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The Waterbug Book

A Guide to the Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Temperate Australia

John J. Gooderham Edward R. Tsyrlin



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CSIRO Publishing
01 September 2002
Freshwater macroinvertebrates provide a useful and reliable indicator of the health of our rivers, streams, ponds and wetlands. As environmental awareness within the community increases, there is an increasing interest in the need to assess the health of our local waterways and school curriculums are changing to reflect this important ecological trend.

The Waterbug Book provides a comprehensive and accurate identification guide for both professionals and non-professionals. It contains an easy-to-use key to all the macroinvertebrate groups and, for the first time, high quality colour photographs of live specimens. It provides a wealth of basic information on the biology of macroinvertebrates, and describes the SIGNAL method for assessing river health. The Waterbug Book is full of practical tips about where to find various animals, and what their presence can tell about their environment.

Winner of the 2003 Eureka Science Book Prize and the 2003 Whitley Medal.
By:   John J. Gooderham, Edward R. Tsyrlin
Imprint:   CSIRO Publishing
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 148mm,  Spine: 220mm
Weight:   460g
ISBN:   9780643066687
ISBN 10:   0643066683
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 September 2002
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Waterbug Book: A Guide to the Freshwater Macroinvertebrates of Temperate Australia

. . . very readable and clearly designed to appeal to the non-specialist. At the same time, the quality of the pictures is a joy and the written notes are useful for the professional aquatic ecologist. -- (01/01/2003) Without a doubt, anyone interested in water, bugs, or both should have this book on the shelves --David Meagher Trees and Natural Resources (12/01/2002) Gooderham and Tsyrlin have produced an attractive book that will appeal to a wide range of readers interested in freshwaters, their ecology and life. The superb photographs of invertebrates will delight non-professionals and professionals alike. -- (01/01/2002) The authors write with authority and just the right lightness of touch. The color pictures (more than 350) of live creatures are excellent. ... A superb example of scientific publishing for a broad readership. -- (08/01/2002) .. . the definitive guide to toad bugs, marsh flies, aquatic caterpillars, moth flies an rat-tailed maggots that will have your ecologist totally enthralled ... -- (01/01/2002) Farmers involved with environmental monitoring with find The Waterbug Book by John Gooderham and Edward Tsyrlin an invaluable reference. --v Australian Landcare (12/01/2002) . . . The text is extremely well written and authoritative, . . . superb photographs. . . The Waterbug book will appeal to a whole spectrum of readers, from keen naturalists, fly fishermen and students, to water-management authorities, environmental consultants and academics. -- (01/01/2003)

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