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J.C. Roskam

In 1964-1965 Herbert Buhr published his ‘Bestimmungstabellen der Gallen (Zoo- und Phytocecidien) an Pflanzen Mittel- und Nordeuropas’. These keys were developed in the great tradition of cecidology in Europe. During the second half of the twentieth century a new generation of cecidologists expanded significantly our knowledge of plant galls and their distribution, about doubling the knowledge known before.

We concentrated on Buhr’s keys, but implemented additions, especially for Southern Europe, from Houard (1908-1913): Les zoocécidies des plantes d’Europe et du bassin de la Méditerranée. The nomenclature of as well gall inducers as host plants has been updated, and information about specific groups of gall inducers has been reviewed and new insights have been given by a team of specialists. To the proxy 9,000 galls and malformations described by Buhr and Houard, we added about 1,250 new galls which have been described in the more recent literature. Moreover, we collected distribution data for total Europe and, if available, adjacent areas.

VOLUME I: Abies-Myrrhis
VOLUME II: Narcissus-Zygophyllum
VOLUME III: References, Plates, Index

Anne S. Troelstra

Anne Troelstra’s fine bibliography is an outstanding and ground-breaking work. He has provided the academic world with a long-needed bibliographical record of human endeavour in the field of the natural sciences.

The travel narratives listed here encompass all aspects of the natural world in every part of the globe, but are especially concerned with its fauna, flora and fossil remains. Such eyewitness accounts have always fascinated their readers, but they were never written solely for entertainment: fragmentary though they often are, these narratives of travel and exploration are of immense importance for our scientific understanding of life on earth, providing us with a window on an ever changing, and often vanishing, natural world. Without such records of the past we could not track, document or understand the significance of changes that are so important for the study of zoogeography.

With this book Troelstra gives us a superb overview of natural history travel narratives. The well over four thousand detailed entries, ranging over four centuries and all major western European languages, are drawn from a wide range of sources and include both printed books and periodical contributions. While no subject bibliography by a single author can attain absolute completeness, Troelstra’s work is comprehensive to a truly remarkable degree.

The entries are arranged alphabetically by author and chronologically, by the year of first publication, under the author’s name. A brief biography, with the scope and range of their work, is given for each author; every title is set in context, the contents – including illustrations – are described and all known editions and translations are cited. In addition, there is a geographical index that cross refers between authors and the regions visited, and a full list of the bibliographical and biographical sources used in compiling the bibliography.

Fish Atlas of the Celtic Sea, North Sea and Baltic Sea

Based on International Research Vessel Data

Edited by Henk J.L. Heessen, Niels Daan and Jim R. Ellis

The Fish atlas of the Celtic Sea, North Sea, and Baltic Sea presents a unique set of abundance data to describe the spatial, depth, size, and temporal distribution of demersal and pelagic fish species over an extensive marine area, together with accounts of their biology. A large number of pictures, graphs and distribution maps illustrate the text. By largely avoiding -or at least explaining- scientific terms and providing extensive references, the book should be useful for both laymen and scientists.

The quantitative information on some 200 fish taxa is derived from 72,000 stations fished by research vessels during the period 1977-2013. The area covers the northwest Baltic Sea and from Brittany to the Shetlands. Although the surveys extend beyond the shelf edge, only taxa reported at least once in waters less than 200 m are included. Typical deep-water species and typical fresh-water species are excluded.

We hope this publication will contribute to gain a better understanding of the ocean ecosystem.

Edited by Jean-Pierre Boudot and Vincent Kalkman

This is the first detailed and complete overview of the distribution of the dragonflies and damselflies of Europe. An important reference work for professionals and amateurs alike.

- Covers the distribution and habitat selection of all 143 European species of dragonflies and damselflies.
- Gives a complete description of their global and European distribution, illustrated using over 200 distribution maps.
- Gives per species information on taxonomy, range, population trends, flights season-, and habitat.
- Includes unique photos and flight season diagrams for virtually all European dragonflies.
- Contains extensive background information on taxonomy, conservation, and for each country an overview of the history of odonatological studies.

Salamanders of the Old World

The Salamanders of Europe, Asia and Northern Africa

Max Sparreboom

Salamanders of the Old World is a new in-depth reference work covering all the salamander species of Europe, Asia, and North Africa. A marvellous addition for the herp community that comes recommended for researchers, managers, conservationists, students, and salamander enthusiasts.

Salamanders of the Old World
• features information on biology and life history of salamanders
• includes over 150 species of Europe, Asia, and North Africa
• richly illustrated
• focuses on habitat, behaviour, and reproduction
• information on identification, eggs and larvae, and threats and species conservation
• distribution maps for all species
• an extensive reference list.

Published in cooperation between KNNV Publishing and Naturalis Biodiversity Centre (The Netherlands).

Ph. Stoutjesdijk and J.J. Barkman

In Microclimate, Vegetation & Fauna the ecologist meets the meteorologist: it is about the biological aspects of microclimate and its variation in horizontal and vertical directions. The great diversity found in the various habitats is stressed, also as far as the microclimate is concerned.The stronghold of this book on microclimatology or the ‘minor weather’ in the immediate surroundings of plants and animals is its capacity to unravel the causal relationships between climate, topography, soils, vegetation and fauna. The manifold interactions in between are explained in detail and it is concluded that the connections are so intimate that each species has its own microclimate.
This book is unique and interesting for a wide audience. It specifically targets natural scientists and students in biology with an interest in climatology and climatologists with an interest in biology.

Chironomidae Larvae, Vol. 3: Orthocladiinae

Biology and Ecology of the Aquatic Orthocladiinae

Henk K.M. Moller Pillot

Chironomidae Larvae of the Netherlands and Adjacent Lowlands

Chironomids are a group of non-biting midges, the larvae of which are important in aquatic ecosystems. The subfamily Orthocladiinae is well represented in flowing water. This books contains information about their life cycle, feeding behaviour and their response to environmental factors. Chironomidae Larvae, Vol. 3: Orthocladiinae presents a wealth of information for scientific and practical purpose.

The subfamily Orthocladiinae is especially well represented in flowing water. Most of the species need a good supply of oxygen and few larvae are bottom dwellers. Many species emerge early in spring and may be scarce in summer. Other species live in stagnant and even temporary water bodies.

• information about the life cycle and feeding behaviour of the larvae and their response to environmental factors such as oxygen conditions, current velocity and saprobity
• special attention to the interrelations between these factors
• general and specific aspects of the systematics, biology and ecology the genera and species
• nomenclature and identification

An invaluable tool for aquatic ecologists and water quality management.

Volume 1: Chironomidae Larvae - General ecology and Tanypodinae
Volume 2: Chironomidae Larvae - Biology and ecology of the Chironomini
Volume 3: Chironomidae Larvae - Biology and Ecology of the Aquatic Orthocladiinae

Aquatic Oligochaeta of the Netherlands and Belgium

Identification Key to the Oligochaetes

Ton van Haaren and Jan Soors

Bristle worms, or oligochaetes, are a large and diverse group of invertebrates. Most oligochaetes living in this region live in fresh or brackish water: no fewer than 136 species in total. They play an important ecological role thereby giving much information about the condition of the ecosystem.

This important, bulky book is the first reference work on the freshwater and brackish water polychaetes in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. It offers a wealth of ecological and taxonomic background information.

Includes a new user determination key. The key is based on characteristics that are relatively easy to distinguish, without specialized equipment.

• a comprehensive overview on morphology, collecting and preservation, identification and ecology
• 136 species including the oligochaete fauna of Germany
• a new, practical key for the identification based on characteristics that are relatively easy to distinguish
• many photographs and schematic drawings
• backgroundinformation on ecology and distribution

An unique tool for aquatic ecologists and water quality management.

Economy and Ecology of Heathlands

Heathland Ecology and Management

Edited by W. Herbert Diemont, Wim J.M. Heijman, Henk Siepel and Nigel R. Webb

Heathlands in Europe reflect a long history of human activity and use. Through the ages heathlands have been of importance as (semi)agricultural areas, hunting territories and various other uses of mankind. This diversity of use has created a cultural diversity over the whole Atlantic area of Europe, from Portugal and Spain in the south to Norway in the north and from Germany in the east to Ireland in the west.

Economy and Ecology of Heathlands shows us both the diversity in use all over Europe and combines this information with the newest insights in ecology and the Natura 2000 status most of these heathlands have got nowadays.

Central theme is how to cover the costs of maintenance of these heathlands. Is their future in new types of commons, or do other types of land ownership, using the revenues of heathland ecosystem services, give better opportunities?

The editors combine a broad variance in knowledge of heathlands varying from all aspects of ecology, land use, as well as economy.

European Flora of the Desmid Genera Staurastrum and Staurodesmus

Identification Key for Desmidiaceae - Morphology - Ecology and Distribution - Taxonomy

Peter F.M. Coesel and Koos J. Meesters

This flora represents the European species of het desmid genera Staurastrum and Staurodesmus and contains reliable identification keys and general information on the morphology, taxonomy, ecology and geographical distribution. An invaluable tool for aquatic ecologists and water quality management.
The desmid genera Staurastrum and Staurodesmus are notorious for their confusing taxonomy and problematic species identification. To a large part this is due to a lack of reliable identification manuals. The present flora, dealing with the European species of these genera, aims to meet this need. As well as general information on the morphology and taxonomy of the genera, identification keys to the species are provided. The discussion of each species includes morphological characteristics, ecology and geographical distribution (also beyond Europe).
As compared to other desmid genera, a large part of the Staurastrum and Staurodesmus species have a euplanktonic way of life. Reliable identification and knowledge of their ecological demands is most important for the assessment of water quality. Many species have a confined geographical distribution, even within Europe. Shifting distribution patterns of those species might be linked to climate change.
Volume 1: Desmids of the Lowlands - Mesotaeniaceae and Desmidiaceae of the European Lowlands
Volume 2: European Flora of the desmid genera Staurastrum and Staurodesmus