by Edward O. Wilson. The five chapters include three of special utility to the student--an introduction to the study of ants (chapter 1); instructions on collection, preservation, rearing, and methods to study ants (chapter 4); and biographical sketches of four myrmecologists who have contributed to the knowledge of ants of New Zealand (chapter 5). For researchers, chapters 2 and 3 will be particularly useful, providing a key and descriptions of endemic and exotic species that comprise the New Zealand ant fauna, and identifying recent arrivals that could become a threat both to the economy and to native fauna if they become established. Providing an excellent overview and ready reference that also shows where detailed knowledge for some of the described species is incomplete or lacking, this new publication deserves a place on scientists' bookshelves around the world. Summing Up: Highly recommended. General libraries; upper-division undergraduate through professional collections. J. M. Gonzalez Texas A&M University