Fauna Malesiana is an international initiative to assemble and diffuse knowledge of zoological diversity. The core activity of the Foundation is to facilitate the identification and management of the zoological diversity of Malesia, that part of Southeast Asia stretching from the Isthmus of Kra (Thailand) to the Solomon Islands. To achieve this, the Foundation develops practical identification guides (Field and Study Guide series), expert systems, and the present Handbook series.
The main purpose of the Fauna Malesiana Handbooks is to summarise, and provide access to, the scattered literature on the extremely diverse fauna of the region for both university education and biological research. The works will prove useful to students and scientists, but also serious amateur workers, both in and outside Malesia. In principle all animal groups can be covered, but priority will be given to economically important groups in the widest sense. Renowned experts in their field will contribute to the series.
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Publication of these volumes has been supported by a grant from Uitvoeringsorganisatie Twinningfaciliteit Suriname Nederland (UTSN), and initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands to stimulate economic and cultural collaboration between Suriname and the Netherlands.
The UTSN grant was awarded to the Dutch natural history museum NCB Naturalis and the National Zoological Collection of Suriname to digitalize the Suriname collection at Naturalis and produce books to raise awareness of the diverse fauna of Suriname and stimulate eco-tourism to the country.
This series provides authoritative identification manuals of insects (and other terrestrial arthropods) of North Western Europe for a wide circle of users: ecologists, conservationists, biologists involved in fauna inventorying and monitoring, as well as insect collectors. The scope of individual volumes varies, reflecting different needs in the treatment of different groups. The geographical coverage focuses on Fennoscandia and Denmark, with some volumes treating more extensive parts of Europe.
All contributions are written in English. In addition to identification keys and descriptions, the volumes provide information on biology and distribution of the taxa treated. Strong emphasis is laid on illustrations, with most volumes providing numerous 'whole animal habitus' illustrations (frequently in colour) in addition to figures of diagnostic structural details.