Matthew J. Colloff: Dust mites

CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, 2009, Hardback, Au$150.00, ISBN 9780643065895, 600 pp
  • Tim R. New
Book Review

In his introduction to this comprehensive book, Matthew Colloff suggests that probably around 1–2% of the world’s people suffer from allergy to house dust mites—a largely unrecognized impact from a group of invertebrates that rarely intrudes on the consciousness of most ecologists or conservation biologists. These tiny arachnids are ubiquitous, but not markedly diverse (a reference cited on p. 147 reports more than 140 species of mite from house dust, most of them of little significance). However, this book is indeed significant, of interest well beyond the acarologist or medical entomologist specialist readership the title might imply, and includes all that one might wish to discover about dust mites. It is encyclopedic in scope but far from a ‘dry text’, and is engagingly written. Each of the main chapters contains considerable background for non-specialist readers—so that, for example, the initial chapter on taxonomy is one of the clearest expositions of the discipline I have...

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ZoologyLa Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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