Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic Insects: Odonata – by Charles W. Heckman

By Charles W. Heckman

Anisoptera is the 1st of 2 volumes at the Odonata within the sequence Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs. The moment will deal with the Zygoptera.

The Anisoptera quantity encompasses the big dragonfly species. a short evaluation of the biology of the gang comprises illustrations of the most morphological beneficial properties in addition to explainations of other structures for naming the wing veins and different buildings. this can organize the person of the quantity to appreciate the various names for a similar constructions that he'll stumble upon within the literature.

The assessment is then by means of keys to facilitate identity of the grownup dragonflies and the recognized larvae, permitting the consumer a excessive chance of deciding on his specimens effectively. as well as anatomical beneficial properties, the keys comprise the identified levels of the species, synonyms, and citations of literature within which additional info approximately each one person species will be acquired. those citations are compiled in an intensive bibliography, together with titles of the unique guides during which descriptions of just about all South American species seemed. even if taxonomic revisions are intentionally refrained from, feedback for added learn are supplied the place the validity of taxa turns out uncertain.

To give you the consumer with the very best chance to differentiate the species, the keys are richly illustrated with pen and ink drawings of hundreds of thousands of person morphological constructions prepared in 797 figures. it really is sure that major adjustments will ensue within the systematics of South American dragonflies sooner or later, and this e-book should still give you the impetus had to speed up the revisional paintings. in the meantime, it is going to offer a accomplished review of the Anisoptera in South the USA that's another way unavailable to so much South American scientists a result of nice problems in acquiring the masses of guides from a variety of nations within which the descriptions and revisions of the species seemed. It additionally presents younger entomologists with a simple textual content for studying what they should comprehend to paintings successfully with the Anisoptera of South the US and adjoining areas.

Already released inside this encyclopedia:

-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Collembola ISBN: 0-7923-6704-9
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Ephemeroptera ISBN: 1-4020-0775-2
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Plecoptera ISBN: 1-4020-1520-8

Forthcoming booklet titles:

Forthcoming ebook titles:

-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Odonata - Zygoptera

-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Orthoptera
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Heteroptera;
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Neuroptera, together with Megaloptera
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Trichoptera
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Lepidoptera
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Coleoptera
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Diptera
-Encyclopedia of South American Aquatic bugs: Hymenoptera

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This is not to say that problems do not exist, but the solutions to them are obvious and will demand only the collection and examination of additional specimens to solve. In some cases, artificial rearing of the larvae will certainly supply the necessary information on all developmental stages of individual species that are still poorly known. One troublesome aspect of working with the literature on the South American Odonata is the large number of short publications that must be consulted. Comprehensive reviews and long monographs, which were characteristic of the literature prior to the middle of the 20th century, have become rare.

A row of strong setae are usually located between this hook and the base of the palp. The number such setae and the presence and shape of lobes, denticulations, serrations, crenulations, and fine setae are important features for taxonomists. The lobes on the mandibles are sometimes useful for distinguishing species, as well. Other characters of the head not associated with the mouthparts that are sometimes employed for identification include the general shape of the head, relative sizes of the individual antennal segments, positions of the ocelli, and distance between the compound eyes.

Assuming that specific bright markings on one or both of the sexes are used for recognition of a conspecific partner, certain features of the color pattern could be regarded as definitive species-specific characteristics for identification. In geographical regions where the dragonfly fauna is less diverse and better known, such as Europe, color photos can now be relied upon for species recognition. However, before that stage of knowledge in reached in South America, it will be necessary to combine features of the external morphology with characteristic markings to reliably identify the species encountered.

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