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A Guide to the Katydids of Australia

David Rentz

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ISBN 10: 0643095543 / ISBN 13: 9780643095540
Published by CSIRO Publishing, 2010
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Title: A Guide to the Katydids of Australia

Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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Australian katydids are among the most commonly seen Australian insects. Most are spectacularly colorful and have highly photogenic adaptive shapes. They are masters of deception in imitating twigs, bark, leaves and stems, and other insects. A few are brightly colored and are distasteful to predators. They range in size from about 5 mm to well over 90 mm. They occur all over Australia in most habitats. Katydids continue to be research subjects in many university curricula, where students study their behavior, acoustical physiology and ecology.

A Guide to the Katydids of Australia explores this diverse group of insects from the family Tettigoniidae, which comprises about 2000 species in Australia. It covers the entire fauna, including Norfolk and Lord Howe islands, but not Christmas Island. It highlights their relationships to plants, humans and the environment, and includes color photographs of most species.

Key features
· Provides an accessible guide to this most conspicuous but little-known group of insects
· Highlights the environmental role with relationships to plants, humans and the environment
· Gives common names as well as scientific names

About the Author:

David Rentz received his PhD in Entomology from the University of California, Berkeley and was appointed Curator of Entomology at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. He held that position until 1975 when he took a similar position at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco. From 1976 to 2001, he was Curator of Orthopteroid Insects in the Australian National Insect Collection, Canberra (CSIRO). His research specialty is the katydids (Tettigoniidae), and he produced three volumes of a monograph on the Australian species. He has written widely on Australian Orthopteroid insects and has produced a number of CDs and CD-ROMs as well as popular books on the Australian fauna. Now retired, he currently lives in Kuranda, Queensland.

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