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Arthropod Diversity and Conservation

  • Editors
  • David L. Hawksworth
  • Alan T. Bull
  • Draws together a wide range of peer-reviewed primary research papers from biodiversity researchers around the world

  • Provides examples from a wide spectrum of issues representing the current state-of-the art in arthropods

  • Provides examples of recent work, usable as case studies for courses in ecology, restoration, biodiversity, conservation

  • Enables specialist researchers to see primary research papers tackling problems in arthropods


Part of the Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation book series (TOBC, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Michael J. Samways
    Pages 1-2
  3. Thibault Lachat, Serge Attignon, Julien Djego, Georg Goergen, Peter Nagel, Brice Sinsin et al.
    Pages 3-23
  4. Rafael Dias Loyola, Sofia-Luiza Brito, Rodrigo Lopes Ferreira
    Pages 25-42
  5. Tim Diekötter, Kerstin Walther-Hellwig, Manuel Conradi, Matthias Suter, Robert Frankl
    Pages 43-54
  6. Freerk Molleman, Arjan Kop, Paul M. Brakefield, Philip J. De Vries, Bas J. Zwaan
    Pages 93-107
  7. Tobias O. Bickel, Carsten A. Brühl, Jürgen R. Gadau, Bert Hölldobler, K. Eduard Linsenmair
    Pages 143-161
  8. Alberto Jiménez-Valverde, Silvia Jiménez Mendoza, José Martín Cano, Miguel L. Munguira
    Pages 163-176
  9. Anna-Christine Sander, Tobias Purtauf, Stephanie I. J. Holzhauer, Volkmar Wolters
    Pages 231-245
  10. Michael D. Ulyshen, James L. Hanula, Scott Horn, John C. Kilgo, Christopher E. Moorman
    Pages 247-260
  11. Frank Suhling, Göran Sahlén, Andreas Martens, Eugene Marais, Carsten Schütte
    Pages 297-318

About this book


Despite their enormous bulk and complexity of architecture, plants make up only around a quarter of a million of the 8 million or so species on Earth. The major components of biodiversity, instead, are the smaller, largely unseen, silent majority of invertebrates – most of which are arthropods. Vertebrates, a mere blip on the biotic horizon, are elevated in importance in the bigger scheme of things only by the human psyche.

This collection of more than 30 peer-reviewed papers focuses on the diversity and conservation of arthropods, whose species inhabit virtually every recess and plane – and feature somewhere in virtually every food web – on the planet. Highlighting issues ranging from large-scale disturbance to local management, and from spatial heterogeneity to temporal patterns, these papers reflect some of the most exciting new research taking place today – and in some of the most biodiverse corners of the planet.

Edited by David Hawksworth and Alan Bull, with a preface by Michael J Samways, this book will provide a valuable reference to anyone interested in the diversity and conservation of arthropods.

Reprinted from Biodiversity and Conservation 15:1 (2006), excluding the paper by R. O'Malley et al., The diversity and distribution of the fruit bat fauna (Mammalia, Chiroptera, Megachiroptera) of Danjugan Island, Cauayan, Negros Occidental, Philippines (with notes on the Microchiroptera), pp. 43-56.


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