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Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States : Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico - John C. Abbott

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States

Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico

Paperback Published: 22nd May 2005
ISBN: 9780691113647
Number Of Pages: 360

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This is the first guide to dragonflies and damselflies of the south-central United States. The book covers 263 species, representing more than half of the North American fauna. The area of coverage significantly overlaps with other regions of the country making this book a useful aid in identifying the dragonflies and damselflies in any part of the United States, Canada, or northeastern Mexico.

More photographs of damselflies in North America appear here than in any other previously published work. All 85 damselfly and 178 dragonfly species found in the region are distinguished by photographs, numerous line drawings, keys, and detailed descriptions to help with identifications. Features include:

Discussions of habitats, zoogeography, and seasonality Details on dragonfly and damselfly life history and conservation An introduction on studying and photographing dragonflies and damselflies An entire section devoted to the external anatomy of dragonflies and damselflies Species accounts organized by family into sections on size, regional and general distribution, flight season, identification, similar species, habitat and biology and ecology Range maps for each species, as well as an extensive bibliography and a list of resources for further study

Industry Reviews

"Recent interest in the amazing order of insects that includes dragonflies and damselflies has sparked numerous publications. This book, by odontologist John C. Abbott is certainly one of the best."--Choice "Each section is full of information ... with expertly drawn illustrations. The photos ... are astonishing... Dragonflies and Damselflies of Texas and the South-Central United States is a fine book that easily dispels the unfortunate myths that have arisen over this misunderstood group since 15th century Europe."--Biology Diges

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
Habitats and Zoogeography of the South-Central United Statesp. 1
Life History of Odonatap. 4
Seasonality of Odonata in the South-Central United Statesp. 6
Conservationp. 7
Studying Odonatap. 8
Photographing Odonatap. 9
External Anatomy of Adult Odonatap. 10
A Guide to the Species Accountsp. 15
Damselflies (Suborder Zygoptera)p. 19
Broad-winged Damsels (Family Calopterygidae)p. 21
Spreadwings (Family Lestidae)p. 29
Threadtails (Family Protoneuridae)p. 46
Pond Damsels (Family Coenagrionidae)p. 52
Dragonflies (Suborder Anisoptera)p. 149
Petaltails (Family Petaluridae)p. 151
Darners (Family Aeshnidae)p. 153
Clubtails (Family Gomphidae)p. 176
Spiketails (Family Cordulegastridae)p. 215
Cruisers and Emeralds (Family Corduliidae)p. 218
Skimmers (Family Libellulidae)p. 240
Additional Speciesp. 309
Checklist of South-Central United States Odonatap. 311
Glossaryp. 315
Bibliographyp. 319
Field Guides and Other Reference Worksp. 319
Odonata Societiesp. 319
Sources Cited in Textp. 319
Photo Creditsp. 335
Indexp. 337
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ISBN: 9780691113647
ISBN-10: 0691113645
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 22nd May 2005
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.57 x 18.8  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 1.12